Thinking Out Loud


By: Kevin Bernard

As I sit here in Town Hall writing this, I am filled with different emotions. That’s usually the case at Christmas time. This is the time when we reflect and remember, make plans and goals and hold on to what is important in life.

I remember, with some sadness, my friend Carl Meggs. He was a real family man and he loved Christmas. There was no greater joy for him than hanging out with his friends, talking politics, with Flor and Marquez always close by. Those were happy times, and my friend is very much missed. He was my political mentor, and always advised me to push forward. He would be so excited today to be a part of my dream of very soon representing the people of Orange Walk East.

I will never forget, as I think about my friend Carl, a post by one of his friends shortly after he got the news that Carl had died so unexpectedly. It was a simple post, just advising us to hold on to family. As it was to Carl, family is everything to me.

Today, as I prepare to celebrate another Christmas in my own home with my beautiful wife and daughter, I reflect on growing up, and on my parents. They may never understand the extent of my love for them, or my gratitude for all they taught me, and even more for the example they showed me. It was a home filled with love, but also with discipline. There was always a sense of family, and of family values. My parents struggled so I could be where I am today, so that I could get an education. They taught me to work hard, and to always reach for excellence. They taught me about honesty and integrity. They taught me that a man’s word is his bond. It is because of them that I am where I am today, and I owe everything I am to them.

Because of all they did for me, I am able to do the same for my own family. My daughter is being raised in a home filled with love, and even from a very young age she is being taught the values I learned as a child. Already, she understands that she must love her mother and father, value and respect us, and trust us to guide her in the right direction. Like I did, she will grow up in a home with parents who will protect and support her throughout her life. And that is priceless.

I think all these things, because there is so much tragedy in Belize today. There is so much loss and grieving. We are on pace to break the record for murders set in 2012. What I found incredible this year was the amount of persons reported missing – many of them still not found. Imagine how many families will never be the same, and how many homes will never be the same.


I believe, firmly, that it all starts at home. The family structure is the single most important thing to a child growing up. That is where the seeds are planted, and depending on how that seed is nurtured, it will either produce a beautiful flower or rotten fruit. It seems that more and more, we are losing this sense of family. There are so many broken homes in Belize – single mothers struggling to raise children, or children left in the care of guardians or grandparents or aunts and uncles. In so many cases those children drop out of school and take to the streets. They join gangs, or pursue easy money and survival through criminal means, and the problem just seems to be getting worse and worse.

We need to get back that family structure. We need to bring up our children the right way, and teach them the right things to do. And we can’t only teach them the right things to do – we need to show them the right things to do, like my parents showed me. We need to show them the value of hard work, good work, and commitment. We need to instill in them that pride and love for each other and for our community and country. We need to let them know they are loved and cherished.

We are running out of time. This has to happen now.

From my family to yours this Christmas – we wish you every love, peace and joy.


  1. Hello! I’ve been following your website for some
    time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Kingwood
    Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the good work! fußballtrikots

  2. Great blog you have here but I was wanting to
    know if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics talked about here?
    I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get feed-back from other knowledgeable
    people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please
    let me know. Kudos! Real Madrid Trikot

  3. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you make this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz respond as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know where
    u got this from. thanks a lot

  4. Undeniably imagine that that you said. Your favourite justification seemed to be on the net the
    easiest thing to take into account of. I say to you, I certainly get irked at the same time
    as other folks think about concerns that they just do not understand about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without
    having side effect , other people can take a signal.
    Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  5. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post
    was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  6. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest
    but your sites really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead
    and bookmark your site to come back later on. Cheers

  7. You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation however I find this matter to be actually something
    that I think I would never understand. It kind of feels too complex
    and extremely huge for me. I’m looking forward for your next put
    up, I will try to get the dangle of it!

  8. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was
    a leisure account it. Look complicated to more introduced agreeable from
    you! However, how could we keep in touch?

  9. Pretty element of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact loved account your weblog
    posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing on your feeds or even I
    achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  10. This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.

    I have joined your feed and look forward to
    seeking more of your great post. Also, I have shared your
    web site in my social networks!

  11. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if
    you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically
    tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some
    time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.

    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward
    to your new updates.

  12. Hi, I do believe this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I’m going to come back once again since
    i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change,
    may you be rich and continue to help others.

  13. Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google,
    and found that it’s really informative. I am going
    to watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you continue this in future.
    Many people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  14. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
    find this matter to be really something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post,
    I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  15. Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is important and all. But think of if you added some great graphics or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”!

    Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, this website could
    definitely be one of the best in its field. Fantastic blog!

  16. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Many
    thanks, However I am encountering problems with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I
    cannot join it. Is there anyone else getting identical RSS issues?
    Anyone who knows the answer can you kindly respond?


  17. naturally like your website however you need to test the
    spelling on several of your posts. Several of them
    are rife with spelling problems and I in finding
    it very troublesome to inform the truth however I’ll definitely come back again.

  18. My brother recommended I would possibly like this
    blog. He was entirely right. This post actually
    made my day. You can not consider simply how a lot time I had spent
    for this info! Thanks!

  19. I simply could not go away your web site before suggesting that I really enjoyed the usual information a person provide to your guests?
    Is going to be again continuously in order to investigate cross-check new posts

  20. When I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and
    now whenever a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment.
    Is there a way you are able to remove me from that service?

  21. I’ll immediately grasp your rss feed as I can’t in finding your email
    subscription link or e-newsletter service.
    Do you have any? Please allow me understand in order that I may subscribe.

  22. My brother recommended I might like this website.

    He was totally right. This post actually made my day.
    You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for
    this info! Thanks!

  23. My partner and I stumbled over here different web address and thought I might as well check things out.
    I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page yet again.

  24. After exploring a handful of the articles on your web site, I seriously like your technique
    of writing a blog. I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark webpage list
    and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my website too and tell me how you feel.

  25. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is required to get set up?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100% certain. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

  26. My brother recommended I might like this website. He was entirely right.
    This put up truly made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how so much time
    I had spent for this information! Thank you!

  27. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of
    your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content
    so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1
    or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

  28. I have been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or blog posts in this kind of space .
    Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website.

    Reading this info So i’m happy to convey that
    I’ve a very good uncanny feeling I found out exactly
    what I needed. I so much indisputably will make sure to
    do not put out of your mind this website and give it a look on a constant basis.

  29. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog.

    A great read. I will certainly be back.

  30. I must thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing
    this blog. I really hope to check out the same
    high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my own, personal blog now 😉

  31. Great post. I used to be checking constantly this
    blog and I’m inspired! Extremely helpful info specially the final section 🙂 I take care
    of such information much. I used to be looking for this certain info
    for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  32. I think this is one of the most important information for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few general things, The web site style is
    perfect, the articles is really nice : D. Good job,

  33. I do consider all of the concepts you’ve presented to your post.
    They’re very convincing and will certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for newbies.
    Could you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thank you for the post.

  34. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this
    website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz reply as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from.
    many thanks

  35. Hello my family member! I want to say that this article is amazing, nice written and come with almost all vital infos.
    I’d like to look more posts like this .

  36. What’s Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It positively helpful and it has helped me out loads.
    I’m hoping to give a contribution & help different customers like its helped me.
    Good job.

  37. The other day, while I was at work, my sister stole
    my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.
    My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to
    share it with someone!

  38. Having read this I believed it was extremely informative.
    I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this informative article together.
    I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time
    both reading and posting comments. But so what, it
    was still worthwhile!

  39. Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I’ve read stuff from.
    Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity,
    Guess I will just bookmark this site.

  40. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same

  41. Simply wish to say your article is as astonishing. The clarity for your publish is simply spectacular and that i could suppose
    you’re knowledgeable on this subject. Fine together with your permission allow me to seize your
    RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post.
    Thank you a million and please continue the
    rewarding work.

  42. This is really interesting, You are an overly skilled blogger.

    I’ve joined your feed and look ahead to looking for extra of your magnificent post.
    Additionally, I have shared your website in my social networks

  43. I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this blog.
    I really hope to see the same high-grade content by you
    later on as well. In truth, your creative writing
    abilities has motivated me to get my own website now 😉

  44. Hello! I’ve been reading your website for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead
    and give you a shout out from Austin Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the
    great job!

  45. Howdy! This article couldn’t be written any better!
    Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept talking about this. I most certainly will forward this information to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  46. I have been surfing on-line greater than 3 hours these days, but I by no means found any attention-grabbing article like yours.
    It is pretty value enough for me. In my view, if all website owners
    and bloggers made excellent content as you probably did,
    the web will likely be a lot more useful than ever before.

  47. Hello, i feel that i saw you visited my blog so i got here to go back the
    favor?.I’m trying to find things to improve my website!I assume its good enough to use a few of your ideas!!

  48. Hi there, I discovered your website by means of Google even as looking for
    a similar matter, your web site came up, it seems to be great.
    I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hi there, simply changed into aware of your weblog thru
    Google, and located that it’s really informative.
    I am gonna watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful for those
    who continue this in future. Many other people will likely be benefited out of your writing.

  49. Hi would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but
    I’m having a difficult time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.
    P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  50. Hey there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out
    and say I truly enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you
    suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics?
    Thank you so much!

  51. First off I want to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do
    not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and
    clear your head before writing. I have had trouble clearing my thoughts
    in getting my ideas out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally
    lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or
    hints? Kudos!

  52. It’s actually a cool and helpful piece of information. I’m glad that
    you just shared this useful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this.
    Thanks for sharing.

  53. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all people you actually recognise what you’re talking approximately!
    Bookmarked. Kindly additionally talk over with my website =).
    We can have a link alternate contract among us

  54. Everything is very open with a very clear clarification of the
    challenges. It was definitely informative. Your website
    is extremely helpful. Many thanks for sharing!

  55. Great beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your
    website, how could i subscribe for a blog web site?
    The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny
    bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear idea

  56. It’s in point of fact a nice and useful piece of info.
    I’m glad that you shared this helpful information with us.

    Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  57. I am really inspired together with your writing skills and also with the format in your weblog.

    Is that this a paid theme or did you modify it your self?
    Anyway stay up the nice quality writing, it is rare to peer a nice blog like this one these days..

  58. Good post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday.
    It’s always useful to read articles from other writers and use something from other

  59. Hi, Neat post. There’s an issue together with your site in internet explorer,
    might check this? IE nonetheless is the market chief and a
    good component to people will pass over your great writing due to this problem.

  60. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto
    a colleague who has been doing a little research on this.
    And he in fact bought me dinner simply because I discovered it for him…
    lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the
    meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk about this topic
    here on your web site.

  61. Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it’s truly informative.
    I’m gonna watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if you
    continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing.

  62. Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it is truly informative.
    I’m going to watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if
    you continue this in future. Numerous people will be benefited from your writing.

  63. Disfunción Eréctil Generalizada: Ocurre cuando el hombre no puede obtener erecciones de ninguna manera ni en ninguna circunstancia. La ereccion refleja se produce normalmente de noche, en ausencia de estimulos y con la unica intervencion de la presion de la vejiga.

  64. Hola! I’ve been following your site for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a
    shout out from Huffman Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the great job!

  65. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your site provided us with valuable information to work on. You’ve done a formidable job and our whole community will be grateful
    to you.

  66. I do not know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else experiencing problems with your website.
    It seems like some of the text within your content are running off the screen. Can somebody
    else please comment and let me know if this is happening
    to them as well? This could be a problem with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen before.

  67. Thanks for your article. I would love to say that a health insurance specialist also works best for the benefit of the particular coordinators of a group insurance. The health insurance broker is given a long list of benefits needed by someone or a group coordinator. What any broker does is seek out individuals or coordinators which will best match up those wants. Then he gifts his suggestions and if both parties agree, this broker formulates a legal contract between the 2 parties.

  68. I do believe all the ideas you’ve presented on your post. They are very convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are very brief for beginners. May just you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  69. Good – I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as related information ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, web site theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Nice task..

  70. Thanks , I’ve just been looking for information about this topic for a while and yours is the best I’ve discovered till now. But, what about the conclusion? Are you positive about the source?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here