Deadlocked in Frustration

September 1st, 2007
by George S. Crimmin

[private] v5-9-Speaking OutIn February of this year I had a very interesting discussion with a congressman from the mainland. I presented my proposal to him that the Bay Islands deserve to have a representative in Congress for each municipal district, with the State Capital of Roatan having two. I was pleasantly surprised by his reaction; he actually agreed with me. He went on to say that in his opinion, most fair-minded members of the National Congress would support such a resolution if it were introduced.

I felt compelled to ask the following question: “Diputado, what do you consider the most serious problem facing Honduras today?” Without hesitating he replied, “Corruption. It has become ingrained as part of our national culture.” In other words, it has become institutionalized.

I proceeded to ask him when we could expect to see some improvements in this area. His response: “When the current political leaders are all either retired or dead” I said, “That is a very grim assessment.” He replied, “I know, but unfortunately I believe it to be true.” And I have to agree with him. On the international scene, Honduras is commonly referred to as a lawless society. All the more reason for us to pursue autonomy.

However, in my opinion, we have an ever more pressing need at this time–to divide what is now the current Roatan municipal territory into two separate entities. Brick Bay to West Bay would remain the Roatan municipal district; Brick Bay to the Santos Guardiola Border would form a new municipality. The issues affecting Mt. Pleasant and West End, for instance, are so different that it makes little sense to continue the present arrangement. The current format is totally dysfunctional and ineffective.

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come. I believe this one is actually overdue. Roatan needs a new municipal building on the outskirts of the city with ample parking facilities to accommodate its growing and changing population. This could all be in place by the next election cycle.

Sometimes, we should choose not to follow where the path leads but go instead where there is no path and leave a trail-a trail our descendants will be proud to follow. It is said that “most people are successful not because they are destined to be so, but because they are determined to be so.” [/private]

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