As per our telephone conversation I think that I should enlighten you that my working with Deliverance Inc. is neither vendettacal or biased. I was chosen to be the leader because I possessed absolutely no political machinations with the Democratic Labour Party of Barbados, so I could afford to be objective. Our organization is American. We travel the world assisting political entities that we feel have a strong commitment to the poor. Then we fundraise for them, and assist in their political causes. I have just returned from almost spending a year researching the political climate on the island of Barbados. We arrived on the island completely neutral, but we left with a clear identification of who was best to rule Barbados. As always the ultimate dictator is the Almighty God, but he has ingrained us with certain wisdom and power to discern. It is clear that even though the Democratic Labour Party has made mistakes; they are the better ones to rule Barbados. It is also clear that Mia Mottley does not have a clue as to what shoes she was stepping into.
The prime ministership of any island is an awesome job, a perilous job, a job where he/she carries every man, woman and child on their back. Each mistake and mishap is blamed and attributed to either competence or incompetence. She is a Columbia University School of Law graduate and upon her taking office, she had no record-now she does. The average Barbadian in New York regrets that she was ever elected Prime Minister; and 80 percent wishes that she would resign. Her record so far speaks for itself. Bus fare is now three dollars and fifty cents, with some persons either walking long distances or car pooling to get to work. Some people are paying as much as fourteen to sixteen dollars a day in transport-with no increase in salary. Plus they have children to send to school, plus rent, groceries and mortgage. Layoffs from Government jobs are in the thousands, and gasoline has skyrocketed in price. A chicken in Barbados is almost $40 and persons cannot afford to home grow poultry because of the price of feed.
The cost of electricity has skyrocketed. What was $30 dollars a month is now $92. Departure tax at the airport has doubled. Taxi fares are ridiculous. Fifty dollars spent in the grocery store can yield three items. There is a massive amount of imported products from the United States that sell for astronomical prices. The transport board buses lie dormant at the bus depot, with someone having to wait at least two hours before a bus arrives, and prayers all the way home has to be offered that the vehicle will not break down. I was traveling on a bus from St. Michael to Pie Corner, St. Lucy. This experience will be forever etched in my mind. The bus broke down. It was 10:30 pm and pitched black. There were only a few persons on the bus, and the driver was plowing at a high speed. The bus broke down, and I was rescued by another passenger who called for her husband to come. He was a taxi driver and I let common sense prevail by paying him to return me and my son to St. Michael. Needless to say, I never traveled on the bus again.
Healthcare in Barbados is indescribable. We became ill on the island three times. Each time there was no public ambulance available. I had to send for a taxi to transport us. When we arrived at QEH Emergency Room, we ended up waiting two and a half days before we could see a doctor. On our second outing I received a tip that there was a private clinic in Bellville that was run by a U.S. doctor. That was our avenue for medical care while in Barbados, at a great expense to us. There is no more free education in Barbados. There is a heavy crime rate. By the end of February of 2019, there were almost 20 murders. Armed robbery is now the norm. I remember that where we stayed, dogs roamed the streets late at night, and unless we were out by car, we stayed home.
These things coupled with the fact that Barbados is no longer a paradise, and the impossibility of remaining neutral no longer is why we have decided to support Verla De Peiza for the next Barbados General Elections. She is a Seventh Day Adventist Christian, an attorney-at-law, and is the mother of two beautiful children. The population of any country should never enjoy lurid remarks made by the population about their prime minister’s sexuality. Sometimes in hearing conversations about Mia Mottley, I was forced to move away from the conversant. Some Barbadians can be so vulgar.
Our introduction of Ms. DePeiza will take place at a special fund raising service, which will be held in Brooklyn, on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 pm. Our venue will be the historic First A.M.E. Zion Church, which is located at 54 McDonough St., between Tompkins and Marcy avenues. The place will be packed as we have the endorsement of the Worldwide Seventh Day Adventist Church. We are extending an invitation to you and all of your newspapers. The sermon will be delivered by the Hon. Pastor Dr. Marvin Hooks, Senior. Please do your utmost to attend and bless us with an article. I will keep in touch with you to let you know our progress and with her elected, the skywill be the limit for you, as far as vacations and prestige are concerned.