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July 30, 2007

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anonymous

Sorry to hear about the tree. I had no idea. Haven't been downtown all year.

I wish they would cut down all these ugly, coconut-less palm trees they have all over the place and plant a variety of local trees. Especially trees that may bear fruit.

drew Roberts

Fruit Trees?

Come now, you must know of the behind the scenes deal making between the snack food companies and the ministry of edumacation that resulted in fruit trees being removed from school yards.

You can't have school children eating dangerous fruits during school hours. They are much better served eating highly nutritious snack foods.

Not to mention the dangers to uniform and limb from climbing the thorny fruit trees.

~;-)

Sorry, couldn't resist. Why do bearing fruit trees on government school yards get cut down again?

Anyone want to try and push this fruit tree issue?

Should the government consider putting in a fruit tree lot in areas where they put in basketball courts and playgrounds? Should fruit trees be planted in and around these existing places?

Anyone care to work on a list of suggested trees?

Could we plant such that we have some fruit pretty much year round?

all the best,

drew

Rhapsody

One minor point with regard to the casaurinas formerly along West Bay Street and elsewhere. Casaurinas are not native to the Bahamas and were actually brought in from Australia. They have had a loosely similar effect to local flora as blackberry bushes in Hawaii by coming to dominate the landscape preventing many local plants from flourishing. While I agree with the sentiment of preserving nature, I believe that local plants should be used to replace casaurinas and other widespread foreign plants rather than wholesale uprooting with nothing left behind. Local plants are becoming ever rarer in the more commercial and touristic areas of the city, which is unfortunate.

larry smith

That is correct, and should have been observed before. The Casuarina is an invasive species that not only suppresses indigenous plant life but promotes beach erosion too. There was no opposition from environmentalists when those trees were removed. It's a pity we can't remove them from the entire country.

no fix for crime

The Bahamas, like all countries in the world are facing higher rates of crime. The government will never put a cap on crime, and in the distant future, there will be crimes possibly commenced against tourist as well. The reason this phenomenon will not be resolved, is because it has to do with money & power. The poor in every country have it rough, but being that there are less opportunities in the Bahamas for the poor, those who are in this position feel hopeless, and therefore as they are struggling to exist while seeing the wealthier get more wealthy, that feeling of hopelessness may become overbearing. Feeling as they have no way out of the circle of poverty, the underclasses resort to violence as a means to an end. Instead of being concerned with it's people, government is only concerned with keeping the wealthy in their state, and leaving the rest in a class divide, just as it had been for century's. In the coming years, with the world becoming even more technological and the disparity gap between the rich and poor grows even more, the violence is assured to grow even more. The Bahamas is in for a possibly long and violent future with no end in sight, unless something is done to fix the "reason" why the crime rate is high. the only current ideas the government and people of the Bahamas can think of now are reactive ones, instead of pro-active. Let's lock em up is not the answer, as it will not stop the reasoning why these crimes are in existance. If the Bahamas wants to see it's country become less violent, Bahamians themselves need to stop preaching the brimstone and talking of how people are going to hell, and start being more caring to it's people, giving chances to it's populace, and becoming the "so called" Christian country it claims to be. Because as it has been for years and up to today, the Bahamas is far from living up to Christian belief.

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