May 16, 2007

In the La Ceiba news, May 16

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We were watching the local La Ceiba news at lunch today. We have several local TV stations, believe it or not. They talk too fast for me to catch everything, but there were a couple of interesting things.

One program interviewed Henry Stanley, Commandante de los Bomberos (Fire Chief) of La Ceiba. I was interested in this after reading the "smoke" weather forecast the other day. He said that in the past few weeks, they have had to attend to a minimum of three fires per day and sometimes as many as eight to nine per day.

He chastised people for being careless with fires, saying they need to think about the damage they might do to other people. He also spoke about the damage that people are doing to the environment and the countless animals that are killed when these fires get out of control. I've seen him interviewed before and have read several newspaper articles in which he was quoted. I'm very impressed with him.

Another station had a viewer call in complaining about some hanky-panky going on in the municipalidad (municipal government) where employees are selling municipal property under the table. The commentator starting going on about various other misdeeds of the municipalidad. He said (don't know if this is true or not) that even our water in the Cangrejal River is a concession from someone/some company in Tegucigalpa.

I don't know how this could be, since it is my understanding that all the creeks, rivers, and beaches in Honduras belong to the public − supposedly. Maybe I'm being naive.

Then the host made the comment that "the only thing the municipalidad hasn't given away, stolen, or sold to others is the air that we breathe, and who knows, maybe soon they'll be telling us we have to pay for that, too!"

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