I refer to the letter in the Caymanian Compass newspaper of Friday, 8 July, 2011, and would like to comment on some of the points in that writer’s letter that are not accurately portrayed and are somewhat confusing.
Caymanians asking the premier of the Cayman Islands to resign for his poor management and the letter he admitted he wrote to Stan Thomas versus President Obama not resigning over his birth certificate.
I think the above is all that is necessary to state on this. However a lot of people in Cayman think that the current premier should resign over his perceived mismanagement of the country and for writing the letter, which became the subject of a police investigation. How could the writer equate this to President Obama not resigning over the question of his nationality? There really was never any doubt as to President Obama’s nationality. Neither was there any legitimate call for him to resign as president of the USA.
The writer seems to agree that there is corruption everywhere. This is a revelation that shocks me that people see corruption everywhere. I thought it was in only a few places. Sadly he seems to condone it by not wanting people to demonstrate their dislike of corruption. I would like to remind that writer that the level of corruption that exists now will only get worse if something is not done about it. We should be reminded of what takes place in other countries, where the residents left corruption to be acceptable and fester into the norm. The result was that only the criminals and those prepared to participate in crime were able to carry out business, and all in a criminal way. Do you want Cayman to go this way?
The only negative media that I honestly see are the stories concerning the premier and his projects. Not taking action to rout out thievery and criminality, not demonstrating for your right to have an open and transparent government is not giving us a good image either. The failure of the media to write about how we accept crime as a way of life is a sad reflection of our media and people have a negative image of the media. This is something that will fester and grow to intolerable levels, as we have seen in Tunisia and in Egypt. As the writer rightly said, the world is changing and so are Cayman people who are rapidly changing more so than in any other part of the world.
Dart’s past and current projects are nothing but beneficial to us. (Presumably he meant to Cayman and not to his, the writer’s friends and associates).
Well lets look at Dart projects and see how they fit into Cayman, but bare with me for asking questions and not making statements that I do not have the facts for.
Does the Dart Group develop residential apartments and office accommodations?
Who do they compete with?
Before Camana Bay came on stream, who were the major office developers?
Who were the major residential property developers?
Have the previous developers been as successful since Camana Bay and what have they developed since?
Where did the previous developers get their finance from?
Where does the Dart Group get their financing from?
Are there new tenants in the Dart Group’s offices or were the tenants in other local properties.
Are there vacant office accommodation that pre-date Camana Bay?
Are there vacant apartments that pre-date Camana Bay residences?
I believe anyone who wants to see the benefit of the Dart Group should look at the effects the Dart Group projects is having on their competition.
Dart has retail business that occupies property owned by the Dart Group. And yes they sell liquor, jewellery, T-shirts and souvenirs. Who sold these in the past? Was it not Caymanians that started the jewellery business? The T-shirts shops? Was it not Caymanians that started these mom and pop businesses?
And one last thing, we will get a new premier. So get over it.