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Commentary: 2013 - another interesting year
Published on January 7, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By David Tapfer

While we are still digesting the numerous interesting events of 2012, it appears 2013 may provide more highlights. More winners and losers.

Unfinished business from 2012 and earlier is on the agenda and early in January we will learn if the new government will stand or be challenged again with at least one by-election. Two more districts are in question and I wonder, if the court requires a by-election at Cheshire Hall/Richmond Hills, will they wait to schedule the election after the other decisions are made. Further, will those responsible correct the voters’ lists first?

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David Tapfer is a retired, US-born engineer and management executive. He is the former chairman of the Middle Caicos Branch of the Peoples Democratic Movement
I know of two others (total 5) who may be disqualified by the Integrity Commission but only if the commissioners have the will to do what is simply right.

The new premier and his agents are crying out for more authority. The new constitution does not give them enough power, they say. The facts are when they had near independence they put the country so far behind financially that is what they need to work on in 2013 but have asked for many months to figure out a budget.

The farming out of health care by the doctor now premier for unaffordable amounts of our government’s income must be addressed this year and soon. Then there is the issue of numerous people excluded from NHIP. If a foreign worker only pays 3% of their low wages, what can be done to cover a person who retired prior to the installation of NIB or those laid off for years after being displaced by Asian workers?

We hear about the words “alternates” to the VAT tax but when will someone reveal the alternates?

In April, we are scheduled to find out what the court will hear from Helen Garlick. One wonders who will be on trial first. Will the former premier be number one and will he sing as he threatened? One pundit says, “if and when” he is returned. The former premier is in a prison of a country of his choice. I believe he will return when Garlick wants him.

The British have the responsibility for border control, says our premier, and in this he is correct. However, I wonder how the radar can detect the low profile of a wooden vessel that does not carry the metal radar reflector fiberglass private yachts hang in their rigging. The US Coast Guard must also do better for us, says the premier, but they are the best in the world already. Hopefully our premier will understand he has significant issues other than what to do about the immigrants doing their best to escape a country long ago independent.

First it was June 2012 then November and now we hear January 2013 for the band aids to be applied to the sorry causeway mess. June 2013 anyone?

April also is the beginning and end of the fiscal year. Will we have enough left over funds to pay down at least some of the debt? VAT is due to pounce in April and if it goes forward as scheduled, the quarterly reports will show if it makes a difference. Our grocery and other bills may give us an earlier indication.

There is much on our plate for this coming year and many of the new appointees must find their way and perform their jobs. I am anxious to see how it all turns out.
 
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