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Letter: Facts that need to be faced

Published on Thursday, April 1, 2010 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

A really hard hitting editorial (“West Bay legislators must act boldly to rid their district of crime”) and facts stated that need to be faced up to!

Calling a spade a spade has always been frowned upon in Cayman by those whose vested positions are threatened by facing up to and admitting the unpleasant truth.

As an individual who grew up in Jamaica during the years when the situation there was developing to what it is today, I can give credence to the statements made in your editorial. No one loves the country of Jamaica more than I do, not having been born there, but one thing you will not find Jamaicans doing is being dishonest or in denial of the state of the country and how things came to be that way.

Please, I beg you, pray that that has not begun to happen in West Bay, where by direct involvement or indirect non-involvement, the elected politicians are somehow culpable for the actions of their constituents as has been the case in Jamaica.

Please continue to warn and hold them responsible, as you have done in this editorial because 'power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely' and the Cayman Islands is already so closely linked to Jamaica in location, history and blood-ties that if that line is ever crossed, there will be no salvation for the Cayman Islands.

For the time being, having British administration over the police force is crucial to getting this situation under control as some degree of independence from political control can be maintained.

The Cayman Islands must never, ever allow the local political directorate to have control or influence over the police, or things will be forever beyond repair.

Ricardo Tatum
 
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