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May 8, 2012

Should taxpayers’ dollars pay gang salaries?

It was announced late last month that the referendum on taking the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice will be held on October sixth, 2013. Leading up to that date, there will be plenty discussion on the matter so we got the ball rolling with our last question to viewers. We asked: Do you support a referendum to take the territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice? It was one of the closest polls we’ve had with the results split fifty-two to forty-eight percent. The majority of voters were in favor of the referendum.

 

And the question for tonight is: Should tax payers’ monies be spent to pay the gangs a weekly salary? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on our e-poll at channel5belize.com. You can also send an email with your comments to questions@channel5belize.com.

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24 Responses for “Should taxpayers’ dollars pay gang salaries?”

  1. Lucian says:

    There is absolutely no reason for Belizean taxpayers to be responsible for paying gang members a weekly salary. It is nothing more than the country being held hostage and being extorted. Of course our Prime Minister and his cronies may as well have female genitalia to not stand up against the gangs. Rather than making life hard for criminals, they are rewarding them. What a bunch of cowards. If there was a death squad in Belize to take out these pieces of trash, I would be content. Belize needs to bring back the death penalty to get rid of the fecal matter in our country.

  2. KIKA says:

    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON. THE TAX PAYERS ARE SWEATING THERE @$$ OUT AND THIS GANG TRUCE WHO ARE JUST HANGING ON THE STREET KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE WILL BE CONSIDERED AND BE WELL FED WITH THE TAYPAYERS MONEY COME ON. IF THEY WANT TO EAT LET THEM SWEAT THERE @$$ AND WORK FOR THEIR MONEY. NOBODY IS SPOON FED IF THEY NO PUT HAND ON NO WORK.

  3. Storm says:

    No, and HELL NO!!!

    Use the same money to pay rewards to arrest the same gangsters — $35,000 each week to pay informants would be a far better use of the money, and in a few months time, the streets would be pretty much swept clean of the gangster scum.

  4. drose flowers says:

    I DON’T MINE G.O.B USING MY TAX MONEY TO PAY GANG MEMBERS AS LONG AS THEY WORK EIGHT HOURS FOR IT AND FIVE DAYS A WEEK.

  5. Lovely Rose says:

    Good questions but i perfer to pay them to LIVE and not pay them and DIE early. I want to have kids, see them grow up and graduate. i want to be able to see my grand children do the same. The gangs kill people for style.

  6. belizeanpride says:

    that makes me think also that’ i could join the gang bangers and get paid also instead of paying tax better get paid for doing nothing.

  7. david says:

    There should be a referendum for decisions like that, the people of belize should decide. eventhough goberment always does mock referndums and make believe referendums to cover to the international community. see here we have a dictator. open your eyes people.

  8. Nicole Forwomen says:

    Y should they pay them out of our pockets when they robb us on the streets already….I believe i have paid enough from the Chain, phone and ring they got from me……The hard earn moeny i make can be used for my son school fees and the GOB is doing a horribel job they need to pay for there horrible performance…..Dont you think so….Why do we pay GOB so goood for doing a Bad job….I would like to say The mayor is doing a good job….so far…keep it up u will be here a while.

  9. belize says:

    If Govt. will pay gangs a salary i will be a gang member so i dont have to work and get paid.

  10. Charlie Price says:

    WHAT WORK DO THEY DO TO GET PAID???

  11. NoNo says:

    All this $#!% gob is doing paying gangs! all we will get is more gang groups forming and get pay for doing nuhting, sit thier all@$$ home and getting paid better than the little man or woman picking up garbages on the street that some filty belizean trow down. I hate the fact that all my money is been use to sopport gang, like others said, maybe i should join and b paid well for doing nuhtin.
    when what should be doing is rid of the gangsters, the police know then and they know that all they do is illegal thing, so hey. kill them all and sweep the streets clean of gang and make it a safer place. if you can’t, pay me and i’ll do it for lee bit of nuhtin. We sure need a death squad and i can lead no problem. I’ll rid the corrupted members of gsu too while i’m on the job and we will then all have the best police department. No pay no more gangs with my hard earn $$$

  12. Brightman says:

    We should only pay to see them in chaingangs working the fields, the jungles…if they want to be criminals, they should NOT be rewarded for it. If they want to earn a salary, let them work for it. GANG THEM UP AND TAKE THEM TO WORK IN THE MAYA MOUNTAINS!!!!

  13. b.Jones says:

    You can pick your poison. Pay troubled young men to do the work or pay Government family members or Friends 10x’s as much to do the same work. Look at the waap the Government put on you taxpayers to put up an incomplete fence on the Marion Jones stadium…Where was the outcry….lol

    Thank God the “Bad man”them want to work for the money and not looking to hold-up/jack Government payroll.

    If the Government is paying gang members with doing work, I would say that is wrong

  14. b.Jones says:

    *without

  15. blackberry says:

    my taxes are already paying to keep those in prison, eliminate them instead.

  16. True Belizean says:

    Can anyone gives me an answer to what happens to the results of the channel 5 voting polls? Does the Gov’t get the opportunity to view the results of the votes?

    These are just a few words that comes into mind when i think about the word gang: blood,guns,rape,crack dealers,money,mentally challenged,skinny,cruel, criminals,murder, theft,………and the list goes on…….why should we allow the Gov’t to support these gangsters. Our voices need to be heard my fellow Belizeans. We have the power not the Minsters or the Government. Where our monies should be spent is on infrastructure, look at the conditions of our roads, parks……… what a shame Mr Incompetent P.M.

  17. Moses says:

    With things haard out ya, we di start a new gang a cayo, the incentives seems attractive.

  18. wayne says:

    the question alone shows how government is thinking about the average tax payer…
    they should use the money to pay bounty hunters

  19. vicky says:

    HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!

  20. dyna says:

    The only thing the can spend my tax Dollar for on the gangs is to buy the rope on which to hang them.

  21. Seletar says:

    You get more of whatever behaviour you subsidise.

    With this foolish programme, GOB subsidises gang membership. It will increase as a result.

    What fools lead us! What fools we are to follow!

  22. FML says:

    Lucian i agree with death penalty but as a commonwealth nation we must abide by the Human Rights

  23. Eye in the Sky says:

    The government should pay the police double and if they catch & convict then the police who did his job should get a large extra bonus check for excellent work.
    If the police get enough money for their job they will do a better job also….we hope.
    It should stop the bribes and lazyness.
    ME I am going to drop out of High School and Become a Gang Member and Make Some Cash Now.

  24. RedBwai says:

    Paying gang members was thw biggest and most foolish mistake this incompetent government has ever made…now the gangsters feel as tho they have a huge leverage over the government and the people…in other words..pay us or the crime and killing wont stop. As far as i see this gang truce thing is a failure from the start…pple are still dying…crime is still on the rise and the murder rather is at its all time high…so to me they are being payed to increase the crime and mirder rate to astronomic proportions…hmmm…what a waste of my hard earned tax dollars..

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