Letters to the Editor: We are all to blame

Crime
is on the rise, this is something which has been a long time coming.

Now
the blame game starts. The Compass editorial on 17 June blames parenting.

No
one wants to address the real issues such as a woefully inadequate education system,
invasive cultures from inside and outside of our region, unfair treatment of
Caymanians by foreign and domestic entities, the ‘system’ which places glass
ceilings two inches above us and at the same time tell us to reach for the
stars, knowing full well that all we will achieve is a popped head.

Yes
sir, there are many obstacles for a young Caymanians to overcome, but the most
difficult hurdle for a young Caymanian to overcome is the older Caymanians. Who
else has ignored the importance of education over the decades, who has sold out
the birthright hard fought for by our forefathers, who has implemented laws
that essentially cripple parents from being able to discipline their children
(spare the rod and spoil the child).

Who
allows our youths to suffer from hunger because they can’t find a job, (despite
the fact that they are qualified), because our government depends so heavily on
revenue from work permits?

Yet
it is our parents who are blamed.                      

Why
is it that Caymanian parents were not praised and rewarded for the centuries of
heavenly peace and harmony that was the legacy of some of the greatest people
the earth has ever known.

How
long o ye simple ones will you love simplicity.

I
would open my heart and tell you the sad and burdensome truth of what
transpires behind closed doors and has caused chaos and discord to consume our
beloved paradise, if I felt it would change the coldness of your hearts but it
will not, so I will keep my peace.

There
are so precious few who strive to help those who have fallen by the wayside. It
is as if the community has forgotten that we all play a part in the development
of our nation’s youth.

Who
is willing to lend an ear to the cries of the downtrodden; who is willing to
give a hand to assist the youths with a push-start in life. Who is willing to ensure
fair and unbiased treatment to those who bear the title of ‘Caymanian’.

My
guess is that no one will, because no one cares.  So do not be surprised when the crime
elevates to a level of horror never before imagined in these Islands.

You
can blame who you like, but we are all to blame and acknowledging the problem
is the first step toward fixing the problem.

If
the problem seems too difficult to fix, then may I suggest that we begin by
replacing our love of money with love for one another.

       

Mignon
Christian

1 COMMENT

  1. Beach Bay Tragedy

    I am deeply saddened to see that the ancient Cayman Dry Forest just off Beach Bay road has been sold off and divided into small residential lots.

    Frangipani and other rare hardwoods hundreds of years old are being hacked down with reckless abandon, taking with them indigenous orchid species, cacti and animals found nowhere else on earth.

    The home owner ideal over there seems to be to clear the lots of ALL vegetation in order to build houses that neighbors who have had the same idea can see directly into. It defies logic to not at least save at least a few of the trees on your property, I guess shade and privacy is overrated.

    There are a few exceptions where clumps of trees have been preserved by some but nowhere near enough. The developers and owners should be working with the national trust and dept of environment deciding on the best way to find a balance between conservation and the need for more residential space. Could some lots not be left alone completely so that residents and birds could still enjoy some of the beauty left or is this area destined to be another dreary, bare suburb devoid of any nature?

    This is another tragic example of Cayman selling its soul and destroying its environment for short term financial gain. Ask the Easter Islanders how it worked out for them after they chopped down every last tree on their island.

    Dylan King 06.22.10

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