If the question is “What are the Crook Islands good for?”, the shameful answer is that they are good at begging for money, but shameful at giving it to help others, writes Ruta Mave.
In the old days of vinyl records,
sometimes a scratch would cause the needle to get stuck in the groove, and the
song would repeat the same word over and over. CDs came along, and despite the
laser light, a scratch could also cause the song to repeat over and over until,
in both cases, you bumped or jumped the record or CD to a new area so the song
My point is in line with a saying that
says the question is the answer. And the point is with a couple of people, it
seems regardless of the question, the answer is always the same, repeat-repeat
at ad nauseum. For Steve Boggs, it is always medicinal marijuana, and for (Prime
Minister) Mark Brown, it is mineral mining. Without recourse this is all they
have to say every day, every letter to the editor and every promise to the
nations under the guise of prosperity pathway for the Pacific.
Although I can agree to some of the
intentions from both – to improve the livelihoods of our people, it is at costs,
they are not forthcoming in looking at when they could both achieve their end
motives if they both looked at something else, found a different solution and
poured their time and efforts into improving our agriculture production.
Steve Boggs whines on and on about helping
those in pain. He quotes all sorts of studies saying people need it now. He
hasn’t quoted ex-addicts who would warn you that marijuana is addictive and it will
stuff up your life and family like all drugs illegal or prescription wise if
you rely solely on it for relief and health.
Never do I see Boggs offer the community the fence at the top of the
cliff, where if we had a healthy attitude towards growing and eating our own
fresh organic produce, most of our community would not be in the health crises
they are in now.
Diabetes, NCDS and obesity are factors
that most affect our people and give us the gold medal status as top five worst
nation in the world. Where is the solution to the problem before it becomes a problem?
Sure, marijuana can relieve pain, I get that it works, but I am not convinced
that all our people are at the extreme measures of pain that requires this. I
certainly do believe many of those who voted “yes” in the electoral vote only
saw a way to access the drug for recreational pleasure especially if they could
grow it free from persecution.
Same goes for PM Mark Brown and mineral
mining the seabed. Why not harvest our own lands on the island that lie unused
and full of mineral rich soil. We have a temperate climate, we can grow most
things all year round, we can be organic, we can feed ourselves and still have
crops to feed into highly paying niche markets.
Food is a commodity that the world needs and will pay hugely for now and
in the future. We should be planting to bank the fruits of our labours which
will also help our community to better face their health crises. Plus, by
eating our own produce, we reduce the carbon foot print of shipping in nutrient
deficit instant noodles and increase our contribution to reducing climate
Oh, I know I too sound like a stuck record
saying the same thing over and over but I wish I didn’t have to. I want to be
proud of what our country is achieving. I want to stand by our government’s decisions
knowing we are contributing our ultimate best to helping the world improve. The
$1.7 million spent on electric cars showing off our commitment to reducing fossil
fuels and reducing pollution and temperature rise, etc. would be wonderful if
we had hydro, wind, solar or wave energy produced power but we don’t. We have
diesel generators producing our electricity that is shipped in – so these cars showing
off our sustainability – is a lie.
I would like to be as proud of the $10,000
government donated to the Lahaina fires as the faces of those who stood in
front of that big cardboard cheque. This piddly amount represents two members
(MPs) dress allowance – it’s pathetic. Government happily spent $75,000 renovating
one office or the $7 million for planting trees in town and they think giving $10,000
is a proud moment? Shame on you, when we had the hurricanes in 2005 the Lahaina
community gave us more than they had to support us and they did it straight
away not months after the effect.
If the question is “What are the Crook
Islands good for?”, the shameful answer is that they are good at begging for
money, but shameful at giving it to help others.