by Larry Smith
People are more and more depressed at our skyrocketing crime rate and deepening level of moral depravity. One can sense a growing hopelessness because of the poor economic climate combined with the absence of any serious efforts at social reform or renewal by credible leaders.
But looking around this depressed landscape, with people crying hysterically on almost every street corner, you would never believe that the causes and progress of the country's social breakdown have been fully documented over the past 30-odd years by a series of special reports commissioned by the government.
They have included the 1984 commission of inquiry into drug smuggling and the task force on drug abuse, the 1994 task force on education and the consultative committee on youth development, and the 1998 national crime commission.
What did that last report conclude? Well, the commissioners (a judge, a psychiatrist, a criminologist, social workers and clergymen) warned that Bahamian society was threatened by "a pervasive culture of dishonesty, greed and a casual disregard for social norms and regulation."