August 31, 2004
Mr. Gregorio Choc
President ? Q?eqchi? Council of Belize
Jose Maria Nunez Street
Punta Gorda Town
I thank you for your letter of August 25th2004, containing several remarks which beg a response.
I have since spoken publicly of my reference to indigenous Belizean Maya as ?Indians?. Please be reassured that I meant no disrespect or malice, and I stand corrected. It is my hope that this unfortunate experience has served to educate other Belizeans to be more culturally sensitive when communicating with or about people of different ethnic origins.
Q?EQCHI? COUNCIL OF BELIZE
Jose Maria Nunez Street,
Punta Gorda Town,
Mayor of Belmopan City
We have in our possession a letter written by you addressed to the Prime Minister requesting him to provide you with the Dragon Unit or police, Human Development and Immigration agencies to conduct a ?clean sweep? operation to document the illegal activity and dismantle bush huts constructed by people you called ?Indians? from the Toledo District who are settling around the periphery of Belmopan and to relocate these people back to where they came from.
It was indeed refreshening to read one of the many articles I wrote for AMANDALA between 1995?1996 which was reprinted in your edition of last week under the caption ?Restoring confidence in government and the electorate.?
The August 1996 interview with Dr. Amin Hegar was carried out in Belize City when the doctor was then PUP representative for Cayo West. Eight years ago the times were turbulent under the UDP government and the exclusive discussion with the doctor came exactly eight months after the infamous December 1995 retrenchment exercise by the UDP administration.
Just wanted to make a small correction to a phrase used in Stephanie Lindo?s article of Wednesday, August 18, 2004, issue #1888, about pirated DVDs. The correct terminology for the abbreviation DVD is ?DIGITAL VERSATILE DEVICE,? and not DIGITAL VIDEO DISC, as she stated.
It was with some amusement that I read of Carnival Cruise Lines? inspection tour of Novelo?s buses. They could have saved themselves a lot of trouble by asking those commuters who are forced to ride such buses each and every day. The litany of faults is all too familiar to regular riders. And these were supposed to be the better buses!
I can?t speak for what is going on in Belize City, but in Benque, not much has changed except a partition in the office which prevents the customer from seeing what the staff are up to, and a community bulletin board, which is a positive feature. The same ratty buses set out each day, on unpredictable schedules.
The Publisher AMANDALA
Dear Evan X Hyde,
Your article, ?From the Publisher? dated Wednesday, August 4, 2004, has prompted me to respond on the above subject.
You pointed out in your article that ?history? is at Technical, Technical is sentimental and in your last paragraph, ?Technical, in its own way, is a temple just like any other, and it is the masses of the people who think so, who have to step up.?
August 4, 2004
For some time I have been meaning to write a letter of commendation. Readers may remember that some years ago I cut my teeth (a dental in-joke) in newspaper writing, by waging a campaign against the type of advertising that Augusto Quan Ltd. was using to promote their hardware stock. If you recall, they were using inappropriate pictures of women in their ads.
Kindly treat this letter as a contribution or letter to the editor on behalf of the residents of Hopkins who expressed their disappointment as to how the Village Council manages the affairs of the community, especially the illegal distribution of lands.
Over the years, land distribution in Hopkins was conducted in a transparent manner that gave the residents confidence in the Village Council. But as soon as the new Village Council was sworn to office, it took a different direction, with no regards to the Land and Village Council Acts. Residents complain that the persons appointed by the Minister of Natural Resources as members of the Stann Creek West Lands Committee are not given the respect they ought to have, to make recommendations.
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From: ?A & J Orr? <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004
To the Editor,
We just returned from a 10-day trip to Ambergris Caye, Belize, and we had a
wonderful time. We picked up a copy of your paper and enjoyed reading it.
The people were friendly, the food was good, the weather was excellent (a bit on the hot side, but then this is July!) and your reef is nothing short of spectacular!
The Editor AMANDALA
I have always been a strong supporter for more unity and activism among all Belizeans, particularly those of us descended, in various degrees, from former West Africans (Creole and Garifuna, to be specific) and Mayans. I believe in equal rights and justice for all Belizeans. Consequently, I was elated to hear of plans for a Black Summit. Leading up to the Summit, however, several connected parties started to indemnify themselves against offending other ethnic groups and civil organizations. That is when I began to fear that the Black Summit would be nothing more than an academic exercise attended mostly by Belizean Uncle Toms trying to feel good about themselves.