We at the Caymanian Compass realise our newspapers have been chock-full of glum news lately; school construction projects shut down, crime rising, legislative uncertainty about taxes, the finance industry in flux, tourism numbers falling, and unemployment rising.
More often than not, what seems to grab the front page headlines is bad news. John Ronald Reuel Tolkein probably said it best when it he noted that stories about good things are quickly told while things that are gruesome, appalling, or just plain bad make for good story-telling, or take some time to tell in any case.
There has been substantial good news in our paper over the past few weeks, and we would be remiss if we didn’t remind people that there any number of positive things happening in the Cayman Islands.
For example, 30 November has come and gone and we officially breezed through one of the mildest hurricane seasons in recent memory.
Tuesday’s front page carried a terrific story about young Caymanians getting involved in the tourism industry.
Last week we noted that Cayman’s education reform plan is going ahead, a good story no matter what side of the political aisle you are on.
Last month, Cayman released its first batch of sea turtles into the wild in two years, and recorded the first successful birth of a bottle-nose dolphin as well.
There are a lot more good things happening here every day and we report on as many of them as we can find.
So if you’ve got good news for us, send it in! We know the country is going through a tough time both economically and socially right now, but that’s no reason everything should be doom and gloom.
The Cayman Islands remain one of the safest, most beautiful, and most desirable places in the world to live. When things get tough, particularly around the holiday season, we shouldn’t forget the many things that are good in our home.