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COSTA RICA BLOG – These are the three critical questions each and every manager must answer 24/7. If one company, institution or even country is at level #5 and we make no changes, the measurement is where will be in six months or perhaps one year? If that is below where we should be, then let’s effect change to get on course to reach our collective objectives.

President, Solís is taking his time to research “where are we?” This single issue is that we, this country of ours has no idea where we are in the scheme of economics, personal freedoms, infrastructure, debt and the newest buzz word “transparency”.

“Transparency” is like reading the news and all you read or see is some scandal about the Kardashians or Justin Bieber. Way more than we need to know. We, the people of Costa Rica do not need to see or read about how bad things are (We already are well aware.) who is stealing what, the government hiding of important events…and the list goes on. We know and feel it every time we step into a grocery store, pay for electricity, water, drive on the roads from hell and pay more than $5.50 for one lousy gallon of gasoline!

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What we need and want are solutions!

Tell us Mr. President, without all the background hoopla, what is your plan to cure the disintegrating infrastructure of water, roads and sewers? We know how they all got this way from neglect and a lot of corruption. That carries over to public health care which is not free since each of us pay a monthly premium for a service that is limited, at best.

And those poor people who bath and drink arsenic laced water? What about them? How do you plan to correct that obvious “wrong”.

Tax evasion is another 100 centavos. It is the national sport, not soccer and not politics. I have been wrong all these years. The national sport of Costa Rica is to escape paying taxes and paying into the public health care system (Caja). Even money launderers pay into the Caja to avoid standing out as an exception to the norm which this single legal act of theirs indeed fosters suspicion. (Obey the rules and the red flag goes up. You are above the radar.)

Mr. President, “where are we?” Is being dismal the new norm? Unless you make effective, critical change, “where we will be?” in a few short years is even a more dismal aspect.

You got handed and evidently wanted these problems. (Excuse me to be politically correct, challenges) But in reality, collectively they might very well be “too much – demasiado.” for you to handle.

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We, as payers of taxes and legitimate residents want to see and feel positive “change”, just as you promised during those quickly forgotten campaign days that if elected we will be stronger than ever. Please deliver and get off the Rainbow Express to generate goodwill for a country which already has goodwill. We do not need another cheerleader, we want tangible results and it is hard for any of us to see your administration doing anything along those lines for the past six weeks. However, you are studying the problem (s) and I guess that is a step forward.

Sorry, but I was too defensive of Laura Chinchilla and what she inherited and now my patience has run afoul.



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Juan Sebastian Campos
An expat from the U.S., educator and writer in English and Spanish since 1978 with a doctorate in business administrations (DBA) from the United States and Germany. A feature writer for ABC News, Copley Press and the Tribune Group with emphasis on Central America.

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