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25 June 2022 - At The Banks - BCCR

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The horns are not blaring, the flags are drooping a little, yet some; some of the faithful still cheer on and believe in La Sele, believe in our country and that’s good.

To believe in La Sele is to believe in us, Ticos within our hearts.

Soon, the team will be home but I encourage, pray, the sense of Tico pride will move this country forward. Not only in sports but equally and more importantly to those parameters such as corruption, lying, exaggeration of reality, lack of decision making and most of all the shortness of national pride in what we do, what we will do and what we want to do.

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Voting is one thing, acting on our beliefs or dreams are something else

“That map, ” the road must be repaired, the potable water must serve all the people, the government must stop saying “Cabron, como estas” in the gymnasium orthe most upscale Country Club and get down to business that will benefits the country.

Like a war, Costa Rica is financially broke and so far there is little if any light at the end of the tunnel with a plan, an offensive, a road to victory.

I know, as well as any that we ticos love to kick back, we love to let the world pass us and we love to pretend we are middle class because it is cheap and easy to purchase Cacique, a legal and national product type of moonshine.

The struggle, for at least ten years, to become members of the developed world has fallen on deaf ears. We have not seen any politicos give a damn.

We seem to go from a dynamic executive administration to one that is afraid of, “tomorrow”. While 56 days have passed in the Solís administration we are still met with studies after studies as we might expect more of a former academic, former president Dr. Abel Pacheco.

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In the meantime, while “transparency” seems to be victorious of the elect and those terrible stand-alone fees which do not not relieve our cost of living but in fact increase the coffers of each institution, we wait. And reality dictates that for now we are paying more but getting less.

It does not take a trained economist to say that, “We now pay more for less, in electricity, water, gasoline and duties.” Food is another 100 centavos. (I think the best businesses in CR are grocery stores and pharmacies. Well, maybe gas stations?)

As a result of a truly massive bureaucracy combined with a the fatal combination of corruption remains the “sale of the day,” we should forget and just relinquish to it all. Or, let your wallet do the speaking!

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Juan Sebastian Campos
An expat from the U.S., educator and writer in English and Spanish since 1978 with a doctorate in business administrations (DBA) from the United States and Germany. A feature writer for ABC News, Copley Press and the Tribune Group with emphasis on Central America.

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