The blow up over the illegal importation of explosives
seemingly ended in court Tuesday with Midland Acres being fined $1,300 and
having to forfeit a portion of the materials it imported without the necessary
If this punishment seems anti-climactic for a crime that
made out by some to be one step removed from a terrorist attack, we believe
it’s because the story was overblown.
Yes, Midland Acres’s managing director pleaded guilty to
importing a large shipment of explosive materials without the proper permit.
However, the magistrate for the case accepted that the explosives were being
imported for a legitimate, commercial use, that the defendant was contrite, and
that, with the exception of not having the proper permits, no other laws were
broken by the importation of the explosives.
More importantly, while the magistrate made it clear that
explosives are inherently dangerous and therefore there must be strict
adherence to the Explosives Law, he found there was no risk to public safety in
this particular instance.
So it goes in Cayman these days. Mountains are made out of
molehills when it comes to seemingly countless us-versus-them issues while some
of Cayman’s critical social problems – like the fact there are shockingly many
school children who don’t have basic school supplies or enough to eat – get
Certainly the media plays a role in what local issues people
react to and how they react. Each media outlet ultimately has to choose which
stories it covers, the news angle it takes for those stories and the prominence
of placement in its publications or website.
Here at Cayman Free Press, we understand the importance of
weighting the news in a responsible manner and not to match a particular
political or ideological bias.
By offering a fair and balanced approach to the news, we
hope that people stay informed about all the important issues and not just the
ones that divide.