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Dear Editor!
Hope you are willing to publish this commentary since it is as much relating to San Pedro as to people in Caye Caulker! Thank You! Kindest regards- Chriss Roggema - Caye Caulker

Dear Mr. Prime Minister

I saw a video interview with you which made me feel very uncomfortable as a Caye Caulker resident and that feeling won’t blow over as a lil’ breeze. Even if I am not a young man anymore, I feel I am obliged to participate in the democratic political process even if I am not a lawyer because of my four young sons who are born here on Caye Caulker who love the sea and the reef and love to fish.  Most fishermen might not dare to address you or maybe can’t find the words allowed for publication when they express  their feelings concerning that GOB still might consider oil exploration in the waters outside our coast even close to the Blue Hole. Did our voices not reach your ears or your heart after the people arranged referendum about oil exploration? Because it was not arranged by the GOB?  Since you say there is so little money to spend on the democratic process maybe we should use that money on a referendum for more than only this question at the same time.

The last months events around the political heads of the GOB have most Belizeans ask themselves and each other a lot of questions about the integrity, transparency and accountability of our political elite. How much do the lawyers profit of all those deals made by the GOB? Is the Guatemala Question used by our politicians only to sow fear in the population so the people don’t see how much they enrich themselves? Are we becoming more aware and discerning?   Has the Time of Reckoning arrived? Are all the Hidden Truths coming out? This is not only about a decapitated head in a bucket!

Look what is happening everywhere around us! In Guatemala they put the President and the Vice President in jail for corruption and only last week a swat police team just shot and killed a former Minister of Finance in an anti corruption  raid.  The Election process in the USA is raking up so much dirt that if they are able to elect a President, he or she might be in a legal quick mire for years unable to reign the country and everybody is afraid they just might start a world war just to take away the people’s attention from their crimes against humanity they committed.  While they are repeating shamelessly the Battle of Wounded Knee today in Dakota!

Maybe time has come for our nation to address our leaders for once and all about the many questions we are worried and concerned about so there won’t be any doubt what we like to see changed and done by the GOB in a democratic referendum. Most people feel the future of our nation and our children’s future is at stake!

1. Belizeans want to make clear to their leaders and the rest of the world that we are an independent nation and that we have no interest to become Guatemalans and do not want to be ruled by a racist regime that killed more than 200000 of their own indigenous Maya people.

2. No more oil exploration in our sea and our National Reserves and Maya lands.

3. Accountability and more transparency in GOB deals relating to financial gains for involved lawyers and politicians. We demand an inquiry into why Social Security and Minister of Education Patrick Faber did nothing to support the only secondary school to acquire a better suited property for our children in our ever expanding society in Caye Caulker. Where the school in the end had to bid and lost against foreign speculators! While this school has programs which are examples recommended to be taken over by other schools in our country! Now we are requested to lodge the police in our homes and pay for their new barracks while our elders recommended the transfer of the Social Security property to the school and others proposed the former school transformed into the Police barracks. Now all parties involved lost and the foreign speculators and the people who got paid off won. People in Caye Caulker do ask now where our tax money paid to GOB by the Fishermen’s Coop and tourist business tax is going to.

4. Pay the teachers what they deserve and stop their harassment because they question your policies! They always do so much more for our children than they get paid for!

5. Decriminalization of marijuana now! Divert the Gang Suppression Unit and and other drug units of the military equipped and trained police to work under the BDF to protect our borders in the areas of foreign infiltration in the south and west to serve and protect our people and our country. While different states in the USA rake in billions of tax money on marijuana yearly, the US Drug intervention team stationed in Honduras flies in  with their Chinook gunships yearly at harvest time to invite the BDF with them to burn down the weed plantations so we import weed from Guatemala and the Mexican cartels.  Who are the benefactors of that? Not Belize! How much money goes out of the country for that? People say that these things can’t be changed because there is too much money involved for the police and the politicians!

6. Legalization of marijuana will serve our country better economically, socially and could create a lot of legal taxable jobs for a large group of young people which is now in fact excluded and shunned from society because of the gang violence. Let them grow and sell weed in controlled situations where the tax money can go to local development. We need to include and engage them inside their reality. We cannot afford to lose more of our youths or do their lives not matter?
 
7. Other proposals by other social engaged groups to be voted on.

Hoping you are willing to continue a discussion about the referendum like you mentioned in the video!

Thank You, with Respect!
Chriss Roggema,
Commentaries from the Garden,
Cocoplum Gardens,
Caye Caulker #226-0226,
Email : [email protected]

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