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Editor’s note:I’m not a complainer. Really, I’m not. But having lived my first 68 years in the USA, I find that things being different take me some getting used to. Understand, please, I’m not asserting that “different” is wrong. It’s probably right for here; only I’m unused to it.

So, I’m sucking it up and learning to accept those different things. Still, I think it may amuse Dominicans reading this and help inform and prepare Americans, and Europeans and other “1st-worlders” wishing to settle here as well.

I’ll write about those differences – big and small – from time to time, and will preface it with this paragraph so that you know I’m not complaining.

The Dominican Difference #9: Signs

There’s a sign in Calibishie on a building that used to house Domcan’s. The place of business closed and moved to Castle Bruce about a decade ago, but the sign still proclaims the place is open for business. There’s a doctor whose new office is across form the Police Station on the Bay Street in Portsmouth, but a sign on a pharmacy on the next street still proclaims that the doctor’s office is there, and gives an old and wrong phone number.

I suppose that in Dominica everyone knows who’s who and where things are anyhow, because it’s all a rather small, tight-knot community. And that’s good – as far as it goes. But it sure can mislead and confuse us newcomers!

All I ask is that old and misleading signs either be torn down or painted over. Is that too much to ask?

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If Dominicans were having problems trying to figure out living in their beloved nature isle then they will be thoroughly confused once the date for the 2010 elections is announced by the Labour administration; starting what I like to refer to as the “Dog Eat Dog” election campaigns.

With both of the majority parties (UWP and Labour Party) having distinctly different views when it comes to health, education and the general economy and whereas one sees progress, the other has seen a wicked decline in the fortunes of this country.

My humble advice to all Dominicans is “Proceed with Caution” and don’t just hear but listen (carefully), because each one of these “Dog Eat Dog” campaigns are going to be riddled with stark differences, extreme promises in many cases, and will probably lead outsiders to wonder if both individuals are speaking of the same Dominica.

Both, however, agree that crime, particularly corruption within parties is a real problem that needs to be sorted out in a hurry. Sure they blame each other for creating the root causes of the problem but both will find sympathy with their supporters as so many have been affected.

At last, some reality.

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Opposition leader, Ron Green is the first leader of any political party here to adopt a “Green Economy” as his foundation for the next general election.

Mr Green hopes to adopt a clean and green economic policy for Dominica, and fight to promote Dominica as the Nature Island of the World – a fight that will aid in sustainable environment development and the creation of sustainable jobs.

Though he is yet to detail the ramifications of “green economy” concept for Dominica, I believe that Green’s idea of a green economy for Dominica is innovative, challenging and not a minute too late.

It’s obvious that business as usual, handouts as usual and corruption as usual in our nature isle is not getting us where we want to go.

A greener economy for Dominica will no doubt create cheaper energy that will in turn create new businesses and sustainable jobs for many Dominicans. What do you think about a new energy policy for Dominica?

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