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Today's Date: 30 September 2014
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Michael Davis
Self-interest, 'social responsibility' and the Civil Service
Posted by Michael Davis on 9/29/2014 3:19:20 PM

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To John F, I don;t think anyone feels that the school were not a worthwhile undertaking. The problem her is that Lamborghini way it was done, spending 200 Million Dollars on one school and breaking the bank was ridiculous. For that price one could have been built in each district. I am sure that's why it was called a vanity project..
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Michael Davis
Many jobless Caymanians not registered
Posted by Michael Davis on 9/29/2014 3:04:38 PM

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like what this means is that there are only 800 or so unemployed people in Cayman that are looking for Jobs..
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Patricia Ebanks
Self-interest, 'social responsibility' and the Civil Service
Posted by Patricia Ebanks on 9/29/2014 1:48:31 PM

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While opinions expressed in editorials are the purview of the editorial board, the newspaper still has a duty to express those opinions fairly and responsibly. The hyperbolic language used in this editorial is not only unbecoming but unfair and likely misrepresents the position of Mr. Water and the Civil Service as a whole.

Naturally civil servants are concerned about how some of these changes might affect them, but that does not mean that Mr Watler or the rank and file as a whole may not accept that some changes may be necessary as to privatization, or whatever. It certainly does not mean as your editorial suggests that civil servants may not genuinely have concerns about the social responsibility of government to the needs of the people.

Witness the widely hyperbolic statements such as (The need for social responsibility) is a common charge that arises against EACH mention of functions, roles or people ... No matter how ancillary or inefficient. Or Don't believe for one minute Mr. Watler has in mind the common welfare of the Islands' populace or the future of Cayman.... Not to mention: the tune is protect government salaries and benefits AT ANY COST.... (Caps are mine).

The art of argument requires fairness in the way the opposing views are presented. A little less emotion might have served this editorial better.

After all, the ultimate objective is not necessarily to win AT ALL COST -- but to arrive at the truth.




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roger davies
Self-interest, 'social responsibility' and the Civil Service
Posted by roger davies on 9/29/2014 9:07:24 AM

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I have to agree with Twyla, when it comes to medical expenses even the teeth are fully paid for.
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John-F Levy
Self-interest, 'social responsibility' and the Civil Service
Posted by John-F Levy on 9/29/2014 8:55:47 AM

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I look at the comments of the editor as just another commenter when speculative and unfactual views are expressed. To say how Mr. Watler feel or does not feel about the welfare of these islands is speculation. To assume that the building of the schools was not a worthwhile undertaking by government either they did not have kids in the dilapidated John Gray Campus, or had them in updated private schools.

The assumption that someone should look toward Cayman being a self governing entity flies in the face of those who value our current and continued association with the United Kingdom. A guiding force who would see us use our elected officials and their offices to proactively avoid its citizens being indigent, through education and employment. And I should add; to help us avoid a hostile or non-hostile take-over by non elected..
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Joseph King
Cuba MOU may be signed by 'end of year'
Posted by Joseph King on 9/29/2014 8:24:49 AM

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Wouldn't cost anything near that if we provided them with food water and gas and let them do a few repairs before letting them keep going to where they wanted to be.
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Jim Cross
Many jobless Caymanians not registered
Posted by Jim Cross on 9/29/2014 8:23:31 AM

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if you are getting government hand out at Social services becuase of not working it should be mandetory to register. secondly the immigration board should surevy the persons applying for jobs where work permits are being renewed should also confirm registration.
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Michael Davis
Self-interest, 'social responsibility' and the Civil Service
Posted by Michael Davis on 9/29/2014 8:21:55 AM

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What's so special about them is that they are the largest voting block in Cayman and no politician want's to risk losing those votes..
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Jim Cross
Cuba MOU may be signed by 'end of year'
Posted by Jim Cross on 9/29/2014 8:20:14 AM

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agreeing with Twyla again today she certainly had a her wheeties today! This needs to happen sooner than later.
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Jim Cross
Self-interest, 'social responsibility' and the Civil Service
Posted by Jim Cross on 9/29/2014 8:17:59 AM

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This is very true and dont forget Cayman Brac, the social responsibility to keep people hired there is huge. Take the Port for instance being supported by GCM Port revenue.
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