About Customs, Serlimar and the Banks

A Call for Unity and Consideration

I shuddered when I read that Customs will work with less staffing and prioritize which shipments they process to let in. Food and medical supplies will have the highest priority, they said.

And what about WEB? Our water and electricity plant?

I understand that by medical supplies, Customs meant the hospital.

And what about pharmacies?

Over the counter meds, Kleenex, hand-sanitizer??

How does Customs, an essential contributor to the island’s machinery decide to cut hours???

How would customs agents like it if doctors and nurses decided to cut hours and ‘prioritize.;

Or maybe the Police – which by the way, I have seen a heightened presence, tks – would decide to cut hours, and ‘prioritize.’

Essential workers must keep our wheels turning, with passion and dedication.

Please use your heads, you cannot abandon us now!

We’re in this together. United we stand, divided we fall.

And SERLIMAR?

You cannot crack down on your hours, you too are essential service providers and you must continue to function optimally picking up our trash, albeit less, because we stopped buying beer, Old Parr and bags of ice, we interrupted the party, and are now saving our pennies for the coming days, months, as our source of income dries out!

SERLIMAR: YOU are lucky you have a steady job!

Hang on to your jobs, they will become scarce, as the island becomes unemployed

Plagues and disasters bring out the best and the worst in people.

We expect only the BEST from you!

 

The Amigo published an item regarding the department of Economic Affairs, ADDING another layer of bureaucracy to the importation of toilet paper, gloves, pampers, wipes, masks and tissue paper.  Permission has now to be granted by a certain technocrat, via email, so that Customs would authorize entry.

THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO ADD ANOTHER LAYER OF BUREAUCRACY, NOW IS THE TIME TO MOVE OUT OF THE WAY, AND REMOVE OBSTACLES.

I will be lighting a Habri Caminda candle today, if the Botica still carries it.

REGARDING THE BANKS

Thank you CMB and Aruba Bank for delaying payments for three months. But no, thanks. Because at the end of that period you will be demanding a bigger payment, for a longer period of time.

You did not drop the interest rate.

Yours earnings will not be affected.

What kind of fake-help is that??

Great PR move, but of no real relief.

Drop the interest rate, or forgo it for the time.

I know you hate to lose money.

But we have just lost our livelihood.

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March 18, 2020
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