Louie Louie Louie, or as your loyal subjects refer to you Rey Louis XVII.
I have great appreciation for your sharp focus and expert analysis, of the troubling issues which continue to plague our Spice Society.
And while I would like to see the athletic talents among us exploited to their fullest my concern is also for those youth who has to exist outside of the academic space. Those who never made it to secondary school, or had to drop out before completion. No CXC, no job,no scholarships, track or academic, to US colleges, where is their safety net. Could we not have begged borrowed or stolen, resources from all those international organizations who pledge support to the less fortunate, to establish some "trade schools" so that these kids could develop skills which would afford them the opportunity to feed themselves,their families, and make meaningful contribution, to the nations economy?
Could those five estates which was leased out to the private sector, not have been converted to agricultural school farms, turning out 500 skilled young farmers per year, while still earning positive cash floors for the country's treasury.?
What should keep us all at night is not the IMF, but the growing malaise in the country, where too many of the able bodied is treating "Work" like a dirty four letter word to be avoided at all cost, and in its place, resort to waiting for remittances,begging, stealing, and other criminal activity to, as they say "eat ah food".
Then there are those who exploit whatever activity or opportunity, public or private, for their own gains,weddings, funerals,city streets and sidewalks, carnival, crown lands, 'peck a mel, creeping anarchy,producing surging crime. Read last weeks papers.We cannot lay all this at the feet of THIS Government or Any Administration, we the people must take responsibility for our negative actions, and not be insensitive to that of our fellow citizens.
As for folks being receptive to new ideas and advice,from fellow Grenadians, don't hold your breath.Even in the 1940's people said to their relatives "Don't go on that Island Queen,"well who knew? Oh and even two weeks ago didn't Selwyn say don't go in the River below the bridge,"it hah jumbie dey". He would have said it in Chinese if he knew the lingo, is Mamma San of the Emperor's House of Epicurian Eats, giving free lessons?