During election time the discussions often become heated. Focus is often diverted to side issues from the main challenges that are difficult to resolve.
There was a lot of commotion on your site about the origin of the mail published in my last letter to the editor. There seems to be a general agreement that this mail has been circulating since 2003. IT experts have confirmed that the technical information in the headers of the mail is valid. So, technically, the content is not suspicious. But has the mail been really send by W?
Some claim that the originality of the mail was already questioned in 2003. At that time it would have been very easy for W to prove that the mail did not originate from his computer by having his computer checked by the authorities. He did have a good motivation to do this because it surfaced in election time as well. However, for reasons unknown, W did not choose to do so. Because of this, it cannot be proven anymore that the email is a falsification. Given these facts, I have no reasons to assume that the email was not send by W.
However is this relevant? In my view, it is not. The process of deciding “who goes where with whom and who gets compensated” is a common procedure everywhere. This is nothing to get excited about. There are many different interests, so compromises cannot be avoided. Nothing wrong here. What is clear, is, that W is a real leader.
It was interesting to observe, that no remarks were made about the fishy issues. Questionable behavior seems to be acceptable by the community.
On another issue: the political programs of the two parties.
Neither party seems to have concrete proposals for solving the issues they identified. In both programs, the top issue is the high cost of living. Sabans wake up! You are living on an isolated island in the Caribbean. With 2000 souls on board this is almost a private island for all of you. And you are amazed about the high cost of living?????
Even if the ABB would be removed, the prices would only decrease a small margin: 6% means $ 0.06 on a dollar!!!! You would hardly notice that. The Unique supermarket gives 10% discount on Wednesdays and Saturdays. That is almost double the impact than a removal of the ABB would have! Yet on these days it can be observed that many people are still frequenting the other supermarkets.
Increasing salaries would immediately result in increased cost of living. There is no magic in 2015.
What could be done though, is to reduce the impact of the high cost of living for those on low salaries or pensions. This is done in Holland. It holds an increase of tax for those are well off and distribute these new funds to the poor through subsidies. This can be done in a way that is neutral for the overall budget, so Holland will not complain.
However, the solution that both parties advocate, is to force the tax payers in Holland to send more money to Saba, without the residents doing anything in return. It should be Christmas on Saba all year round!
Neither party is addressing the problems of the roaming goats. The WIPM government is reducing the problem temporarily by having some of the goats shot, but refuses to work on a final solution, although this is of course very straight forward. The SLP does not want to touch this issue. No change here!
Neither party has proposals for making the dualistic system efficient (See my letter to the editor on this subject). This is the basis of our democratic system. From my perspective, this should be a key issue in this election. Change is needed, but the party that supports “Change” does not seem to have better ideas to effect this than the sitting government.
So on March 18, do you go for “The Devil you know” or for “The Devil you don’t know yet”?
The choice is yours.