50 years ago: ‘Politically our island is in an appalling state’

NEW Bodden-50-years-logo-final-595x420In the Sept. 28, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

“There is no secret that politically our island is in an appalling state. That some change in the near future is necessary cannot be denied by even the most faint hearted. At the last election, many a cry was heard about change of constitution and change to internal self-government. Although the cries have died out with the election campaign, there still remains an undercurrent of dissatisfaction even amongst the highest bodies in the island.

“So many issues are dealt with behind the backs of the people’s representatives, and without their knowledge or approval, that it seems like the time is now ripe for an investigation into the matter.

“If a commission of inquiry is set up, its findings will be sure to astonish the entire populace. Of course, we have seen fact-finding committees in the past, but the movements of their members have been closely circumscribed, and as a result it was always impossible to interview anyone outside the little clique …

“Congratulations are in order for the police department in taking immediate action in placing a stop sign at the junction of the Manse Road and Guard House Hill. A new speed limit sign has been put up where it can be seen. After all, why should a light on a hill be hidden from sight?

“It is regrettable that no such congratulations can go out to the road board for any improvements on the road at this particular spot …

“Miss Esther Watson, a former nurse at the hospital in Georgetown, Guyana, arrived by B.W.I.A. on Sunday, Miss Watson is a daughter of the Rev. James Watson of Agricola.

“Esther was met at the airport by her fiance, the Rev. Compton Williams of the Bodden Town Church of God. The couple will be married on Saturday Oct. 1 at 5 o’clock. The ceremony will take place at the Church of God in this district and will be followed by a reception.

“Also arriving on Sunday from Jamaica were Mrs. Lilith Watler and her daughter Darlene. Darlene is a nurse in training at the University of the West Indies hospital.

“Mr. Clifton Hunter arrived in the island on Sunday evening. He had accompanied his son George to Miami where George will be taking a course in electronics at the Lindsey Hopkins training centre.

“Miss Lillith Thompson, nurse, returned to her work in New Orleans after having an enjoyable visit with her relatives at Savannah.

“Mr. and Mrs. Astor Watler of Pedro spent 2 weeks in the island. Mr. Astor is the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Bunyan Watler, and it was a great joy for them in having their son and daughter in law.

“The Branch of the Woman’s guild here sponsored a Harvest Service on the afternoon of the 23rd. The devotional service was conducted by the Rev. Lewin Williams, and members of the Guild rendered a musical selection.

“The highlight of the occasion was the way in which the Sunday School children brought up their little harvest baskets, and then sang a harvest hymn. The freewill offering and sale of gifts amounted to 18 pounds, 3 shillings, and 7 and a half pence.”