“The thing is, I take my computer with me, and when people start lying in a discussion, I go to Google and read the truth. All politicians should do the same, BEFORE they open their mouths. Of course the GOP can only fact check inside their little bubble of Faux News, so they are quite limited in where they can search. They firmly believe and espouse that ONLY Faux has the real news and all others are the "liberal media". Still the rest of us can use Google anyway.”
nymexdvd on May 29, 2013 at 09:19:18
“The GOP isn't interested in the truth, only what can confuse the electorate and keep them in office.”
“I wonder how they conducted this poll since only 10% of the population has landline phones in Honduras and the wait time to get one is about 10 years. Everyone has a cell phone but there is no way to know who you are calling as there is no directory and people change numbers at least every 3 months or so. Also, the National party has been spending money to help Xiomara's campaign because it splits the Liberal party's vote in half as you can see by their numbers. And, Xiomara is just Mel's proxy, Mel wasn't very popular, no matter what anyone says.”
“Half the population of Honduras is under 18, so, .5 X 8.5 million only equals 4.25 million even eligible to register to vote, not 5.3 million already registered. The math is wrong. Most of the young people don't even have ID yet so they couldn't be registered to vote. I'm not doubting that there are more people registered than eligible, however...
Sadly, most of the people in my neighborhood in the mountains can't read, write, and don't have TVs, so it's a lot like having a 4 year old kid vote in an election. They pay 300lps per vote ($15usd), usually, and the more clever voters try to get money from each party before they vote. Hopefully one or the other party will at least run a road grader up our road before the election to win votes, we really need that.”
“OK, the school system isn't perfect, so let's not learn to read? In Honduras attending school is a personal choice left to the individual child starting at kindergarten. If it's more fun to play than to go to school he just does what he pleases. The school is so close you can hear the children playing on their break. Canadians came here two years ago and rebuilt, re-roofed, rewired, re-plumbed, re-painted, added new desks, new books, we had a huge ceremony with politicians from La Ceiba, I cooked 100 hot dogs for it.
It's time to just let Hondurans be they way they want to be.....”
Soldemar on Jun 14, 2013 at 12:45:24
“And what would be the way Hondurans want to be, according to your "wise" and "indispensable" opinion?”
“OK, so you're saying that choosing to not attend school is not choosing to be poor. Then how would you expect these children that can't read, write, add, or subtract earn a living? Are you saying that they choose to steal from others in order to not be poor? Actually, you're exactly right!! That is why there is such a horrible gang problem here!! These young men haven't really chosen to be poor, they've chosen to be criminals, no education necessary. School here only lasts from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM, it's too much of a bother for them to go for just four hours? We agree here: I've never heard of such nonsense before, I witness it in total disbelief from my home here in La Ceiba (right now).”
Soldemar on Jun 13, 2013 at 05:33:12
“The public education system in Honduras is deficient and does not offer the quality needed nor provides a good basis for further academic success in the future.
Have you ever taken the time to enroll in a conversation with this young people and ask them why they do not find school appealing?
Why criminalize the youth just because they gather on a corner and hang out?
Do you know the REAL reasons why they do not attend school?
Prejudices and a judgmental attitude towards them are not going to be of any help.
May be you could start a initiative to change this for the good and be an inspiration to them.
This is exactly what the article talks about.
See the needs around you and take the initiative and positive steps to change your environment without expecting others or the Government to do it for you.
It is the little things we do or don´t, the daily things, make in the long run the difference.”
“"It has to start with building a first-rate education system" No Marco, it has to start with the people actually insisting that their children attend school. That's where all of you have it wrong. On any given school day, 1/3 to 1/2 of all the school children are playing in the street or just hanging around the neighborhood. We have a nice school now, built by nice foreigners even, but until the people wake up and make their children attend the problems will persist. It's the same with nearly EVERY other problem facing Honduras, stop trying to change them into something they don't even want to be, it's their choice to be poor.”
Soldemar on Jun 12, 2013 at 11:34:14
“First, it is nobody´s choice to be poor. I have never heard of such nonsense before.
For some people it is just easier to define reality in very simplified and ignorant terms such as the one written above.
Congrats to Marco on your accurate reflection about the situation in Honduras.
I would like to add the word "public" to the first-rate education system. Because a lot of families in Honduras are quite conscious about the impact education has, many decide to take the huge financial burden in paying private Bilingual (English-Spanish) education for their children.
Private education is extremely expensive in Honduras. Some schools charge fees similar to Boarding schools in Switzerland and England which is absolutely shameless and out of the context.
Not even private schools in Germany are as expensive as some Honduran Bilingual Schools. So, you get the idea.
What many people do is get deep into debt in order to provide a half way good education for their children. This is unfortunately another side of the reality in Honduras as well.
What you do as a parent? Take on two or more jobs (if you are lucky enough to find such) and see how you pay for the education of the kids until they are out of college.
Time to spend on voluntary or community work is therefore non existent which is a real pity.”
“Some of what makes the business people so mad in Honduras is that the police road blocks on the highway target nice cars to extract payola from, and those are the business people. I think they may feel cheated that they are now paying double without getting any relief from the crime. People in Honduras with money live behind 15ft concrete walls with barbed wire on top and armed security guards at their gates. They are the target of kidnappers, thieves, robbers, and the police as well. I've noticed that since the police strike, the daily roadblock at the Saopin bridge in La Ceiba has cut back to two days a week and crime hasn't gone up at all. Maybe they should stay on strike for awhile, or at least until I get all my Christmas shopping done for 2013.....”
“OK, I agree with most of your ideas, but, right now the last thing I would ever want is 20,000 thieves in uniform in Honduras. When they figure out how to stop the police from robbing everyone in sight, then maybe. I'm not sure paying the thieves more will work either, your $350 a month figure seems high as well, most seem to make $275 a month now, but they easily steal $25-$30 a day from the people.”
“OK, I live in Honduras, and yes, Mel raised minimum wage 60% in one swoop in the middle of the worst recession since the depression. Unemployment went from 30% to 50%+. In fact out of all my neighbors 0 now have full time jobs. Drive down through the downtown area and you'll see that a huge percentage of the businesses are closed now. Talk to any small business owners (not the rich people you guys are always speaking of) and you'll hear the same thing, they're behind on the rent and will have to let more people go soon. Now, thanks to Mel, there are NO tourists, so all the businesses that need tourist dollars are on the verge of going under. Meanwhile, a corrupt ex-president was globetrotting the world doing his best to ruin his own country just in order to come back for the last 3 months of his term. Since Mel was given the boot not one Venezuelan airplane loaded with cocaine and money has crashed here, before it was almost daily. And, why, when the Court and the Congress deemed it illegal, did Mel lead a mob of thugs to break into the evidence building and steal the ballots? Many of you forget that Mel refused to obey the law, and got violent thugs to back him up whenever he didn't get his way. Do some more research on what has gone on here for the last 8 months before you post.
ThirdSection on Sep 22, 2009 at 23:04:37
“Hmmmm... Lack of tourists? I wonder what could be causing that little economic setback. I just don't know. Could it be...
(apologies to Dana Carvey)”
apduncan1 on Sep 22, 2009 at 19:44:57
You forgot to add the plane with cocaine and money had hookers too.”
As soon as you start dividing the people into classes with your tired rhetoric everything
you say after that is pointless. What exactly is your agenda anyway? I only need to read
a few of your words to know......
"Why do you care? The problems of the lower classes mean nothing to you. That statement shows what you are, and who you are in the scheme of life. Everything else you say after that is pointless."”
sticksnstones on Aug 5, 2009 at 11:54:40
“I would suggest that you actually refute the valid, factual, documented points made in this article instead of launching into a personal attack on the author. In doing so, you will cease to appear the idealogue in this argument. Until then, what you offer here is a childish rant.”