Posted by Dorrie Woodward on January 16, 2007, 10:23 am, in reply to "Re: Making Sense of the Local News"
I'm excited by all the constructive ideas being offered; they all make sense to me, and I think will help us find more constructive steps to take towards sustainability.|
Lee, thank you for your offer of help! I'm gonna call you later today. My # is 351-5459
Talking to El Tamarindo could be very useful; I don't think they are aware of us gringos, certainly when they arrange things they work through Mexican channels. For example; one of my "local sources" recently told me that El T. simply paid off the (past) president of the municipality in La Huerta, and our(past) delegado here, so that there would be no problems running all those trucks through the town.
I was part of a group of local women who invited the delegado to meet with us about the problem...6-8 months ago. He did meet with us and told us it was only going to be 2 more months of trucks. So we waited and stopped our complaints. He just blew us off.
Not sure, but it might make it easier for the local politicians to stand firm with El T. if they could say: "well, you see the problem we have here, with all these pinche gringos, how vigilant they are, so we really can't go on with the (....) because they're our main source of income and they'll be on our case if we(....)."
Right now, those same politicians might just think we don't give a darn, because we haven't known what's happening, or figured out what we can do as gringos.
I have 2 articles I'm happy to share about what happened recently in Careyes, where Roberto Hernandez(owner of El Tamarindo, pres. of Banamex) succeeded in imposing his marina development, even though SEMARNAT, the "min.of environment" had rejected his project. Eight days before Fox left office he signed docs. permitting the project.
However, we are here and now. El T and ourselves have a common problem: sea water in the acquifer. We need to work together to deal with this. Other problems are relevant too: we can advocate for our neighbours, whose voices are not heard by Sr.Hernandez. (???)
Personally, I think many children suffer allergies and respiratory illnesses as a result of the continual irritation of the dust, but how do you demonstrate this?
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