Fighting corruption seen as way to fix economy

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I have been told that the new president has stated that he would spend the first two years of his term in office fighting corruption and the balance of his term improving the economy.

This president has the opportunity to set Costa Rica on a course that would improve the quality of life for all of those who live in this wonderful nation. The corruption that now exists has been growing and becoming more entrenched for a much longer time than, the tenure of the last administration. It appears that the direction the economy is taking and the quality services provided by the government (roads, schools, medical and, others.) is affecting not only the people who call Costa Rica home but, also, those who are involved in the corruption that is undermining every day life in Costa Rica. Granted those who are involved in corruption may have the resources to leave the country and live comfortably elsewhere, but by far the vast majority of the people who call Costa Rica home are stuck.

It has been pointed out to me that if the new president were to to spend his entire first term in office fighting and, defeating corruption and, passing legislation preventing any future corruption. Then, before the end of his first term the economic situation would be well on its way to righting itself.

I would be remiss by not mentioning the passing of Jo Stuart. Although I did not always agree with her articles, She brought civility to any subject on which she reported.  She will be missed more and more as time goes on.

Gordon L Balter


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