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August 17, 2008


snake eyes

If it were made legitimate and structured then people who don't play every day/week/ever would be more inclined to play, generating more money for the people involved.

But don't put it in the hands of government.

Have the same people doing it now do it out in the open and make them accountable and make them pay taxes/license fees (offset by the additional money they make due to more people playing more often due to it being open and legal)

With multiple "numbers" brands there would be competition among them to promote themselves and give the best service to their customers in hopes of more people playing with one company over another (and making more money for the most popular numbers company).

If you put it entirely in the hands of government we'll have the ZNS of Gambling. Tons of money going in, nothing coming out.

Erasmus Folly

In bad times the lack of goal setting, basic responsibility and progressive thinking is truly deplorable, but why don't we talk about it in good times as well?

It is one thing to point out the lack of responsibility and poor goal/priority setting that is common place around Nassau during these economically tight times, but one cannot overlook that this mentality prevails no matter the economic climate. I applaud Mr. Butler for pointing it out, but it begs a bigger question that is rarely really discussed. We are usually too busy blaming immigrants and non-Christians for our society's moral failings, but the truth is far more alarming.

Rims, flashy cars, nice threads, weaves and nails, expensive accessories, cable and DirecTV and 'living it up' in general, not to mention drugs or alcohol which can also be in the picture, are often the normal 'priorities' with many 'young' (below 40) Nassau residents. The really important priorities of: good nutrition for oneself and one's family; better education; a decent home environment and the aspiration to college and a better future are far too often shuttled to the side - even in good times.

This is an ever growing 'cultural' problem in the Bahamas and that bodes very poorly for the future of the country. The ghetto/hiphop/jungalis mentality is pervasive and growing it seems. However, you can't blame the music - we all had the same music on when we were growing up. I know many people who are very successful and motivated who are huge hiphop fans, so blaming the music is disingenuous, easy and expedient for church pastors and politicians. They ignore the real problem and blame the easy scape goat. The issue isn't the music, but the adoption of a certain mentality due to a lack of strong parenting and family values. Some say Christian values are what is missing, but I see many lip service Christians and I would happily take basic family values, a strong sense for the importance of education and the prioritizing of basic, sound nutrition for kids and young people first. I care little what creed or sect they derive these basic tenets from.

The Bahamas must wake up to the fact that too many of the youth in this country no longer think being smart is cool or that sacrificing and striving towards something is excellence. They have embraced the lowest common denominator, rather than the ideal of excellence. Where did they learn this lesson? They learned it from government workers on a free ride preaching the government job gospel. They learned it from a lax society that embraced drug running and fast money in the 80's. They learned it from philandering father's who breed kids without taking responsibility. Their ideas of what is cool have been warped beyond recognition and we are now painfully reaping what was sown.

Without the politicians embracing societal groups, including the church, and actively working to treat the 'ghetto' mentality as enemy number 1 in this country, very little will ever get better. More importantly, it takes a supremely rare individual who is born to 'ghetto' mentality parents (or a single mother as is far more often the case) to figure out that isn't a good path. The statistics are heavily stacked against such children and these children are becoming more and more prevalent in the society. This pattern is exponential. Once those core values are lost, it is virtually impossible to rekindle them in a family line. Culture is learned. What culture are most of our kids learning?

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