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Keeping what’s Bajan

Before I start, I would like to wish every one in Barbados a very joyous Christmas and a fantastic New Year.

Well, with that out of the way, I would like to start with what I read in the Barbados Today dated December 19, 2012 on page 8, a comment by Government Senator Verla De Peiza regarding change and tourism.

She is correct in regards to what’s being done in Barbados to preserve the natural beauty of Barbados.

Please note that the more changes that you continue to make claiming modernisation, the more you are destroying the things that made Barbados the Gem of the Caribbean.

You are taking away the things that people travel to different countries to see. Why would anyone want to spend money just to lay on the beach, and get a sea bath? Barbados needs to keep more of Barbados, and do away with all this change that you seem to think will attract more tourist.

Barbados has, or should I say had, a lot of history. But the more you destroy, you are destroying the history.

On page 10 Senator Orlando Marville makes a good point also. You can call so-called blacks, whatever name that suits you – African Americans, or whatever – but one thing is for sure, when it comes to spending money freely they will win hands down in that contest.

Right here in the US, if all so-called black folks didn’t spend a dime for two days we would be in a world of trouble. Blacks spends money at times on things that they want, but not really on things that they need. So-called white folks spend sparingly and make sure that they get the most for their money.

Look even at the black folks in Barbados when it comes to dressing, partying and hooked on material things. They would save just for that occasion and don’t even worry about much until after the partying is done.

On page 24 William Smokey Burke had an article titled Culture Dying. This word culture is used many times for different reason. I’ve looked up the word culture and this is what I found as the meaning: The constitutive cultural system; a way of life, breeding. These are the two meanings I’ve found for the word.

For as long as I can remember promoters have paid outsiders more for entertainment than they will Barbadians. My mother had a saying: “Home drums beat first”, but it makes no difference how good the person is, they never get what’s due to them. This has been going on for so long, that it seem to be taken for granted even by the Government.

We must remember that money that you pay them will for the most part be spent right back in Barbados, but when you pay outsiders these big bucks, the most of it will be removed from the Barbados economy.

— Charles Cadogan

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