Hurricane Ivan came and caused devastation throughout our islands and our lives, but the Lord allowed this to happen so that each of us could define who and what we are.
Our nation is threatened, not by terrorists (we pray), but by immorality and violence. We, as parents, need to look at our contribution to the decline in our society.
So many parents are struggling to provide a better life for their children and forgetting that what our children need most is our time.
Parents can ground their children in faith so they have the strength to say no, but that does not always keep them safe.
The best way to protect them is to know where they are and who they are with at all times. Here is where the Government can help, by implementing more programmes after school.
But a caution parents, teachers can only do so much.
We also need to look at the enormous increase in crime and how to deal with it.
First, we have to acknowledge what is causing it. I understand that, immediately following Ivan, we needed to bring in outside workers to help rebuild our Island.
However, this was dealt with in a devastating manner. There was and still is an influx of temporary work permits issued, which we are now paying the price for.
We have never had so many break-ins, assaults and robberies since Ivan. And they are getting more frequent and violent.
We need to deal with each case harshly. Impose strict monetary fines and longer jail sentences.
If non-Caymanians, they should be deported.
No one wants to point fingers, but unquestionably, the vast majority of the crime is committed by non-Caymanians. We can no longer worry about what people are going to say if we deal with offenders harshly and if we speak the truth. The truth needs to be heard and dealt with, for our children’s sake.
They deserve a peaceful Cayman.
We owe it to ourselves and our children to claim back our Islands.
We can have it where Caymanians and non-Caymanians live in peace together, which we did before.
The last thing we want is for the honest, hardworking and devoted expatriates to leave because of the violence.
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