The Celebration of Christmas, Birthday of Jesus Christ, is not only our tradition and our culture, but in truth the very reason for our strong faith that Jesus Christ, the King of kings, came to earth to bring us Peace and Goodwill to mankind. This year Belize has been going through difficult economic times. The world all over seems to be going through a bad patch with natural disasters in addition to those created by man's inhumanity to man. This year we have lived through the now infamous September 11th, the disaster caused by Hurricanes Chantal and Iris, crime and the loss of several of our loved ones. All was not bad, there are many blessings we can be thankful for and of course first and foremost is the fact that we are still alive, ready and willing to keep up the good fight for a better, and more enjoyable San Pedro Town. Next year will see the beginning of a campaign for Municipal and General Elections. Let us hope that this will be a clean campaign free of slander and personal attacks. Let us also hope that the new leaders that surface will not fall victims to greed and the abuse of power. Let justice, peace and mercy be their goal and not to be allured to the greed of fame and wealth. I close with the words of the birth of Jesus Christ: "GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST AND ON EARTH PEACE FOR THOSE WITH WHOM HE IS WELL PLEASED" On behalf of the San Pedro Town Councilors and myself "Very Best wishes for Christmas and may the New Year of 2002 be one of the good wealth and prosperity"
[This message has been edited by Bill Thornton (edited 12-21-2001).]