You may access Part I here: “Why We Won’t Come Home (Part I of IV)”
You may access Part II here:”Why We Won’t Come Home (Part II of IV)”
You may access Part II here:”Why We Won’t Come Home (Part III of IV)”
Why We Won’t Come Home (Part IV of IV)
Let’s bring it home now and talk about specific problems. We need to fix the problem with our ports. There is too much corruption and greediness and lack of organization. There is too much reliability on it as a source of funding for the government. Transparent distribution of taxes on different services would be welcomed above what seems to be a car payment in disguise. We need to fix the problem with our crime. Maybe if our police force was a bit more diverse and people were employed from different islands, we wouldn’t have to worry about so much corruption in the force and we could start seeing safer streets. Maybe then we can get a handle on the drug problem and have less children addicted to so many drugs. So many of my childhood friends need rehab now, and it is sad. Maybe when our politicians realize that people from other islands can take their jobs away (yes, how about we make that possible) they will start implementing plans that benefit the people and not them. Maybe then we can start driving on more roads and stop driving on what seems to be the surface of Mars. Maybe then we can have more attractive communities that will give the international investors somewhere to live other than one corner of the island because that’s probably the only area that hasn’t been transformed into a ghetto as yet. With more qualified people returning back home, we’ll have reliable services in all areas. Running water, electricity, and internet becomes an expectation and not a wish. With more Software Engineers returning home, I can pay all my bills online. My medical claims can be processed a lot quicker because there exists an API (Google it) that allows for electronic data interchange between medical providers and insurance companies. Maybe then, since we would have a diverse and large enough workforce, we can establish credit scores amongst the islands – A win –win situation for both the business and the consumer creating a better standard of living. Maybe we don’t have to be stuck in the same state we were when we mistakenly got independence from the Queen (God bless her sweet heart). Maybe it’s actually not too late for the Caribbean to be a place of desire and not just entertainment. An island cannot survive on entertainment alone. Is it just about waking up every day waiting and planning for that one source of passing entertainment called Carnival and then returning to a stagnant life? That’s called Hollywood, and I can order that kind of entertainment on Netflix. Let’s have some sort of pride, and build a country and not some low budget film.
Nethaneel Masarick Edwards, Son of the Soil
You know how to find me.