50 years ago: Concerns raised over road paving plans

In the Oct. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

“A son was born to Mrs. Evy Solomon on Thursday at the hospital, the child weighed 8½ pounds.

“The taxpayers of Bodden Town are much perturbed to hear that a move is under way to resurface the roads starting from West Bay. If this is the case, the money will probably run out at Crewe Road as is customary.

“If the rumour has no truth in it, that will certainly be good news as it will show a departure from the hard and fast rules laid down by every administration since the days of Commissioner Cardinal.

“Would it not seem to be more sensible and reasonable to start the road construction from Colliers or Rum Point and work towards Crewe Road? Then all the heavy equipment could be kept moving down ahead of the new road instead of tearing up freshly laid tarmac.

“As we have already witnessed the apathy of the supervisors of these jobs once the capital city is taken care of, and as we know that these people can even impute personality to their equipment, we are certain that no good will come to us if work starts in the west.

“News has been received that Miss Chris Bodden is now happily settled at the University of Toronto. She is taking a course toward a Diploma of Education.

“Mr. Leon Hull of the Lighthouse Club is now back on the island.

“Miss Janice Watler of Bodden Town, Secretary of the Board of Education, left for Jamaica for training in stenotype at the Jamaica Civil Service Centre. We wish Miss Watler all success in her studies. She expects to be away approximately one year.”

In the Oct. 19 issue, Mr. Bodden wrote:

“I would specially feature Mr. A. James Miller. Born in the depression years of the late twenties, this young man has raised himself by his own efforts to a very comfortable level, the level where he cannot only make a living but can also help others with their problems. Miller in his youth had dreams of becoming a chemist, and has made a study of many chemicals.

“The chemicals which most interested him are the ones which can be used for the extermination and control of termites and insects which destroy the works of man.

“In an interview with Mr. Miller, he expounded on the many varieties and uses of the large stock of chemicals at his command. Miller who now operates an islandwide spray business for termites and insects is conversant with the extermination business, and will always advise on the treatment of any problem in the field.

“Mr. Miller who is a former MLA will probably seek a seat in the next election if he has not been exterminated, as he wittily put it.”