Yesterday my wife and I went out to attend the usual daily tasks that plague all of us such as paying bills and getting those things that are needed to continue our existence. Since I don’t drive I have time to scan the country side and see and take in the scenery. Each time that I go out on the road I cannot get over the fact that our island is changing at such a rapid pace and I cannot say it is for the better. Stateside and foreign developers as well as our own local chaps are constantly tearing the skin off our island in an unstoppable advance of of cement and asphalt. Where ever you look along the country side roads there are scars of construction. In many instances whole communities are being uprooted to make way for the insatiable appetite for land and so called progress. In these cases it is the way the government deals with the poor land owner and simply the poor. People who have lived in their homes for decades, many having been born there are suddenly being uprooted to have to begin all over again. It is a phenomenon that is taking place right now throughtout the island. Whole communities have disappeared to make room for luxury high priced condominiums that the usual person could not afford. $400,000.00 homes springing up like so much weed. I ask myself how long can this go on? Does the government have some sort of ad campaign going on stateside or in foreign lands that we are not aware of in which these homes are being advertised? Surely all these homes are not for the locals! Who could afford them? Obviously there are plans, unknown to us, that have been instituted to fill all of these homes and the tenants cannot all possibly be locals.
Where will it all end? This island is only 100 x 36 miles and already it is busting at the seams from over-population. Also, at the rate that we are going where are the poor to go? Will they eventually be herded into some corner of the island like was done with the indians in the states that were put on reservations? Many of these new condominium communities I see remind me of the forts that abounded out west during the early 1800’s with their high walls to keep the locals out. Images of that great Stienbeck novel ” The Grapes of Wrath ” constantly come before my eyes and I imagine whole communities being forced off their lands for the sake of profit and so called progress. When will enough be enough?