Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Focus on the Future

By Marcus M. Mottley, Ph.D.


I urge all Antiguan and Barbudan citizens to focus on the future as they vote in tomorrow’s historic elections.

What is your vision of the future?

Do you see a country that continues on the track of good governance, decent leadership and political restraint?

Or do you see a country that will be racked with political diatribe by an incoming team of politicians hell bent on saving themselves from the legal nightmare that faces them?

Do you envision a future where our leaders turn their attention fully on addressing the current global financial crisis? Do you see our leaders continuing to minimize the impact of the global financial crisis on the lives of common folk by developing meaningful programs that touch everyone? Do you see a well run new hospital, a modern library that serves our educational needs,  and a car park that reduces the parking and traffic crunch and confusion in the city?

Our future is at the crossroads and it is in our hands… yours and mine.  I know that I am going to vote responsibly… I know that I will vote UPP!

Do what you will with your vote… and remember: There is a child who does not want the school meal program rolled back; there is a teenager who is depending on the library to be completed; there is an elderly pensioner who wants to make sure that she gets her monthly check… without fail; there is a university student overseas who wants to know that the government is going to fulfill its commitment to pay for his education; there is an old man who wants to make sure that he gets his free medications from the clinic; there is a hotel worker and a vendor who want to be assured that the tourists will visit; there is a small business person who would like to invest in the new programs that are being developed by the current government; and, there are our children – yours and mine – who want to be assured that our lands are not given away or gifted to the next smooth-talking investor who visits our beautiful shores…

Let us focus on the future… it is in our hands… yours and mine! Let’s be responsible… I suggest that you vote UPP!