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Bob William
Cayman's public health system in critical condition
Posted by Bob William on 5/25/2015 6:14:22 PM

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I don't think non-paying tourists are a real concern. I think the prevailing attitude among HSA debtors is "I'm entitled to free healthcare." I would venture a guess that most local HSA debtors own property. Why pay for something when there are no consequences for avoiding payment and when you believe government should take care of you?
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Andy Gray
McLean: Government neglecting East End
Posted by Andy Gray on 5/25/2015 3:35:09 PM

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Sounds like an opportunity for an old fashioned 'barn raising.
If a company can do it for $30K, they are making a profit, materials will be $3-$5K - the balance is mainly labor.
If the community needs it that much, then don't wait for government to spoon-feed them like some helpless newborn, they should roll up their sleeves - ask a few businesses like A.L. Thompsons for rebar and cement at reduced cost or even sponsorship.

All the folks who are without work would have something to do, and if Mr McLean is subsidising those guys out of his own pocket, he''d do better to compensate them for doing something for the community, couple of tressle tables and a pot luck lunch for ther workers, have it done in a week... AND the guys have a great thing to put on a CV.

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Bob William
Miller calls EY report ''a waste of money''
Posted by Bob William on 5/25/2015 1:05:26 PM

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Mr. Miller praises the largest voting block (civil servants). I''m shocked. You can almost hear his contempt for the Ernst & Young consultants. After all... he is smarter. In a room full of MBA's and PHD's, he's the true thinker. He folksy speech and anti-expat banter plays well. He is the "blood in the streets" North Side messiah and it should truly sadden those who seek growth, inclusion, accountability and progress.
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Norman Linton
Tourism development boom highlighted
Posted by Norman Linton on 5/25/2015 12:28:15 PM

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Thousands of tourists cross West Bay Road every week. How many have actually been hit by a car? In the last year one 17-year-old boy plus two people who were hit by an out of control car while on the sidewalk.
Was that young man paying attention?
Yes there should be a lower speed limit along that stretch of road and it should be enforced.
But it is a straight road and with all respect you have to be pretty careless to be hit.
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L. Bell
Tourism development boom highlighted
Posted by L. Bell on 5/25/2015 10:56:18 AM

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How tourism officials can celebrate #1 designation and be blind and deaf to the basic needs of tourists?
Pedestrians cannot at all or just barely cross West Bay Road without having to fear for their life or running across. Welcome to Grand Cayman!
Who is responsible for the lack of pedestrian safety? Why is it that we cannot have some adequate traffic enforcement and traffic calming to ensure people do not die on the streets of the "world-class" travel destination?
Is a pedestrian an inconvenience that needs to be begrudgingly dealt with, and removed as soon as possible? Pedestrians truly feel like they should not be here. Because that is how crossing West Bay Road makes them feel. It tells them, you're not worth it. Go away. You're stopping traffic.
Crossing WBR is a death defying stunt for able-bodied pedestrians. Why does it have to be this way?
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L. Bell
Tourism development boom highlighted
Posted by L. Bell on 5/25/2015 10:11:55 AM

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Not a word on improvements to traffic, pedestrian safety in the Seven Mile Beach area. Bring more tourists, but care less if they die or get injured simply trying to cross West Bay Road. As if the latest victim, a 17-year-old who ended up with a metal plate in his head doesn't exist.

Read below: THERE ARE NO CROSSWALKS!

Trip Advisor, May 21, SMB trip report."I will say, for 99% of the folks who visit, the most dangerous part would be crossing the main drag on SMB. There are no crosswalks and most drivers will slow down or stop if they see you crossing, but you need to be careful, particularly at night."
2. Re: Solo female trip report
May 18, 2015, 9:43 PM
If I could do it again, I would've rented a car for maybe a day or two just to see more of the island (did not visit Rum Point), make a trip to the grocery store and also to avoid having to crossing West Bay Road! I didn't figure out the crosswalks til the second day, and overall it felt a little scary out there. The sidewalk is narrow and the cars are just whizzing by. Everything I needed was within walking distance of my resort, however I wouldn't call Seven Mile Beach pedestrian friendly. I got used to it after day 2, but it's not exactly pleasant.
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Curtis  Kraijceck
Cayman's public health system in critical condition
Posted by Curtis Kraijceck on 5/25/2015 10:03:26 AM

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You got it wrong. What really needs to happen is the establishment of a single-payer, not-for-profit health insurance program that covers all public and private sector employees. There should also be a fee for tourists to ensure that they are covered.

This is the only way to 1) lower costs, 2) ensure that all are insured, so no "bad debt", 3) ensure that employers don't cancel insurance plans as soon as they get a work permit approved, and 4)prevent tourists from cancelling their credit card debt as soon as they have received treatment, etc.

Co-pay is just a regressive tax that affects the poor disproportionately.
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Norman Linton
Tourism development boom highlighted
Posted by Norman Linton on 5/25/2015 9:57:37 AM

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Stayover tourism is where the real money is - not cruise boat people clogging up the streets of George Town in their bikinis, who spend $20 on a Stingray City tour.

Thus, in my opinion, public money should be spent on improving access to our islands, that is the airports.

This is the first and last impression tourists get.

I avoid flying to Miami because I hate waiting in line for an hour at immigration there. We don't want our valued tourists deciding the same thing about Grand Cayman.
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Norman Linton
Cayman's public health system in critical condition
Posted by Norman Linton on 5/25/2015 9:41:52 AM

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The only way to approach this is with a bi-partisan agreement.

If both major parties agree to tackle this together it will not give a voting advantage to either party.
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Ron Clair Ebanks
Miller calls EY report ''a waste of money''
Posted by Ron Clair Ebanks on 5/25/2015 9:33:02 AM

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Come now Mr. Miller, if you disagree with the E and Y recommendations, then why don't you smart politicians sit down in the LA and amicably discuss the entities of government that could and should be a benefit to the people and the Islands. Then you will find that there's no need for expensive survey. Keep your friends and politics out off the discussion. To say that the private sector can't do it better, if it is owned outright by the private sector... yes they can.
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