Now. Minister Bodden may have thought he was exhibiting noblesse oblige by not naming the media outlet as the Cayman Compass, or perhaps he didn’t want to give us any additional brand recognition that might, in turn, result in our selling more newspapers.
Makes no difference. We are pleased to be associated with our ongoing commentary on what is no doubt the Cayman Islands’ most-toxic environmental disgrace and perhaps our most-lethal health issue.
However, we do take issue with Mr. Bodden’s loose-lipped commentary that this newspaper, or the Chamber, have called for “an instant fix” to Mount Trashmore.
Instant fix? This dump site has been growing in height, smell and toxicity for more than 30 years! Mr. Bodden and his Bodden Town colleagues cruised into office on the pledge of “No Dump in Bodden Town” and on the assurance that they had solutions to our long-neglected solid waste disposal issues.
Foolishly, the electorate believed them.
Actually, Mr. Bodden and the PPM government did have an “instant fix” at their disposal. It was the Dart proposal (valued at $60 million) which they rejected out of hand for purely political reasons.
The PPM government, in its recent “strategic outline case,” now admits it has no money and no immediate prospects of a private sector partner. It does have a plan to spend $4 million over the next two years on “professional fees” and a time frame to resolve our solid waste management issues by 2019 — at best.
We might not have an “instant fix” (other than to try to coax the Dart group back to the table), but we do have an “instant reaction”: This lack of urgency (like the dump) stinks.