As we progress in 2016 , and we look back to 1990 and to compare the growth rate in tourism , new businesses and restructure of our Island . We all claim island is loosing jobs , revenues for taxes and shortage of tourism. We as the society have forgotten one thing OUR CHILDREN !! Most of us worked 9 to 12 hours to provide for daily life for our families and our needs . I am a firm believer education , manners and good values start from home , I commend most of the parents doing a fine job with many children who have become a symbol in our society and taken upon them to bring new direction to themselves and there families .
As I see and experienced the teenagers who are less fornuate to above fall in a trap of wrong environment and that turns them into less motivation , yet quick money . This quick money comes from crimes , illegal substance and bad decisions . We have a team we have a island we have resources . We only need government to approach business owners to produce certain things on island to resale here or export to smaller islands . Why we cannot think this direction. Instead of complaining and raising taxes and paying more attention to others off island and tourism industry , why we don’t open a learning center to teach , motivate and create jobs for them. St Maarten has the ability to manufacturer , produce and sell on island or export to promote jobs to young ones. We all can complain and have the crime rate increase yet the solution is very simple .
Government needs to facilitate and recrute businesses to create a industry on our island . This will give more benefits and job openings to our children’s who fall thru the system.
In end of my article I ask only one question :
Who do we work so hard for ?