Cool heads must prevail in CI

It has always been a pleasure to read some of the letters published by the Caymanian Compass, and other publications as well, that promote unity, a peaceful resolution of conflict and calm and thoughtful solutions to the many problems that we face today.

Many of these problems are in no way unique to the Cayman Islands and neither are they new to the Cayman Islands either, but have been ignored or ‘swept under the carpet’ until ‘the carpet’ can no longer hide them.

That is where I see the Cayman Islands today.

Knee-jerk and over-reaction solutions will not provide the necessary answers but only serve to escalate the tensions in the society; as if there were not enough of that already.

The views of two of your contributors get my 100 per cent vote of approval for meeting the call to be, ‘peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God,’

There has been no stone left unturned in discussing the human rights legislation issues in the Cayman Islands and its position as seen by the British Parliament so it should come as no surprise that the MPs were very critical of the final version of the constitution that was approved and ratified by the Caymanian public.

As on writer points out, for us as firmly entrenched heterosexual or ‘straight’ people, it is not an issue of sexual orientation but one of the respect for the rights of other human beings such as ourselves and this is the view of the British parliamentarians who still have the say over what laws do actually get approved for the Cayman Islands.

The constitution has been approved with the societal protection against the ‘homosexualising’ of Cayman Islands society and legal systems as the public wishes and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this.

What the Cayman Islands public and private voices need to be careful of now is going overboard in continuing the protests of the presence of both resident and visiting gay people.

The same constitution that has been approved can be quickly aborted by the same MPs who have raised concerns, as has been done in the Turks and Caicos for different reasons and the MPs have made it clear that the ECHR statutes over-ride any local constitutional statutes in regards to human rights for all people in the Cayman Islands.

The same situation applies to another writer’s reference to the LOGB’s statements that he refers to a ‘bashing heads’ as an answer to the problems of crime.

Another publication has been the forum of just such a suggestion by another letter writer and my response to that line of thinking.

Britain is still a peaceful country, with all the problems that the Cayman Islands are experiencing today but the law still dictates that we try to solve these problems in as peaceful a manner as possible.

If certain elements in Cayman continue to promote another approach, they might end up getting exactly what they are asking for.

Ricardo Tatum

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