Redeem Cayman from the pit

My fellow Caymanians,

Here me out. Give our Premier a break.

The Premier has a difficult job to do and I honestly believe that he is doing his best.

If you feel he is not doing his job then you have your chance to show your displeasure at the next general election. Until then we should support our democratically elected leader.

The people of West Bay do not question our Premier as he ensures that his constituents are taken care of. The other politicians can learn a lesson from this. Do your job, which is to take care of your constituents, regardless of whatever else you may or may not do.

With that said I would like to give my two-cents worth as to how we as a people, (whether you are rich, poor, born Caymanian or paper Caymanian) can assist our leaders to fix the problems that affect us all.

First off, we need to rid ourselves of the political party system. This is a system of politics that has destroyed nations around the globe by dividing the people. This needs to come to an end NOW or all our efforts to save our beloved Islands will be in vain.

Have we all not seen the rapid evolution of crime in Cayman since the inception of the party system?

Next up is the issue of crime. Needless to say, crime is totally out of control in our Island and at the current rate we will soon have the highest crime rate, per capita, in the world.

The police force has proven itself time and time again to be inadequate at stopping serious crime and they depend almost entirely on tips from the community, so I suggest that we reduce the size of the police force by at least 33 per cent and use the resources saved to post significant rewards to encourage the community to get involved in stopping crime, particularly in these difficult financial times.

I once heard that a politician reported a crime and the offender came to him because information was leaked from the police force to the offender as to who reported his wrong-doing. I have experienced the same thing, so this was not an isolated incident of the police ranks encouraging crime and endangering civilians who try to assist in stopping crime, yet they wonder why the public is so reluctant is assisting the police force, and yet the character of some of our police officers remain unquestionable.

Do not misconstrue this to mean that I think every police officer is either corrupt or incompetent; there are a few officers who I respect, simply because of how dedicated they are to serving the community and upholding the law.

But at the same time, there are far too many officers in the police force who I strongly believe joined the ranks for less than noble reasons. These are the police officers who are and continue to be the root of our crime woes.

A constantly side-stepped issue is education. Educate your people; educating the public should not stop at the public school system (which is designed to encourage failure); we need to be fully aware of the laws of our land as well our rights within our country. This would prevent Caymanians from being continuously and unlawfully used and abused in their own country.

In addition, I do not believe that any individual should be awarded a diploma if they are still illiterate after 12 years of schooling. This does not encourage our youth to work for success; it teaches that they can still achieve the same rewards as those who work hard to achieve success when they themselves do nothing to deserve a high school diploma. This system of mis-education will only graduate more thieves and murderers than productive citizens. We need educational reform more than we need new buildings and it would cost a lot less. One example of our failed education system is a misspelling on an official document (CI Drivers Licence) which has gone unnoticed by the department staff for years. No wonder some security personnel think it is a fake drivers licence when I travel overseas.

The last topic I would like to shine a light on is fair pay for work done. I saw an advert in the 15 June, 2011, edition of the newspaper where an established Caymanian owned company was seeking to employ someone. They required a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with five years experience and the salary was $5 per hour.

How is this justified when a person could work their whole lives at $5 per hour and still not earn as much as they spent on college costs? Such companies should have their licence revoked and be charged with treason against this country.

Nonetheless, if a minimum wage cannot be agreed upon by our elected officials, then at least scale the minimum salaries according to education levels, then perhaps gaining post-secondary education will be more rational and rewarding.

This is only fair as work permit fees are more expensive depending on your level of education.

Perhaps work permit costs should be gauged according to the salary received instead of the positions being filled, as it is not justifiable to charge more for an accountant’s permit fees when some of them are being paid less than some domestic helpers.

Though I expect these words to fall on deaf ears, I will say my part nonetheless, I can only hope that I am not the only Caymanian who wants to see this country and its people redeemed from the pit into which we have fallen.

MC Christian