Hail to the Chiefs

February 1st, 2007
by George S. Crimmin

[private] v5-2-Speaking OutRecently I watched former U.S. representative Lee Hamilton being interviewed on television. He talked about how difficult it is to arrive at a consensus. Former congressman Hamilton was Vice Chairman of the Iraq Study group. As he described his experience for the audience, I couldn’t help but think about the complexities confronting the Bay Islands, in particular, Roatan.

I have always said that the greatest impediment to progress here is that Roatan has too many chiefs and too few Indians. I am of course a chief, my neighbor is a chief, the guy down the street is a chief, also the lady up the street is a chief. We are all chiefs. In military lingo we are all generals, there are no grunts here.

Consequently, when all of these chiefs or generals meet, all they do is argue about who is the greatest chief of all, and nothing is ever accomplished. I wonder just what it would take for us to finally come together and agree on something for a change. In other words, arrive at a consensus. I believe that before we can find the solution to a problem, we first have to agree on what the problem is.

Any good administrator will tell you that before starting a project, you need to plan and organize before you implement. If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you get there? The problems facing us are many, and solving them will pose serious challenges, but solve them we must. However, as earlier stated, we first need to identify them.

It is said that “failure in people is caused more by lack of determination than lack in talent.” I have also frequently remarked that in regards to my beloved Island Roatan, no good deed goes unpunished. Fellow Bay Islanders, it is time for us to join together in a common sense, practical, non-ideological way to solve the problems we face. Where do we start? Any volunteers for a demotion? [/private]

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