I didn’t know if to laugh or to cry

First of all, the story that our MinEnergy who also serves as our MinPres, did not know about the parting of ways between Utilities Aruba NV & Frank Hoevertz, is not possible.

She must have been involved in signing the walking papers, it was an agenda point for the board meeting since December, perhaps earlier.

So, she told an untruth. Out of my deep respect to her personally and her position, I refrain from using the other three letter word for untruth, the one that rhymes with why.

Why didn’t she own it? She should have just said yes, I have full knowledge, and I assume responsibility, I am the MinPres and it is within my power to make personnel changes.

It’s the second untruth she has told. The first one was in October, she had a similar response when Robert Henriquez was suspended.

She keeps the POTUS company. The Washington Post headline yesterday stated that according to the Fact Checker database in 710 days, President Trump has made 7,645 false or misleading claims, that’s more than 10 a day.

But what made me want to laugh and cry at the same time was the interview Speed conducted with Henriquez’ parents. I could not believe my ears.

The elderly Aruban couple, on their rocking chairs, sitting on the porch, mom in a house dress, dad in an undershirt, no special hairdo, no make-up, no lipstick in honor of the camera, shared the pain they are experiencing over their son’s suspension.

It was as if he was suspended from school for smoking a cigarette at age 12.

Mom was fighting back tears, he is an educated boy, she explained, he has a family to support, two children to raise, how can ‘they’ suspend him so unceremoniously, after all mom talked to the MinPres in church, asking if rumors about an upcoming suspension are true, and the MinPress dismissed them, telling mom not to worry her diabetic, blood-pressured heart, Unions will talk, she said, nothing to it.

Mom lives in a world long gone, where people have jobs4life, after all, Henriquez is the cousin of the MinFEC, and in her view, that by itself should have mitigated the situation.

So, my first reaction was laughter. Mom has no boundaries, her son’s career belongs to her, and she takes the liberty to discuss his private affairs with Speed, in the public domain.

But as dad all choked up expressed his public humiliation, I was reminded that Henriquez’ engineering education and his 35 years with Lago was a family accomplishment, not just his own, and that families here are enmeshed, entangled, your business is my business, you have no privacy, and I do not respect your separateness, alas, we were all suspended.

So, I felt sympathetic to the gentle, sweet parents and wanted to tell them to cheer up, it’s just a job, the man is qualified, and will find something else to do, it’s not the end of the world, we all know it was a political decision, please, don’t be so humiliated about it.

On the other hand, this job4life belief system… how can the country get ahead if the public sector has to employ every cousin of the MinFec, and is morally obliged to support his family and to shoulder the burden of raising his kids.   



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January 10, 2019
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