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No More Gloom and Doom

No More Gloom and DoomRecent events and news coming out of Antigua & Barbuda may suggest gloom and doom for the "Gem of the Caribbean". The way some nationals refer to the state of affairs in the country, all is lost.

True, the effects of the world economy and some misguided decisions have left the local economy reeling. Times are difficult, and the future does look scary. But, is it over? Should we all pack up and go?

My answer is a resounding no. Contrary to what some would want you to believe, the future of Antigua & Barbuda is bright.

Those of us who on a daily basis look for ways to improve the local situation are committed to a future full of life for our children and their children. Behind every dark cloud is a silver lining.

It is important then that we who have the interest of the nation at heart demonstrate the will to change so that the future can surely be positive.


It will not be easy for this to happen, but as my mother used to say, "Nothing good comes easy." So, for those ready for that new day, brace yourself, grab your confidence, and join the working gang.

We must place that divisive nature of the political climate aside; that "red and blue” wave of separation has to go. Armed with honesty as the best policy, let us recognize that we have been heading down a wrong road and we must stop now.

I don’t need to be reminded of the political hatred that consumes us. I see the disease every day from near and far. For once, let’s take a stride outside of that filth that has done nothing good and will never do anything good for us.

The future cannot be bright if we move towards it with the same mindset that held us in the dungeons of futility. And guess what - we have all the tools necessary to accomplish this. I’m reminded of the words of a top coach in the United States, who after watching some Antiguan basketballers remarked, "If only they would imagine".

The way forward has to be led by those who are willing to see the light of tomorrow where we live in peace with each other. Our energies must be centered around the hopes of a better way of life. If we imagine it, it can happen. We are going nowhere fighting each day.

Let us learn from those who shoot and kill each other how deplorable their lives have become. We may not be using guns and bombs, but to fight is to fight; no matter the weapons used, the results are the same.

There is no question that Antiguans are brilliant people, and with the proper guidance and leadership can do wonders. Let’s demonstrate that brilliance in a tangible way. And what better way than to put our energies into making our home peaceful, loving, and a place we can be proud to call home.

Sometimes, it has been shameful to call Antigua & Barbuda home. I’m hopeful that there are more of us committed to an improved Antigua for all, rather than those who continue to fight for all for some.
God has blessed us with a piece of paradise that makes those who are aware recognise its extremely high spiritual vibe. There are so many untapped areas that need to be developed, which can be done only in peace. Until we reach that place, Antigua & Barbuda’s true potential will never be reached.

The sooner we recognise this, the sooner we will be able to come to terms with what lays before us. The future of Antigua & Barbuda will depend on us utilizing the skills of our young men and women who are highly educated.


We live in a technological age and we must "get with the programme to move in tune with the rest of the world. With our brilliant minds being our one main resource, let’s reach our highest potential to allow for the highest output. To accomplish this, there must be accountability at all levels.

The recognition of our local talents must be embraced and utilized ahead of outside sources. The way forward cannot be a "hit and miss" situation. All decisions must be thoughtfully and thoroughly examined, and best practice put in place; if it’s not best for Antigua, then it’s not for Antigua.

I’m confident that we can accomplish this, not simply because it can be done, but because it must be done. We have a general idea of a brighter day. Now let us work towards that, removing the petty jealousies that only keep us from seeing that new dawn.

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#7 Disgusted » 2010-09-24 04:01

I agree with " I PRAY TOO" after a lenghty abscence from Carib Arena, i think Magic should come up with something with a little more substance, This is shallow .
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#6 Reason » 2010-09-23 02:25

Having vision is to be lauded, but there must be a plan, widespread support and acceptance of that plan and a desire to succeed. Maybe this phase of "disruption and confusion" are part of our growing process of our country as a nation; maybe we have to come thru this order to arrive at a nirvana. The answers can only be found if we as a people reawaken, see past, move past the political divides which are so deeply rooted, and come down on the side of reason and action.

Your vision and longing are shared by many both at home and abroad - the plan and leadership are now necessary for the next steps to occur.
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#5 I PRAY TOO » 2010-09-23 00:48

Magic, I value your ideals but the way to wholesome is not denial of hurts, pains and diseases. Proper disagnosis is critical and must come on the heels of knowing what not to do and what to do better. You can't skip and jump to solutions without accurately **sing the problems. So your ideas are based on the Lovell's optisimism but that kind of unrealistic hope is not grounded in hard core reality. Are your social critiques tamed because you are getting a fat salary having moved to NY? Where is that fire in your belly to tell the nation the truth. I hope the UPP has not got you in the palms of their hands. Question: How are we going to move forward? What kind of reeducation is neccessary? How do we change criteria for leadership? What structures should be put in place to faciliate positive change? How do we address inherented colonial thinking and a culture of badmindedness? Write more than pie in the sky ideals.
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#4 Skyewill » 2010-09-23 00:21

Performance **sment in the area of understanding and insight, requires that a participant demonstrate his ability to size up situations, see patterns, develop categories, figure out cause-and-effect relationships, and in general, to apply knowledge and thought processes to the analysis and solution of problems. MUST FIRST KNOW, YOU DON'T KNOW!!! AND BE BIG ENOUGH AND BRAVE ENOUGH TO ADMIT WHEN YOU ARE WRONG AND HAVE STRENGHT TO CHANGE DIRECTION.
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#3 Morris » 2010-09-22 23:25

I share your sentiments.
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#2 Skyewill » 2010-09-22 22:38

Antiguans do not realize what we have. I Martin Luther King could have seen Antigua a land that is ruled by Black people. Our ancestors dreamed of this. We have a responsibility to the children of Africa who were slaves to do right. Black Americans are still waiting for their 40 acres and a mule, we got an island paradise and look what we are doing to it such a shame
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#1 Skyewill » 2010-09-22 22:33

Magic You are 100. I would back anyone who have those ideals you stated in your article. Sometimes I can see Antigua at a point of know return, seriously done, mash up. How can they be hope when you have people running a country who think they are always right, even when it is obviously wrong. They spin failure instead of admitting wrong and make correction. How can anyone support this kind of mentality? Their are good people in ALP & UPP so how come they don't speak out? Just last night I was thinking things maybe hopeless, Name one Politician who truly should return to power. I can't find one, dead or alive. They all talk as if they have done such great things. Not much has changed over the past 60 years. We still can't build a decent road. Look at the intersection of American Road and Factory road. The big hole been there before I was born over 50 years. Millions on an Airport that looks like crap, A brand new stadium rusting and I am sure they will say we need the rust for some reason just like when the roof blew off. Millions spent on customs at the port years later the website look like a 3 year old created it not the brilliant Idea of a so-called PhD.
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