I have just got finish reading your article on page 4 of the Barbados Today dated July 22, titled Over to Kyto. It seems that yet another Canadian company wants to buy the rights to one of your valuable commodities.
I am having a very difficult time understanding why Barbados would allow an outside source to capitalise on such a valuable commodity such as its Sea Island Cotton. You have sold the electric plant to the Canadians, plus they already have other holdings in Barbados, and now this.
Wow! This is so interesting and simply mind boggling to understand what Barbadians are going to own in Barbados within the next five to 10 years at the rate you keep selling to outsiders?
What’s missing in this big picture? Is this deal really helpful to Barbados in the long term? Or is this a deal that will help just for the moment?
Whichever way I look at it, I keep coming up with the same problem constantly, and that is: at the end of the day between the Canadians and the Chinese which one will own the most of Barbados.
Why are you giving up the birth place of thousands of Barbadians to be again controlled by others? Why is it this easy for outsiders to own valuable land and holdings in Barbados, taking away the birthrights of others whose great, great grand parents shed blood sweat and tears for them to ensure that we would no longer be controlled by others?
God knows I am having truly a very hard time understanding this situation where slowly but surely you’ll continue to have only a Government without controlling power since you no longer have the things that gives you the control you need to protect the people.
I am not a lawyer, or a man with a couple of college degrees, but common sense is telling me that any country that allows others to control the important places and things is just looking to be right back where they started. Say what you want, but it’s time for you to pay very close attention to the things that you are selling, and the people from whom you are borrowing.
Everyone but you seems to see the importance or the value of owning these things that you are giving up this easily.
Please don’t wait until the horse is out of the barn and then close the door. If you do I guess at the end of the day you’ll sit around and say what you used to own while others enjoy what you had and profit from what you had.
I hope that something will remain for the younger generation to see that belongs to Barbadians.
— Charles S. Cadogan Sr