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Re: How can we solve our problems?

January 30 2012 at 8:26 PM
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Response to How can we solve our problems?


Of course, people who face greater problems can work much harder to develop solutions that people who don't have those problems don't have to worry about. Our terrain is exceptionally bad, one of the worst in the world, in terms of cost-effective infrastructure. The only way to build infrastructure is to spend huge amounts of money. Most countries in our state of development simply don't have that amount of money to spend on infrastructure, and even in Europe, even today they'd never build a highway through the Alps mountains in areas that were as rugged as much of our country.

So the solution IS more money, and we are fortunate to have the natural resources that it might be possible to earn that money but NOT as long as we ship out raw resources at cheap prices (as opposed to getting the value added from downstream processing) and we mis-use and overharvest our renewable resources so that they are depleted. We also have to learn to live within our means. We will never grow enough rice to support the country (it takes too much work) and we cannot afford the horrendous imported rice bill that we now pay. The obvious solution is to go back to homegrown PNG foods and stop taking the easy way out that comes from quick cook rice. But aren't we too lazy to make any of those sacrifices? Or is the problem that our leaders don't challenge us to sacrifice the way leaders have stimulated their people to move forward in other countries?

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