Letter to the Editor: The word on the street is that government is paying gang members

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

The word on the street is that government is paying gang members. This is a problem within our nation. It is said that the government is paying them to “keep the peace”. Why is the government paying these people? Are they hiding something? Could it be that the gangs know something about our government representatives and are being paid to keep quiet? How much are they being paid? This raises many questions, some that cause us to doubt our government’s ability to run our country properly. This is happening while educated individuals are finding it harder than ever to survive.

Why is it that the government of Belize is paying known gang members while an educated individual who has an associate’s degree is still unemployed and is left to find their own way? We all know that life is not fair and things never go smoothly. But when the government is blatantly taking care of suspected criminals and leaving us educated individuals to fend for ourselves after completing our studies and still not able to get a job after almost a year of searching, this is a serious problem. If the government is able to pay gang members, should they not also implement a payment for educated individuals who cannot get a job after a year of looking?

If we were able to get any legally paying job, we would take it. Jobs are hard to come by, and most of us are not able to get a job in the field we studied. Some of us take jobs that are not paying us for the level of education we possess. And if we are lucky enough to find a job in our field of study, we may still only be pawns of the political game and are at risk of losing our jobs at the next elections.

Something must be done to alleviate this dilemma facing us. At every graduation ceremony the phrase “You are the future of Belize” is uttered, but it proves fruitless when “the future of Belize” is barely able to survive, or worse, not able to get a job. How is the payment of gang members helping our economy? How is this making Belize a safer place? I fail to see it so please explain it to me.

Best Regards,

/s/Name Withheld by Request

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