Wrecks outweigh the rollover policy

I am not sure if this letter will see the light of day (will be printed) but still I would like to add my penny’s worth of thoughts, if I may, regarding all these road accidents and deaths.

At the rate young Caymanians are dying, who needs the rollover policy?

It has been said ad infinitum that the policy was put in place to preserve or reserve, whatever, the jobs for Caymanians.

What jobs? Housekeeping? Caregiving? Gardening? Anybody, any employer – especially – ever heard of Caymanians, Caymanian Status holders, permanent residents, applying for these jobs? Hello? It’s going, going, gone to the next expatriate work permit holder, imported labour, because no local (read that as native) is ready and willing to apply for such menial and low paying jobs.

I listened one time to a lady caller who joined Ms Sandra Catron’s Straight Talk show griping about non-Caymanians coming to work here in Cayman and in three months time was seen driving a nice car, and here she was hitching a ride, or riding a bus to work because she has this mortgage to pay, etc. Eh? And it’s my fault now?

Now here’s another twist: If young Caymanians keep dying at the rate they’re going, the government has to scrap the roll-over policy because there’s no one to care for their old people in say, 15-20 years.

And they have to add more to the social welfare budget to provide for the needs of these old people because their children died young.

I am a mother, too, and as a mother, my heart bleeds for the parents of these teens.

But as one of the newspaper articles stated, it is not a police matter. It is a parenting matter – for why are these teens on the road at an unholy hour racing with powerful machines which are undoubtedly not under their control?

As I understand it, Bermudans had it right. Their term-limit of six-years started in 2001 and everybody affected had six years to prepare for their eventual exit of Bermuda.

In Cayman, some of my friends only had two weeks notice because they already were in their seventh year when the Immigration Law came into effect.

Bermuda’s reason for this is that they have to curb or lessen their population. Maybe what they should do instead is to provide cars to their teens, too.

Rachel Dequito Gepolla

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