Last column for 2018

I decided to give you a short year-in-review article and looked at January, 2018.

Wow, it was a roller coaster, between the Venezuelan border closing and the fruit and vegetable crisis, the futile kill-cage demonstration, the dreaded dredging on Palm Beach, the talked about Beach Policy, since 2014, my unanswered plea to outlaw cock fighting, the ban on bank checks, and the quagmired refinery deal, that is going nowhere, but must be benefiting someone, otherwise I do not understand why it is still ticking.

Crime fighter Clarita Britten was a ray of sunshine, and then came Carnival 64, as spectacular as ever, a precursor to the upcoming, much-anticipated Carnival 65.

And that’s where my inspiration came to a halt, I was saddened by the young cyclist, 21, who lost his life in an unfortunate accident with an undocumented, uninsured, uninspected car with a ‘borrowed’ license plate.

I just couldn’t make myself go through the trivial aspects of our life, in light of the tragedy. In talking to one of my friends, she suggested we need real bike lanes. Yes, we do, and it is just one of the aspects of our lives, worth re-visiting.

This morning I asked the Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino about the timetable for their traditional pagara and was told:  

We’ve decided not to have a pagara this year as we are continuously looking for opportunities to reduce year after year our environmental footprints by sustainably managing our energy, water use, reducing our waste and carbon emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy. Through employing various sustainable initiatives such as these, and by partnering with local Non-Governmental Organizations, we aim to mitigate climate-related risks, benefiting our business and the community of Aruba in which we operate.

Hats off to them!

Thank-you readers, 13,993 that I reached this week and 3,664 that engaged. A writer without readers doesn’t amount to much. Thank you for your time, and support, and may you enjoy a healthy and prosperous new year, big on joy, light on heartache!

 

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