Dr. Love is the island's and possibly the world's greatest authority on
just about everything, though the Doctor seldom addresses matters
involving the law or religion. Otherwise, Dr. Love answers questions
about love, life, relationships, intra-neighborhood squabbles and
various other things that people don't understand.
You may write to the Doctor at P.O. Box 35, San Pedro Town, Belize
or fax 026-2905. For all of you cyberspace people - you may E-mail the
good Doctor at email@example.com.
Dear Doctor Love,
Every year we go through the beginning of the season where everyone
is whining and crying about the lack of customers. This year it seems to
be different (knock on wood). Tourists are tripping over each other on
the street. Why the sudden increase in business? Is it just San Pedro or
is this happening in other parts of the country?
The sudden growth of the tourist business is officially attributed
to different factors like the state of the world economy and "market
penetration" by Belize government tourism entities. What a load of crap!
The truth is that the Internet is the major reason for the business
boom. Individuals and private companies have invested more in
advertising over the past two years than the government has in the
history of Belize. That is because individuals have no qualms about
investing their money where it will do the most good for them. They
don't have to worry about pleasing anyone else. The result is a lot of
different people investing a lot of money spreading information about
What can you do about a driver who endangers others and yet the
police do nothing about it? A little red Mazda pickup truck with soft
drink banners attached to it has been speeding around this island for
some time now. He has endangered my life and the life of others. I
thought about going to the police about him, but I am familiar with the
blank stares given to one who complains. Some friends of mine and I are
thinking of administering street justice by yanking the driver out and
teaching him a lesson. What do you think?
Do not even think of doing something like that unless the Doctor is
present to get a few licks in. The Doctor knows which idiot you are
talking about, having dodged that little red truck a few times in the
past. Here is a better idea. Write to the soft drink company and explain
to them that a truck hauling their products and sometimes bearing their
logo is endangering the lives of people here. If you shake the branches
of the company tree hard enough, something will happen. A multinational
company is not going to let their image be smeared because of a fool who
is not qualified to drive.
The following letter is in response to an item in the Local Drift
section of a recent San Pedro Sun. The article was about a bottle with a
message in it from Cancun that drifted ashore here.
Dear Doctor Love,
In response to Local Drift, the people of Cancun know how much the
people of San Pedro love to litter their streets, so they sent some for
/s/ A friend of Rene Matus
Letters like this can usually be counted on to raise the Doctor's
hackles and bring out a fighting response. However, this time there is
no escaping the truth. It is not uncommon to see people eat something
and throw the wrapper to the ground when a trash can is only a few feet
away. Now, let hit back a little bit.
Please do not fool yourself into thinking that Mexicans are less
slovenly and lazy than Belizeans when it comes to garbage. Go to any
barrio in Mexico and see for yourself. The Mexican government pumps
millions of dollars into cleanup in Cancun and uses expensive
specialized equipment that this country could never afford.
San Pedro has about ten municipal workers armed with rakes, shovels
and a tractor pulling a trailer load of garbage. They must be doing
something or we would be waist deep in trash in less than a week.
Dear Doctor Love,
Don't you think these muddy streets are a shame? After some days
water stinks since it has nowhere to run. Riding bike and driving golf
cart are not enjoyed. No walking or running I think something got to be
done. When our fellow tourist reach home I don't think they recommend
San Pedro for vacations. I know we cannot prevent Mother Nature but
probably something can be done. Right?
Of course, something can be done. We can lay pipes for water runoff;
build storage ponds for rainwater; pave the streets. Do you notice two
things that these solutions have in common? They cost money and call for
agreement by a lot of people. These are things that are in short supply
on this island. Besides, what makes you think that people come here for
the roads? They don't. They come here for Mother Nature which, as you
say, is uncontrollable. If it is raining, they are not going to be very
happy anyway. If the sun is shining, we don't have big mud puddles.
Ergo, why do anything differently?
Dear Doctor Love,
New Year's Eve and Christmas Eve both fell in the middle of the week
this year. The streets were full of people walking and speeding taxi's.
Shouldn't the street in front be closed on holidays as well as weekends.
This was a very dangerous situation this year.
You are right. Someone has to take the initiative to suggest it to
the town board ahead of time, though. During the holidays they have many
things to do just like everyone else. Your suggestion would probably be
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