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THE BIG QUESTION: What changes do you want to see before the 50th year of Independence in 2023?

As we prepare to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Bahamian Independence, what changes would you like to see in the nation before the 50th anniversary?

You can leave your answers in the comments section below.

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 5 months ago

A new Constitution ............. a new Republic ....... Unicameral Parliament ....... elected President ........ Real local Government for each island ........... Real democracy.

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Dawes 3 years, 5 months ago

No more PLP or FNM, a new party which would actually put the people of this Country first rather then themselves or their family etc.

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DDK 3 years, 5 months ago

The hoisting of the Union Jack LOL!

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Well_mudda_take_sic 3 years, 5 months ago

Britain was only too happy to get rid of us in 1973.....they would never take us back now, and rightfully so.

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empowermentorlkemp 3 years, 5 months ago

those who wish to return to their Colonial Oppressors are victims of Colonialized Slavery Conditioning

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realitycheck242 3 years, 5 months ago

The Economy of the Bahamas growing by a minimum 5.0% GDP annually so that this economy can absorb a greater percentage of the high school and college graduates every year with better paying jobs and put a dent in the Brain drain and reduce the unemployment rate.. .

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jus2cents 3 years, 5 months ago

have incentives to get solar power in every home (Tax free renewables and supplies) Privatize all government run companies. Encourage better farming technology and incentives and export things like vanilla, spices, passion fruit etc • Have a National Lottery. • Implement -Freedom of information.
• Adopt a transparent legal system. • Make all rights equal. • Enforce the laws! Prosecute anyone involved with corruption, seize ill-gotten gains for the national kitty. • Speed up judicial effectiveness -overhaul the whole legal system -independent of political influence.
• Digitize and have ALL government entities on-line. And respond to the public's emails in a timely fashion. • Run the country like a modern-day progressive business. • Ongoing training and evaluations of All government staff. (Get rid of the dead wood) • Reduce the size of government and the unnecessary pomp & perks for Gov employees. • Get out of the way = Stop inventing new regulations or operations for the government to get involved with (like new taxes) • Educate and build a highly skilled workforce. • Create flexible labor regulations and improve the whole business environment to encourage investors. • Expand ideas on the ‘ease of doing business’ encourage Bahamian entrepreneurialism and stimulate productivity. • Sell old government properties that are derelict or about to be. (since the government will/should be smaller & digitized, plus they can’t seem to renovate) • Sell off all unprofitable government entities/companies- Get gov. out of telecommunications, transportation and energy sectors.
• Speed up the immigration permits and process. • Secure property rights… including intellectual property rights. • Lease- don’t sell, crown land to investors. • Charge the cruise industry a fee for any passengers that stay on cruise ships when in port. • Go solar/ wind/ wave- allow tax free on renewable energy imports. • Get ‘tried and tested’ successful energy advisers at BPL and the landfills. • Starting with major bills first. Make people to PAY outstanding Government bills -Stamp Tax / Property taxes etc. • Outsource contracts to improve family island infrastructure development, physical and communications infrastructure - ports -airports- roads- clinics to encourage UHNW investors, boutique hotels and eco lodges. (& not so much Cruise Ships) • Legalize The ‘Medical’ marijuana industry. • Investigate the BOB loans and recoup the moneys. • Rehabilitate, reevaluate and personality test, all inmates in jail, and provide them with useful skills pertaining to their personalities. (this can be done on a free on-line test www.myersbriggs.org) • Have low cost childcare / healthcare facilities near old people’s homes and integrate.

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jus2cents 3 years, 5 months ago

Get rid of web shops. They are killing people.

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empowermentorlkemp 3 years, 5 months ago

name one person web shop killed...STOP YA LYING FOOLISHNESS.

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ThisIsOurs 3 years, 5 months ago

We asked this question at new year's didnt we? Or was it the change of the new government or last year's independence? Christmas? 25 years?

I want qualified people to run every govt organization and hold every seat on every govt board. No more puffed up egotistical black men who think getting a popular vote entitles them to a cabinet post. If we get qualified people in leadership across the board, we won't have to ask this question at 60.

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 5 months ago

True ......... Just implement the 40 year National Development Plan .... The FNM and PLP signed off on it and the people already paid millions for it ..... But Minnis is acting like it doesn't exist ...... It's right on the Govt website.

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empowermentorlkemp 3 years, 5 months ago

IT MATTERS NOT WHICH POLITICAL PARTY RULES, UNTIL AND UNLESS INDIVIDUAL BAHAMIANS HAVE A MIND-TRANSFORMATION OF POSITIVE SELF-LOVE, POSITIVE SELF-ESTEEM, SELF-VALUE, SELF-WORTH, SELF-ACCEPTANCE, SELF-APPRECIATION THEY WILL REMAIN ENSLAVED BY THE OLD COLONIAL SLAVERY CONDITIONING. THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE OR DIFFERENCE IN THE COUNTRY OF THE BAHAMAS FROM WITHOUT UNTIL THERE IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A CHANGE FROM WITHIN.

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geostorm 3 years, 5 months ago

@empowerment, I say this all the time. There will be no real change as long as the midset of the general population and many of our leaders remain the same.

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JackArawak 3 years, 4 months ago

Equal rights for women. Freedom of information act. Full transparency in government. Spend tax dollars in the district they were produced in. No new cruise ports. Better environmental laws with enforcement. invest in schools and change the curriculum to reflect todays needs. Stop taking conch for 5 - 10 years. legalize marijuana. Go solar. Privatize all governemnt corporations. Unite entire government on one online data base web site. Lower cost of living. Educate the population on proper eating habits. Listen to the Christian Council less. There's more, but I don't see any of that happening, so I'll stop there.

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