If the events of the last seven weeks are anything to go by, Dominicans should brace themselves for a very eventful year. Already January is proving to be a bitter-sweet month, the first of twelve of the Year of Reunion.
But despite the optimism of the government about the prospects for the recovery of the economy, realistically, Dominicans should expect the frustrations of last year to spill over into 2008 and beyond. If you disagree with that opinion just take a look at the increases in the price of oil. As we welcome the New Year, the price of crude on the world market scaled the US$100 a barrel barrier for the first time in history.
This of course was bad news for economies such as Dominicaâ€™s, especially for the very poor Dominicans who are burdened by unbearable electricity cost as well as increase in the prices of fertilizers, livestock feed, bread, chicken, and whole range of basic necessities. This clearly demonstrates that to solve the economic and social problems Dominican will face in 2008 and in the years beyond we will need leadership who posses extra-ordinary qualities.
Thatâ€™s why the unnecessary quarrels; gamesmanship and chicanery politics of the recent past will not assist us in finding solutions to the problems facing Dominica at this crucial juncture in our development.This may sound glib and clichÃ© but in 2008 Dominicans need to make a fresh start. As calypsonian Caressa say â€œwe go see!â€