I went throught special forces training with the 7th SFG in Okinawa (Camp Hardy) in 1970. I had been searching for the Captain or XO of the unit since then. I found him on a website yesterday. 45 years later. Life is an Adventure and not filled with misery like so many I meet today on social media.
This site is much better than the previous ones I visited.
I especially like the warnings and point system. And the Privacy of your database is great.
So far my opinion is; free speech, fair behavior moving threads to proper locations, and quick banning of trolls.
TRANSPARENCY TO A DEGREE THAT IS FAIR.
Your work is cut out for you------But, you have the knowledge and tech skills to keep Boquete informed with this site.
The debating with hate is somewhat over now for most of us.
Some of the trouble makers from another site are here-------- They will soon learn to play with others or.................they'll figure it out.
Not everything in a blog is limited to Boquete. That's the beauty of this site. I was attacked by a few on another site for insuffcient time in Panama and not living in Boquete. Well, I travel to Boquete at least three days a week and spend money there, pay taxes here and I LIVE IN CHIRIQUI.
I'm not competing in class warfare or narcissitic behavior that I see on other sites.
Life is good and there are people on other sites that love chaos and misery.
Again, Thank You Bud.
My early morning gratitude.
Cross posted from the Dr. Sleepwell web site www.sleepwellpanama.com
This is one of a series of articles introducing Dr. Sleepwell's new approach to healthy, preventive security
Dr. Sleepwelll knows that the community wants and needs accurate accounts of crimes that are committed and he does his best with his limited resources. But just reporting on crimes is not enough.
The Doc talks about “investigating” crimes, but he is not the police and has no capability or interest in chasing criminals. It’s a necessary job and he appreciates and supports the police, but his role is not to find out who did what, but how and why they did it.
While we all agree that the police forces need to be beefed up and incarceration made a deterrent with teeth. However, no matter how many malientes are arrested, there will always be more.
Even at their most effective, police can only reduce the statistical probability of crime - no police anywhere in the world can guarantee your personal safety - you are not a statistic - you are a real person whose life can be ruined by crime - unless you act to protect yourself.
Only by understanding HOW and WHY crimes are committed do we have a real chance of preventing each one of us from becoming a victim in the future.
Over the last five years, Dr. Sleepwell has conducted what he calls “forensic investigations” of most significant crimes in and around Boquete, and some farther away. He studies every detail of how the crime was committed - which windows did they try to open - how did they ultimately get in - what did they do once inside. He has a large, and unfortunately growing, database of information about how crimes are committed - and how to prevent them.
In recent years he has used this information to help individual residents improve their security. However, the prospect of a possible crime epidemic has convinced him to open a free public clinic in order to get this information to the maximum number of people as quickly as possible and hopefully stem the epidemic before it overwhelms our communities.
When a serious crime is committed, we naturally feel sorry for the victims, as we should. Many are embarrassed by the obvious security flaws that were exploited by opportunistic criminals. However, the Doc has been most gratified that virtually every victim also understands the greater community benefit of a frank and non-judgemental (and non-personal) discussion in order to prevent others from becoming victims themselves.
The WHY of crime is really very simple - 90% of the crime against expats is economic. Just with that understanding, we can make individual lifestyle changes that in the long run reduce crime for the entire community. If everyone simply hid their valuable jewelry and put in simple intrusion alarms, the attractiveness of our community would drop in the eyes of the criminals. Many small steps add up to a healthy, secure life style in Panama.
By understanding what is stolen and how, we can take steps to choke off the economic desirability of coming to our town or indeed, to your house.
That’s the new slant on crime reporting.
copyright 2015, Mark Heyer
We went to a soccer match last night in David and watched local players. It is located behind La Brasas restaurant on the road to the airport on your left just past the prison.(big coca cola sign there). This is one of those mini soccer fields. There is seating and parking. Also, you can watch while eating in the restaurant. We enjoyed wings and patacones con camarone while watching the game. The wings were great and so were the patacones with shrimp in the center. These youngster really play hard. The girls actually hustle more!!!! This is a league with these fields scattered around the communities. One other field is located two blocks behind Lucys Deptartment Store at the Park with good seating and grilled food and drink.
It appears the security meeting was well attended yesterday. Hopefully the officials can get more support for police, vehicles and investigators. Also, maybe the representative can at least start a Bill in Panama City for change in the juvenile laws.