Special post today. I sent out a message on Facebook asking the 1500 Straight Talk Community members for 5 questions they would ask any Political Representative that came seeking their support.
Right now I believe there is too much focus on trivial concerns and not enough given to serious issues.
Therefore, my goal in asking the question was to encourage people to think about what issues they want their representatives or party of choice to address in the community or The Bahamas.
In the past within the housing market Bahamians have proven that majority of home owners are individuals that either build their homes or inherit homes, with a small percentage purchasing previously owned homes.
Over the past five years, the number of home foreclosures have increased and the number of individuals unable to pay their mortgage payments have increased.
Question 1: What is your government’s plan if elected to facilitate the real estate market with a proven increase in homes and a decrease in the demand of previously owned homes?
Question 2: Also what is your plan to decrease the number of home foreclosures among individuals who have specific cases leading to inability to pay their mortgage. (Illness, job loss etc.)?
Protect The Children
The 2011 case of Marco Archer has become a common example of why the Bahamas needs to review our laws as it pertains to sex crimes, and child abuse revisited and amended.In 2011 there was also a major increase in the number of reported child abuse cases.
Question: With such acts becoming more familiar and more public what is your government’s stance on combating such crimes. (Safe houses, convicted sex offender’s list, screening for school staff etc.)?
Ensuring Children Attend School
Everyday if you drive along the streets of Nassau after 9am we would see many young children wandering around and not attending schools.
Question: What is your governments plan to better canvas residential areas to ensure every Bahamian child is attending school during the mandatory period? (Implementing a truancy program etc.)?
Missing Teenage Girls
In more recent times the headlines of the major newspapers have been flooded with cases of missing young girls and in about two-three days return home.
For most cases these girls are known for running away from home time and time again, also are found in the company of older men.
Question: What is your government’s plan to combat such actions as these type of cases results in the seriousness of missing children decreasing among the Bahamian public, wastes policing resources and no one seems to be held responsible when all is said and done?
In the Bahamas there has been an increase in mental illness, suicide and like cases over the last few years.
Question: What does your government plan to do to better facilitate centers such as Sandilands and to make such counselling centers more accessible and more equipped to the Bahamian public.?
Thanks You Ms. Beneby for sharing your questions. Very informative and definitely touching on some major issues that we need to focus on in this country.
What questions do you want your next representative or political party to answer?
PS. If you want to share your questions send them to straighttalkbahamas at gmail dot com. Thanks