EDITOR, The Tribune
We all, inclusive of myself, have been demanding the relaxation or even absolute abolition of the powers granted, unconstitutionally in my view, to the Competent Authority. Well, over the course of the last week or two they are being eased and many businesses, where they still exist, will be reopening next week.
Omnibus will be allowed to resume operations. Banks are back to regular hours. The web shops have reopened with a BANG. Arawak & Potters Cay are back in business full time and hardly any patrons are masked. Hard liquor is flowing like the Red Sea of old. We are BACK but at what potential price?
There is still no vaccination for the COVID-19. Tourists will start to trickle back in within weeks. Are we fully prepared for a second wave, God forbid? I am not a medical man so I would hope that the health protocols being proposed by the administration will work.
It is a given that our economy MUST be reopened sooner rather than later. Too many able-bodied Bahamians have been out of income producing work for three months and counting. The administration appeared for a long time to be collectively clueless as to what to do and we drifted for a long period of time. To be honest we are still adrift and the Competent Authority acts as if he is the font of all knowledge.
I am all for doing what is best or appears to be best for the unwashed masses but at what potential health care issues? It is, unfortunately for the PM and then, a case where you are damned if you do and damned even more if you don’t. Our best days as a nation and a people are yet ahead of the majority of us.
I fear, however, that Minnis is a terrible motivator. ‘In the beginning there was The Word and The Word was with God.’ The Word, with all due respect could help out the Competent Authority but will Minnis heed: ‘Thus saith The Lord’ or is he on a run all to himself ? To God, in any event, in all things, be the glory.
ORTLAND H BODIE, Jr
June 24, 2020.