Please allow me space in your newspaper to voice my opinions on certain issues of concern to us.
Concerning marches and demonstrations making headlines in the Cayman Islands; yes, it does not look good, neither do murders and armed robberies. We have to ask what is causing these things and get to the root of the problem.
MLAs were elected from each district on Grand Cayman and our Sister Islands to represent the people. It is only proper and right for the MLAs to notify the people of any issues that concern us and these Islands. Then they get feedback from the people. They are not supposed to make decisions for us without our knowledge.
It is hard, I know, to tell who is a good representative, but a good representative should not be concerned with their salary or hand-outs but about the welfare and well being of Caymanians and making sure that our reefs and Islands are not being damaged or destroyed.
No more ‘investors’ should be invited here as Caymanians are not benefitting from this. Just look around and see how many Caymanians you see at each business place you visit.
It is my understanding that there are more foreigners here than natives. This should not have been allowed to happen and we have to deal with this issue immediately.
Another concern of mine is that of sending inmates at Northward to another country to serve their sentences. I think it is a very good idea. I heard a couple of people talking about an O’Bailey jail in the UK. Perhaps they could go there and it would cause the government to spend less and make the budget requirement less.
It was hard to believe that an individual would come out on TV and say that it is a bad idea, because they would not be able to see their family often. That is supposed to be one of the punishments. They should not see their family and friends; we cannot see ours that were taken from us. They should not be allowed access to telephones, TV, AC, radios, etc.; not even water or food. This should be a part of their punishment – 24-hour lockdowns, trackers, leg cuffs, etc.
A foreign hard-core prison would be a good experience for them as I had mentioned in a previous letter to the press early last year. If government can send off our mentally ill patients so they cannot see their family and friends, which would probably help them; why not the high risk inmates? They would be the minority there; murderers and would-be murderers should be among prisoners like themselves.
It would also be in the best interest of the people of these Islands. An overseas prison might be more equipped with better security. We do not need these types of individuals on our Islands.
Before ending this letter, I would like to make mention of a few other things of concern to me.
First, I want to bring the condition of the Centennial Park in the centre of town to the attention of people that do not know about it.
People go their to eat their lunches, use their lap-tops etc. amid filth. There is dung from birds sleeping in the trees and iguanas also. The tables and benches are stained with the same. Can our government or offshore companies come to the aid of these people?
All is needed is a covering under the tree or a large umbrella over the areas that people sit. It is a disgusting sight.
The tree is also a very good tree and makes a very good drink. I would like to know why we cannot reach a leaf. It is so sad. Hopefully this will be looked into in the very near future. Remember, the tourists are also seeing this.
I would also like to mention about the dark tint on vehicles. It is on the rise again. This is very dangerous and needs to be discontinued. I also notice all the litter on our streets. I had mentioned in previous letters about placing garbage drums around in our districts and we also need more bus stop shelters, especially for our school children.
Thank you very much for allowing me space in your newspaper to write about these couple of issues.