Foreigners giving business to foreigners
THE EDITOR: I would like to bring to your attention a great scourge that is prevalent on our island, one which is being ignored and could lead to our detriment.
I hail from the very beautiful and serene village of Castara and have for the entire half of a century of my life. This means that I always have a hand firmly placed on the pulse of this tiny village and I do not appreciate what it's communicating!
A foreign national is building a house not far from mine in Castara. Now I am almost one hundred per cent certain that this house is going to evolve into a place for holiday-makers who will pay this woman to stay there. Yes, foreigners will give business to other foreigners instead of Tobagonians! This has been happening for years and it does not show any signs of changing.
This woman has been here for about a year and I am wondering to myself that a lot of leniency is at play here as I don't see how one foreigner can receive so many visa extensions. Maybe Tobago has now got open –'supulca' status, so now any one can come to stay/live. Maybe this woman has many tricks up her sleeves to trick our immigration officials.
If I can recall correctly, foreigners are no longer allowed to buy land in my village. Even if she has duped someone else into purchasing it for her, shouldn't the law make provisions such wrong- doings?
For years we have been welcoming foreigners into Castara and showing them all which the village has to offer. While we appreciate the sojourner's love of our home, let it remain only that and let these tourists return to their countries after their holiday! If you examine the economies of these first world countries, you will see the huge mess they are in so it makes sense that who can run will run.
Let me categorically state that this piece of literature is not for the individuals who have fostered family relations by marrying a local.
This is for those who pick your brains clean about the island and in their heads become more knowledgeable than you.
These are the ones pretend to have a genuine interest in helping Tobago while their true feelings are that of resentment due to us having rights to this beautiful island. Surely their assistance is needed in places that really need help, places such as Haiti! My brothers and sisters, their true concern and motivation is owning a piece of our land …. A piece of us!
Let us not forget that the invaders always try to butter-up the natives first before they remove the masks and expose their true selves.
I am sure that the majority of you have the same fears as I … that you will wake up one morning to a little Britain. They will have your jobs, control your government and prevent your children from playing and picking mangoes from where our navel strings are buried.
Clearly immigration officials need to be more vigilant if they hunt and rounds up the Grenadians and Guyanese like dogs but others manage to escape!
I have seen these officials show so much passion in throwing the book at fellow West Indians. Can I be as bold as to question, is it because the hew of their skin tilts on the darker side? Malcom X's words ring in my ear today "who thought you to hate yourself"?
Tell me which is worse, the Guyanese who comes to the river to wet his tongue once in a while or those who establish a dam by the stream?
This leads me to my other question, is this not the land of Bo Nancy so ….. Why do we keep getting a six for a nine?
My people please WAKE UP AND ACT!