Today’s Editorial February 19: A spoonful of sugar

Seldom of late have we had so many positive comments about a news story than we did from the one about the island running low on Guinness beer last week.

Several people – including some media colleagues – remarked that people needed some relief from all the recent heavy news of murders, fatal traffic accidents, the Commission of Enquiry and the whole constitution modernisation process.

The person who brought the story to our attention later remarked that he thought it was great the Caymanian Compass ran with the story and had some fun with it.

Yes, it’s true – we had fun with this story. We believe that if a journalist ever stops enjoying their job, it’s time to get a new job or a new profession.

We also understand that despite Cayman’s high-powered financial industry, world-class tourism product and multi-cultural society, we are still a small community as well. As such, we believe our newspaper should reflect who and what we are and we don’t try to pretentiously posture ourselves differently.

Running out of Guinness is not really a ‘crisis’, nor is it really ‘appalling’. But running out of Guinness during the Rugby Nations tournament did irk some of our residents and it made for a good, light-hearted story.

Our use of hyperbole, however, seems to have been lost on those at Cayman Net News, who chastised us in a rambling editorial for not focusing on what they consider to be very important.

Although Cayman Net News proclaims the constitution modernisation process is important, it is not apparently important enough to send reporters to cover every constitutional public meeting as we have done.

Indeed, in the same newspaper that carried the story of the Great Guinness Crisis, we carried a front-page story of the constitutional review public meetings in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, which we considered important enough to send a reporter to cover.

Of course, we are not surprised Cayman Net News failed to see the humour in our Guinness story and editorial; they are, after all, the same newspaper whose idea of humour a few months back was to link Cayman Airways with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in an editorial cartoon that will most likely set the permanent Cayman Islands standard in bad taste.

We are quite cognizant of our role as the newspaper of record in the Cayman Islands, and the fact that the public trusts what they read in the Caymanian Compass is accurate, balanced and unassuming.

We hope we can be entertaining at times as well, for a community newspaper should also do some of that. To use as Mary Poppins metaphor, sometimes a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine of hard news go down.