Today’s Editorial May 11: A self-sufficient life essential

Complaining about the cost of living in the Cayman Islands is like complaining about the weather.

Everyone’s got an opinion, but no one’s doing anything about it.

But there is something you can do to bring your cost of living down.

Just as MLA Moses Kirkconnell suggests.

He has a couple of ideas that would make those of us living in Cayman more self-sufficient.

Firstly, he believes Caymanians need to learn how to do a better job of budgeting and spending money.

Secondly, he wants the Government to bring down the high cost of borrowing by way of the Cayman Islands Development Bank.

Those are both excellent suggestions and we hope his fellow Assembly members were listening and will act.

There are other things we can all do to make ourselves more self-sufficient.

Find the price of fresh fruits and vegetables too high? Grow your own garden and plant some fruit trees.

Tins of vegetables getting too pricey? Learn how to can those fruits and vegetables from your garden.

Use a clothesline instead of the dryer when doing laundry.

Ride a bicycle instead of hopping into your car.

Run a small business from your home.

Use, use and reuse as much as possible before throwing them away.

Consider a smaller home rather with a lower mortgage payment rather than a larger one.

There are many ways to become more self-sufficient; just take a lesson from our forefathers.

Grandfather would have balked at the idea of getting behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle every day to go tend his cow herd.

He walked.

Go to the store and buy cassava or plantain? Never. He grew his own provisions.

Our forefathers formed this great country with hard work, determination and good Christian values.

It’s time we take a look at what made them so successful.

Sure times were harder then and our ancestors had to do what was necessary to survive, including bartering for goods and services.

We would do well to relearn the lessons they taught us and put them to use.

Becoming more self sufficient won’t require any funding or legislation.

What it will require is that everyone takes responsibility.

It’s time to get back to the basics.

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