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As Dominicans looks towards new general elections in Dominica in 2010, there are many strategies that local political parties can adopt from the Obama presidential campaign. In fact the Dominica Freedom Party has already adopted one: the DFP said it intends to raise money via the internet. But that strategy many h ave limited success since only about ten percent of Dominicans now have access to the internet.

One other lesson we can learn from the Obama campaign it that polities do not always have to be nasty and can be based on the discussion of issues rather than the slinging of mud. Dominican politicians would benefit from emulating the graciousness that john McCain showed after he lost the elections.

Yes, Obama was tough on McCain and his connection to Bush but he did not delve in the gutter polities than the Republicans have developed into an art form. Is it too naive to expect Dominican politicians to adopt a new style to politics and grow out of the corrupt political culture that, unfortunately have characterized election campaigning in the past.

There is no doubt that Obama’s success has made a massive impact on the psyche of Dominicans, and with words like “Yes, we can” and “Change we can believe in” echoing through everyone minds, we may be advised to seriously consider the things we need to change if we are interested in building a secure future for Dominica.

If Dominican politicians are to embrace the example of the Republicans and Democrats, there is one issue that has to be settled. That is electoral reform. Elections must not only be free and fair but must be perceived to be free and fair.

Finally, Dominicans have to change their general attitude to work. It’s obvious that unless there is a great improvement in production and productivity in all sectors, there will not be any positive changes in the level of employment, and Dominica’s brains and brawn will continue to migrate. There are just a few of the changes we should believe in as an island nation.

What are some other changes you think Dominicans on a whole should believe in. let’s hear them in the comments.

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Danielle Edwards – a Literature and History student and an aspiring Journalist.

We’re all battling with the phenomenon of inflation. In fact, the price of oil is likely to rise by much more throughout the summer, forcing supermarkets to raise the prices of goods, and leaving many of us with bare pockets and even some sour faces. Though we can’t do much about the price of oil and many of the items of food we just love to eat, we can try to adapt so that we do not get overwhelmed by the cost of living.

In the past, our forefathers ate what they grew, and their diet was largely based on home-made innovations. In today’s world we’ve become so dependent on grocery stores that many of us have unfortunately become handicapped in the face of exorbitant shelf prices. Judging by Barack Obama’s interest in bio-fuel energy and the ever-growing vast populations on China and India, it is inevitable that we will have to change the way we eat sooner or later, so why not start now?

I think the problem is that many of us have forgotten how easy and rewarding it is to make a big batch of golden bakes stuffed with only a few slices of cheese, or even served plain. Or a big mug of rich local cocoa tea with fried plantain, pumpkin fritters and breadfruit chips. And what about a delicious entrée of titiri and herring accras to accompany an appetizing calaloo soup! These Creole dishes seem to be very tantalizing alternatives to expensive imported cereals, canned soups and branded powdered chocolate mix, which could soon become delicacies for the breakfast tables of our low income earners. However, they seem to be taken for granted.

It has been said that ‘tough times don’t last, but tough people do’. Perhaps, in many cases, tough people have just endured difficulty until they barely notice it exists.

We should all make the effort to resist rising food prices by being more innovative with our meals. The challenge is to think of something delicious, local and affordable on a weekly basis- we need to exploit our creativity and natural resources. The reality is that many persons- in India, Africa or Latin America- really wish they could do so.

What’s on your menu?

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