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Mr. Premier, you’re wrong on stayover tourism “failure”

Dear Mr. Premier, you are so highly respected, but on this, you are wrong. It was with shock that most of us, whilst listening to the you in the Government press briefing, heard you state the words "stay-over tourism is a massive failure".

Cayman, we have a problem

In as many weeks as I can count on my hands, the global  $2.9 trillion tourism industry has ground to a halt, which means Cayman’s US$900 million income has too. This affects all of us, even the many folks who don’t work in the industry.

Cayman is being overdeveloped

I have recently returned to Grand Cayman after a 12-year absence. I write this letter as a person who in 2004 was invited back to...

Nothing positive about cruise port

We have been coming to Grand Cayman for nearly 30 years, so, yes, we have fond memories of when life was so much better...

Letter: Don’t discourage recycling habits

Currently, we are deterring people from continuing to recycle, causing the most detrimental part of our island, the dump, to expand at a rapid rate.

Letter: Managing sargassum

Too much seaweed and not enough gardens these days.

Letter: Teaching is a noble, necessary calling

All teachers make great sacrifices in their lives, time and income, all only to give.

Letter: Concerned about Batabano and public morality

Are we to complain, on the one hand, about cruise ship tourists parading through town in bikinis, while not only permitting but celebrating the level of public near-nudity and sexual simulation that is the hallmark of Batabano?

Letter: Solar farms must make money as well as electricity

The Bodden Town plant only generates about 5% of the power CUC uses. We are not doing enough.

Letter: Permanent residents and work permit fees

In effect, government is saying: “We will reluctantly let you in through the front door while Uncle Europe is looking from across the pond. But once you are inside, we will find an excuse to unceremoniously ease you out through the back door.”
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Letter: Christians are not commanded to condone sin

In encouraging people that sin is godly, we risk deceiving these people and bearing some responsibility for their ultimate fate.
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Letter: Gratuity policies are disrespectful

I would prefer to get back to the good old days when – depending upon the quality of food and service – I could leave a tip of my own choosing.

Letter: Safe travels to Brac visitors

So happy to see that their serendipitous trip following Christopher Columbus’s 1495 discovery of the Brac and the Cayman Islands ended up with their celebrating the Sabbath at Temple Beth Shalom.

Letter: On gay marriage and other issues

Caymanians do not wish for any changes in our traditions in relation to this matter. We have rights as islands and we have the right to say no.

Letter: Practise what we preach

Growing up here was a blessing. I saw this loving community shape the island into what it is today. However, this news has upset me and started to make me question those around me.

Letter: Ban single-use plastic to protect marine life

I hope that you after you read this letter you will at least consider banning single-use plastic. Please think of all of those suffering creatures and do something!

Letter: Concerned about water testing and reporting

Citizens and visitors deserve to know their beaches are safe for recreation and be notified when they are not.

Letter: Euthanise Sister Islands’ feral cats

As a former long-time cat owner (Elvis, Butthead, Ripley, Scooter, Skittles and Mako, all unwanted by their owners or strays taken in), a trip to the Little Cayman garbage dump to witness the pitiful state of the warren there breaks my heart.

Letter: Remembering the HMS Cayman

I’ve asked the Philatelic Bureau to consider issuing a postage stamp featuring our frigate. My fight is to save something of this ship.

Rowell: Cayman’s homophobia has British roots

To our British allies: please understand and be accountable for the fact that homophobia in the Caribbean has a colonial legacy.
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Dominic Dyer: Love trumps hate

It is difficult to understand why people are so strongly opposed to the granting of equal rights to their fellow country people.

Letter: Welcome CARIFTA games

People like Truman Bodden, Tony Scott and Jerry Harper, as well as many others, were instrumental in getting this sort of major event off the ground and they deserve all the plaudits they get. Let’s hope the demand for tickets soon exceeds the supply and a great time is had by all.

Letter: After same-sex marriage ruling, it is important for stories to be heard

Now, when I hear the Premier’s words of the appeal that the decision, I think it is more important than ever to have one’s story heard.

Letter: On World Autism Day, my future looks bright

There are so many people in Cayman making big strides to support our visions of greatness and inclusion and I’m eternally grateful for those who have stood by me through the ups and down.
Leonardo Raznovich speaking at a 2016 conference on LGBT issues in the Caribbean.

Letter: With same-sex marriage ruling, Cayman became a fairer society

To those that oppose this decision as a matter of principle rather than with hate, I say this: denying two people the ability to love one another, to commit to each other and to support each other throughout life, in good and in bad times, to have that love respected and protected by the country in which you were born and raised, is the cruellest of all evils.

Letter: Would a bridge over North Sound ease traffic woes?

Well, at the risk of being laughed at, scoffed at, ridiculed by many and condemned by the environmentalists among us, has anyone spared a thought to bridge the North Sound?

Letter: Visitor is grateful for help

I learned so much about your island and its people during our time together. I will never forget your kindness.

Letter: Looking forward to royal visitors

Cayman does this sort of thing rather well, and I am sure that a wonderful time will be had by all.

Letter: A rebuttal to the premier’s Chamber of Commerce address

They say the project will yield $245 million in economic benefits. An interesting figure. Where does this come from and, more importantly, who does it go to?

Letter: Miller expands on CIAA concerns

For the record, for you as editor and the public, my press release never at any time stated or implied that the CIAA should not recruit from overseas, but it did ask for a review of the recruitment plan, and that the CIAA consider replacing the terms being offered with more temporary arrangements that would prioritize training and professional development of Caymanians.

Letter: Former resident enjoys her recent visit

I cannot say I am enamoured by the number of concrete buildings and traffic jams there are now on the island, but tourism and tax planning bring jobs and everyone seemed happy!

Letter: Legislative drafters are failing government

In nearly 12 years of working in the Cayman government, I never met a single instructing official who understood what their role was in the preparation of legislation and could play it effectively.

Letter: Petitions are effective

A petition for or against a referendum about constructing a permanent cruise ship pier in George Town harbor will take years to resolve.

Letter: Ambushed by wild dogs

How many people will have to be attacked before the dogs are taken care of properly?

Letter: Advice for Cayman’s drivers

Slow down, especially when there is oncoming traffic on narrow roads like South Sound. The brake pedal is next to the accelerator.

Letter: Audits are about more than rules

My job is interesting because of the shades of gray and need for judgment and interpretation of what I find during audit, and I would be bored to tears if “the world were orderly and neat.”

Letter: Say no to 50-story buildings

Totally ridiculous, McKeeva Bush’s calling for 50-story buildings on Cayman’s beachfronts (“Speaker calls for 50-story buildings on Seven Mile Beach,” Jan. 3)! Surely Mr....

Letter: Bringing laws into force should not be left to Cabinet

To address this issue, some countries have a general rule that legislation brought to the legislative assembly must contain a date on which it is expected to come into force.

Letter – Port proposal puts cart before the horse

George Town will not be revitalized by cruise ship passengers; it would be revitalized by people living in George Town who want to be within walking distance of the offices in which they work.

2018: The year in letters

To support the free exchange of ideas about current issues of public import, the Compass publishes letters to the editor submitted by community leaders and readers with perspectives to share. Today, we republish excerpts from some of the more notable letters of 2018.

Letter: Preserving Barkers

Once one part of the area is developed, then plans will be submitted for further development and Barkers will end up like Seven Mile Beach, with miles of hotels, restaurants and shops.

Letter: Barkers is a special place for many people

Does anybody believe that tourists visit for a taste of Cayman? A little bit of rustic, Caribbean music and Caymankind? Or is that all to be totally lost?

Balancing heritage and development

The National Trust, like many environmental groups and individuals, recognizes the need for sustainable economic development, but not to the detriment of our natural heritage; this is what makes the Cayman Islands unique and is the primary reason people choose to visit.

Letter: Uzzell will be missed

He was always very approachable and seemed to go out of his way for all of those he met. Quite a character, at a time when Cayman had more than its fair share of those.

Letter: Remembering Arthur Hunter

CILPA would like to express condolences to his family, friends and those who had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Hunter.

Letter: DoA explains import rules for Christmas trees

The potential economic and environmental impacts of invasive pests are real and serious.

Letter: Trash in Bodden Town

The irony is the slogan touted some time ago, “No garbage in Bodden Town.” Now, my residents, you have it.

Letter: Cayman Christmas trees

Back in the day – 30 years ago – those of us on the Brac and Little Cayman who wanted Christmas trees (which were not imported to the Sister Islands) would hack down our own gorgeous Maypole Agave “trees” and haul them home to decorate for a Cayman Christmas!

Letter: Legalize numbers games

All progressive countries in the world have national lotteries, or some form of chance to improve one’s lot in life through scratch cards or buying numbers.

Letter: Managing downtown traffic flows

In principle, I do not oppose the building of the new cruise terminal, but having worked in George Town for nearly 40 years, I can say that the influx of a large number more cruise passengers to George Town would make the problem of getting to and leaving from work there a complete nightmare.

Letter: Seek solutions to traffic congestion

Hopefully this will not just create more interest and talk, but start some action toward finding solutions. Quality of life in Cayman should not be allowed to slip!

Hew: Liability insurance has never been required for business license

Liability insurance has never been a requirement to obtain a licence under the Trade and Business Licensing Law.

Letter: Solving traffic gridlock

This is not about politics or any one group of people, this is about our island home and the comfort we all should live in.

Letter: Cars are an eyesore

Despite promises made by previous ministers regarding the prohibition of vehicles being offered for sale along the side of our thoroughfares, the ever-growing car lot on West Bay Road, opposite Queen’s Court, is an eyesore and certainly lowers the tone of the area.

Letter: Celebrating International Literacy Day

LIFE encourages the Cayman community to focus on the foundations of literacy for skills development today so that all our citizens can share in a successful tomorrow.

Letter: Names reflect appreciation

Cayman does this sort of thing very well – naming buildings, institutions and roads after people who have made such a difference in recent times.

Letter: Give people a say in cruise berthing project

Unfortunately, the current lack of transparency by the government fuels more speculation by the day and leads to many questions ...

Letter: Reducing the high cost of living

Cayman is a world leader in some instances, while an increasing number of persons each year have to go on welfare. Why is this?

Letter: Select Vantage Inc. responds

Select Vantage Inc. (SVI) is disappointed that the Cayman Compass published its article without first seeking comment from SVI. If comment had been sought, SVI could have corrected some significant errors in the article.

Letter: Seven Mile Beach restaurants will be missed

There needs to be more than a place to throw down a beach towel.

Letter – Why Anti-Corruption Commission investigators should be armed

I write in reply to your editorial of July 30, (“Don’t answer the latest call to arms”) which asks a few questions of me.

LETTER: Choudhury investigation must run its course

Please be assured that we will provide further updates on the situation as soon as we are able to do so in a manner that upholds the fairness and integrity of the investigation.

Letter: Prioritize safety

Safety and security of visitors while in the Cayman Islands is paramount and key to the desirability of “Caymans” as a world tourist destination.

Letter: North Sound stench

I spent several months in Africa and never encountered anything like the effects of the dump we have here. Have we truly reached Third World?

Letter: MLA responds to criticism over beach disabled access comments

Following a July 10 community meeting regarding the redevelopment of Smith Barcadere at South Sound Community Centre and the ensuing comments made through various forms of media, I want to assure the people of the Cayman Islands that I have the best for my people at heart.

Letter – Celebrate values like courage and fairness

I saw Kirkland Nixon toe-to-toe with captains of industry and high-priced attorneys on fundamental principles, and on each occasion principle to him was like bedrock.

Letter: Wonderful memories of Grand Cayman

In 1971 … the Legislative Assembly Building and Law Courts were yet to appear. There was no TV or radio and we never locked our front door or took the keys out of the car.

Letter: MRCU responds to GeneWatch FOI release

New MRCU Director Jim McNelly Ph.D. says his team and Oxitec are in agreement on how, where and when to proceed with the evaluation. It will also be up to MRCU to evaluate what success will look like.

Oxitec responds to report

MRCU has rightfully carried out their due diligence with regards to the Friendly Mosquitoes solution and has always been supportive of the technology.

Letter: The values of Kirkland Nixon

Let us all thank God that we were blessed with such a special man as Mr. Nixon.
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Letter: Concerns about children and safety

I have been to see a Councilor in the Ministry of Education about several issues concerning our schoolchildren that are of great concern to me, and I believe others as well.

Letter: Welcome to Cayman’s new governor

Keep up the good work, sir.

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