Today’s Editorial August 03: Getting it right on The Pines

It’s unfortunate when columnists are given free reign without checking their facts.

It happened in the Wednesday edition of the Net News when columnist Carol Hay lambasted Government for not funding The Pines retirement home.

It’s not Government’s place to fund The Pines, which is a not-for-profit organisation that relies solely on fees from the private sector.

While we commend Ms Hay for trying to bring the needs of The Pines to the public, she created quite an uproar.

Government and The Pines have had their rough patches in the past, but through open dialogue that relationship has vastly improved.

Much of the credit goes to Minister Anthony Eden, Deanna Look Loy, Dianna Montoya and the rest of the folks at the Department of Children and Family Services.

By having frank communication with The Pines leadership, a strong new partnership has been forged for the benefit of the Pines residents and Cayman’s elderly in general.

Thanks to them all, The Pines has turned a very important corner.

Does The Pines still need help?

You bet, but it needs to come from the private sector. Government is doing what it should; paying the proper fees for the indigents it refers to The Pines.

Many groups visit The Pines to entertain or talk with the residents and regular outings are arranged for those who wish to participate.

Many of them enjoy outings to the theatre from time to time. Family members may visit at any time and residents are free to leave the premises to visit with friends or relatives any time they desire.

While the entertainment and visiting don’t cost The Pines anything, keeping the facility running does.

The project runs at a monthly deficit and relies on donations and fund-raising to hopefully cover this shortfall.

They can’t do it alone. They need our help.

Government has stepped up to the plate and fulfilled its obligation to The Pines.

Now it’s our turn.

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