Anonymity is wrong

It was with delight that I returned from holiday to find a response to a previous letter of mine in the 3 January Caymanian Compass.

I was greatly saddened by two things, however. Firstly, the tone of the writer’s letter. Regardless of the content of the response, I believe that it is the right of all people to be able to express their differences of opinion, for it is only through constructive dialogue that, as a people, we are able to work out these differences and make advances on a social level.

However, it is imperative that we learn how to express our differences, right or wrong, without hurling insults and derogatory remarks at each other, for this is only counter-productive to attaining positive results.

Secondly, I was saddened to see that the writer chose to hide behind anonymity. People need to learn not to be afraid to stand and be counted.

It is precisely this fear of being recognised, the fear of retaliation that is responsible for decay in any society. Who will our leaders be if on the ballot all we see is ‘Name withheld by Request’?

May God bless us all in this New Year.

Vaughn Crofts