In November 1937, Marcus Garvey spoke at the MIS Hall, Lower Market Street. He said, “Your island is your garden of Eden”. “You must work and get things for yourself”.
Bob Marley sang similarly: “Not one of my seeds / Shall sit in the sidewalk and beg bread” (So Jah Seh, 1974).
Seeking after government handouts is like sitting in the sidewalk and begging bread. This is exactly what programmed dependency encourages. A mentality of getting things without effort.
Programmed dependency exists when otherwise able adults are officially categorized as poor without scientific assessment including means-testing. Such persons may be given money from the Treasury without performance conditions. If not money, a contract, house or land may be part of the giving and receiving.
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Cannabis: Moving from Insanity to Industry Patrick Martin May 15, 2019 According to Einstein, insanity is, “Doing the same things over and over and expecting different results”. Since colonialism, we have been doing a same thing.We have been acting out a deception that caused the demonization of a plant that has profound medicinal and industrial… Read More
Lesson From Rwanda Patrick Martin, MD April 9, 2019 Kittitians and Nevisians should note the observance of the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Declared are 100 days of mourning to reflect on over 1 million lives lost in 100 days of sheer savagery. Recall that the then Rwandan president, a Hutu, was… Read More
What lessons reside in the CCJ referendum failures in Antigua/Barbuda and Grenada? A resounding win in an election does not automatically translate to referendum success of one’s position. The Office of the Prime Minister is not invincible, notwithstanding its far-reaching powers. Caribbean people understand the value of checks and balances on the exercise of political power. Read More
Attacking Crime, Violence and Homicide: Unity is Strength Patrick Martin August 31, 2018 The profound wisdom of our culture says, “One hand can’t clap”. Unity, a coalition of political will, is critical to restoring societal peace. Ours is a nation burdened with post-traumatic ailments. Knowing what we are personally experiencing, the citizenry continues to plead… Read More
Mary Charles Hospital: A History of Good Health Stewardship Patrick Martin, MD August 2, 2018 Journeying long distances from rural areas to health facilities can be problematic especially in acute medical circumstances, and at night. Thus, placing 24/7 primary care facilities close to where people live reflects sound health policy execution. Such is the legacy… Read More
Not Us! Patrick Martin, MD July 13, 2018 A picture is worth a thousand words. The unprofessional and inhuman display of first responder “care” recently captured on video is not us! Criticism and correction are deserved. But, the baby must not be thrown out with the bathwater. Medical errors occur in St. Kitts and Nevis… Read More
Music Festival: Not For Children! Patrick Martin, MD June 28th 2018 It is high time the hazardous practice of exposing the Federation’s youngest to adult entertainment be interdicted. Kudos to the Music Festival Committee for daring to be different and issuing sage advice to parents to keep their children out of the party. The perils… Read More
The Common Good: A Cabinet Responsibility Patrick Martin, MD Student & Resident Citizen May 28, 2018 Government is instituted for the common good: for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family or class of men. (John Adams, USA Founding Father) … Read More
A Human-Oriented Drug Policy Patrick Martin Student & Resident Citizen May 8, 2018 All humans are entitled to a life free from stigma, discrimination, intimidation, fear and victimization. Why then, in this enlightened era of human rights, justice and good governance, is cannabis use the target of high-level ridicule? There was a time when similar… Read More