Many Bahamians often wonder about my politics. Some say that I am an FNM while others say that I would die the death of a thousand cuts to preserve and promote Philip Brave Davis, QC, (PLP — Cat Island). Whatever my political preference may be, there are a few members of the House of Assembly whom I support regardless of party labels.
Shannendon Cartwright (FNM — St Barnabas) is definitely one of them. Brother Cartwright has done a wonderful job at representing the good people and residents of St Barnabas over the last four years. He demonstrates empathy and solidarity with his constituents regardless of political affiliation.
The new PLP is sending another good young Bahamian, Michael Halkitis, up against brother Cartwright. This may well prove a problem for the constituents who are torn between the new PLP due to traditional party loyalty and with the stellar representation provided by Cartwright. They are both dedicated individuals who are committed to good representation.
Dr Cartwright is also to be commended on the great job that he has done as chairman of beaches and parks. The majority of those, especially here on New Providence, are well kept and maintained. Green spaces are popping up all over the place and I am particularly impressed and please with the Edmund Moxey Park adjacent to the National Insurance Board building on Blue Hill Road.
Recently, Cartwright was recognized by Pierce University, his alma mater over in the USA, by being awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree, so he is now Dr Cartwright! This is fitting and it is hoped that even though it has been said that a prophet has no honor in his own country, that this will not apply to Shannendon. Congratulations and continue to do well. Truly, he is a man for all seasons.
Ortland H Bodie Jr,
Business consultant and talk show host
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