Civil service reform: ‘Seeing is believing’

“‘Inadequate performance’ continues in civil service,” March 2

Mr. Manderson is certainly saying the right things and I am sure he will follow through.

The bigger an organization the harder it is to keep track of individuals’ performance. And, sadly, governments worldwide seem to have a problem with over staffing. This is not just a Cayman Islands problem.

I understand that in Greece it is actually illegal to fire civil servants. I also understand that young Greeks fantasize about getting a government job as it is a job for life with minimal effort required.

Norman Linton


The situation in Cayman seems more like Saudi Arabia. The government had a golden goose for a long time after creating an offshore tax haven and massive financial services industry and decided they could afford a massive civil service.

Now Cayman isn’t the only game in town and offshore financial centers are being squeezed. Eventually something has to give.

At least Saudi Arabia has a sovereign wealth fund to cushion the blow. Cayman has squat.

Cristoph Walser


Mess with a man’s paycheck, you disrupt his way of living.

I agree with Mr. Manderson taking a strong stance in this, but I do hope he realizes that a lot of the inadequate performance is trickling from the top. Do you see a river flow upstream?

Twyla Vargas


This is a start, but why has it taken 50 years to get to this point?

On a related matter, congratulations to Mr. Manderson on his efforts to have civil servants improve their fitness. In this regard he certainly leads by example.

Roger Davies


Seeing will be believing! No one holds anyone to standards here.

J. Bodden


I contend that the “inadequate performance” starts at the top and that if the performance issues at the top are not removed, then nothing will change for the better.

Mack Boland


“Cayman Airways reshuffles schedule to limit delays,” March 2

Sadly, however Mr. Whorms phrases it, this is just trying to paper over the cracks again. Whatever spin he tries to put on this, having over 1 in 10 flights running more than two hours late is unacceptable, particularly during what is normally one of the busiest and most profitable periods of the year for the airline industry.

The fact is that Cayman Airways operates an aging, uneconomic fleet of 737s that are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain, and these issues are only going to get worse. Sooner or later, the government will have to face up to the fact that this simply isn’t a viable operation. At that point they will either have to find the funding to re-equip Cayman Airways or cut their losses, downsize and use code-sharing agreements with major carriers to keep the routes to the U.S. flying.

Pretty much anywhere else in the world, the economic realities of airline operations would have kicked in years ago, and Cayman Airways would have been rationalized, downsized or shut down completely. Part of the problem is that Cayman Airways tries to be all things to all people without the necessary resources. A 737 may be fine on long routes like Boston and New York, but does it really work on the shorter flights to Jamaica, Cuba and Honduras, or could something like a 70-80 seat turboprop do the job just as well and a lot cheaper? Does Cayman Airways even need to fly into the U.S., or would it make more sense to code-share these services with the other airlines serving the same routes?

To quote Tuesday’s editorial, “Every dollar that is given to someone who does not really need it, is a dollar that could have been given to someone who does.” You could equally apply that to the millions handed over every year to Cayman Airways because at the end of the day, the only people who seem to benefit from all this public money are airline employees and all those lucky people who qualify for cut-rate prices and complimentary air travel.

David Williams


“EDITORIAL — Clink, clink; Drink, drink; Wink, wink,” Feb. 29

I know the young tourist who was viciously beaten last week and who is mentioned in this editorial on DUI. I met him two years ago while lecturing at a University in Frankfurt, Germany. After the lecture, he approached me to discuss the topic and expressed his interest in some day traveling to the Cayman Islands.

Well, he saved his money for two years and finally arrived on Grand Cayman. Then less than seven hours after he arrived, the beating occurred, his arm was broken, his holiday was spoiled and his confidence in advertising claims was destroyed.

You see, he was an easy target because he had been told repeatedly that the Cayman Islands was the safest place on Earth. He let his guard down because he had been assured that he was here to enjoy being in paradise.

So yes, DUI is a serious problem here in Cayman. But that young tourist wasn’t drunk. He was walking down West Bay Road because a taxi driver quoted him a return-trip price that was $20 more than he had paid to arrive on Seven Mile Beach, so he was hoping to catch another cab that might offer a more sensible price for his ride back to his host’s home. When the car with his assailant pulled up next to him on West Bay Road, his guard was down and his nightmare began.

DUI is an unconscionable act. But so is our nation’s vigorous marketing campaign that is leaving our foreign guests unprepared for the reality of our not-so-Cayman-Kind island.

J.D. Mosley-Matchett


“Center for special needs adults strives to meet growing demand,” March 1

Glad to see adults with special needs being served in Cayman. The way we treat our special needs citizens is the real measure of our civilization. Good job. Keep up the good work!

Herb Neely


“Cayman cruise passengers run for fun,” Feb. 24

This is a really great idea!  And it sounds like it was a complete success.

Let’s encourage a lot more of this sort of activity.  It’s great for the participants as well as  for the economy of the island.

Jimmy Gilbert