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Columns : Letters to The Editor
Essy Bootle: Time to privatize government assets - Nov 19, 2018 - 11:14:09 PM

I agreed with the PLP when they opposed the sale of majority shares in BTC to a private company. Now, several years on, I must say that my position has completely reversed. We now have two telecoms companies and while I am happy to say that I do not use BTC, I understand that their service and standards have improved exponentially through competition.

And what was the anxiety really all about? What did we really lose – revenue? Hardly, the old BTC was bleeding money just like the rest of the public ‘assets’ that Bahamians...
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Essy Bootle: Millions being lost by government - Nov 7, 2018 - 10:45:07 AM

Dear Editor,

Our failure to capitalize on our own airspace is losing us millions of dollars each year. Most Bahamians may be unaware, but every aircraft that flies within our national boundaries pays a fee, a kind of tax if you will, for right of passage through our territory. The problem is, currently those fees, which can number in the many thousands of dollars per flight, get paid to the United States authorities!

It cannot make sense for a free and independent country to allow another nation to control its airspace, terrestrial land or sovereign waters...
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Sharon Turner: Boasting about taking more from us in taxes - Oct 30, 2018 - 12:51:28 PM

Dear Editor,

The issue on the ground is ultimately this: the government is taking more of the people’s money, but doing less for the people in a tangible way with the extra money it is taking. That is what more revenue versus less expenditure ultimately amounts to in real terms. So yes, you have a figure for first quarter (and it is only first quarter), but all governments must ask themselves “how is life changing on the ground for everyday people in their everyday lives?”

Yes you are collecting more in VAT, but all that means is our bills have increased and we have less of our own money to spend. Yes you are choosing not to spend money on certain things...
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Stacey Moultrie: Lighthouse Point proposed development by Disney Cruise Line - Oct 16, 2018 - 11:20:12 AM

Dear Sir or Madam,

One of the reasons I am a marine biologist and environmental planner is because of the many hours I spent on the Bay in Savannah Sound, Eleuthera whenever I visited my grandmother, Lillian Culmer. I spent many summer breaks and holidays in Eleuthera. I consider it my second home. There are few places on this planet that are as beautiful with so many pristine areas...
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Essy Bootle: Hands off Nassau Harbour! - Oct 15, 2018 - 9:56:45 AM

Dear Editor

I read with horror the news that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has a bid before Government to redevelop Nassau Harbour. It seems that under Prime Minister Minnis, we risk being completely taken over by the gaudy, tacky theme park nightmare that is cruise ship tourism.

Lighthouse Point for Disney, a new port for Carnival Cruises in Grand Bahama, and now this? If he is not careful, Dr. Minnis’ legacy will be transforming the Bahamas into the republic of neon lights, silly games and plastic water-slides...
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Brilliant Bahamian authors with brilliant books - Oct 15, 2018 - 9:51:20 AM

These are the brilliant Bahamian authors with brilliant books:

Nicollette Bethel, Marion Bethel, Christian Campbell, Emile Hunt, Sonia Farmer, Ernestia M. Fraser, Helen Klonaris, Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming, Patricia Glinton Meicholas, Gilbert Morris, Angelique Nixon, Patrick Rahming, Keith Russell, Obediah Michael Smith, Ian Gregory Strachan and Telcine Turner-Rolle. [The length of this list quadruples were I to include the authors I love and admire of the wider Caribbean - among them, Derek Walcott and V.S. Naipaul, Nobel Laureates who, fortunately, are established and are well known worldwide already...
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Pamela Burnside: Da new beginning dun end - Oct 13, 2018 - 7:08:22 PM

As I prepared to write this letter I serendipitously clicked on one that was written in May 2017 which expressed the sense of optimism and anticipation I felt for the new beginning following the election that, sad to say, has been short lived. That 2017 positive energy is draining away - I am so fed up of being fed up when one gubment tends to be as disappointing as the last!

I have asked myself why this is so, and reckon it is due to several reasons, the main being that we continue to use the same formula of relying solely on foreign direct investment – a form of beholden servitude – and expecting a new result. It won’t happen – we are still stuck in the rut of same story, different day!
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28,000+ Signatures for preservation of Lighthouse Point - Sep 23, 2018 - 3:47:36 PM

28,000+ Signatures Cry Out for Preservation of Lighthouse Point, Asking to Give Island Jewel Away is Like Asking Me to Hand Over a Child

I am a man and I cry. There, I have said it.

I cry for the inhumanity of human against human. I cry for all the parts and parcels of The Bahamas that Bahamians do not have access to.

Please, please do not make Lighthouse Point one of them.

Every time I learn of a little piece of this beautiful archipelago that is being developed without kind and gentle care for its future, I am torn between wanting to scream and shedding another tear.  Like others who support Save The Bays, I am not anti...
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Pamela Burnside: Are we ready to ‘be who we is’? - Sep 2, 2018 - 12:13:35 AM

As I sit here at the beginning of a new month and reflect on the newspaper articles of the past several weeks, I can but shake my head in frustration and ‘bogglement’ as our country appears to be settling into the same ol, same ol formula of leading us nowhere fast!

A dearth of inactivity is descending upon the new government, blanketing the promise of change and hope that accompanied them on their arrival into office.  It appears sadly that this government is on its way to also turning into a ‘gubment’ - thus leading me to take pen to paper once again to try, and try hard, to ask them to please ‘see what dey lookin’ at’. We have answers to some of these challenges staring us right in the...
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Kirkland H. Bodie: Show us the money - Jul 25, 2018 - 1:48:11 PM

Hello again my Bahamian citizens, another year has gone by, and it baffles me that there is still not one word being said in any quarters about our thirty million, plus, dollars ($30,000,000+) that was spent, wasted or pocketed on the so-called Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.  

I am still waiting on the forensic report to be tabled in the House Of Assembly concerning their fiasco of a ‘carnival’ for the past three years of 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Firstly, let me break this down, most of us broke Bahamians cannot fathom what a million dollars is, so let’s make this as simple as possible...
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Pam Burnside shocked by appointment of new Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture - Jul 15, 2018 - 6:01:17 PM

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The Power of Art - I was totally shocked by the recent appointment of the new Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture! Having smiled with relief when Minister Pintard was appointed, confident that his Ministry would benefit from his firsthand knowledge and appreciation for art and culture, I must now disappointedly admit that the machination of ‘politricks’ leave me speechless!

I have no knowledge whatsoever about the newly appointed Minister’s cultural or artistic attributes and can but live in hope for a positive future in this regard, but having read comments stating that a Minister need not be proficient in any particular area in order to perform effectively at his or her job, I beg to differ. This country has been saddled with a litany of Cabinet Ministers with mostly legal backgrounds for the past several decades who have exhibited little to no knowledge of, nor appreciation...
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Pam Burnside: What's in a name? - May 3, 2018 - 7:34:26 PM

I would like to say a sincere ‘thank you’ to whomsoever made the decision to remove the revered name of “Junkanoo” from the middle of “Bahamas Carnival”. Now our proud centuries-old tradition is back in its rightful place!

Secondly, and in the same vein, I would like to strongly entreat the Bahamian public (particularly politicians and the media) to treat our proud nomenclature of “Over-the-Hill” with the deep respect it deserves and not besmirch this rich heritage by referring to it as the ‘inner city”...
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Who Moved My Corned Beef? Thoughts on the new National Breadbasket - Apr 13, 2018 - 6:52:29 AM

The only constant thing in life is change, and the time for changes to our approach for improving our nation’s nutrition status is now! Last week, in the good company of numerous community members, civil society partners and other public health stake holders, I attended The Ministry of Health’s Town Hall Meeting at the Theodore Grant (TG) Glover School. The setting for the meeting ushered in a sense of pride, not only because the evening’s backdrop paid homage to a formidable educator, but also because it was carried out in a space where our most impressionable citizens are being academically nourished for their roles in the future Bahamian landscape...
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Sharon Turner on the Oban deal - Mar 11, 2018 - 7:34:06 PM

Editor,

That the government lacks effective public relations is without question. But over the last nine months and most recently with the now infamous Oban deal, the vice grip choking the collective hope and blocking the tide of promised good governance and critically needed national reform is not the absence of public relations, but the absence of public respect.

When a Heads of Agreement is signed, it is not a deal between the FNM and a developer or the PLP and a developer. That Heads of Agreement is a legally binding agreement between the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and a developer. This means all of us, you and I, are bound to that developer...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pam Burnside: S.O.S. - Save Our (City's) Soul - Jan 30, 2018 - 11:04:38 AM

Dear Editor,

S.O.S. - SAVE OUR (CITY’S) SOUL

In the late 1900s my late husband, architect and Bahamian advocate Jackson Burnside III, wrote a newspaper article under this same title, bemoaning the burgeoning loss of pride and appreciation for our country’s soul – i.e. our unique, rich Bahamian Art, Culture and Heritage.  Although he is no longer physically with us, I will intersperse this letter with several of his quotations, which are still so very relevant today...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Cedric Moss: More Carnival Duplicity - Jan 8, 2018 - 4:02:13 PM

Dear Editor,

Recently, Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture Michael Pintard made a further statement on the government’s involvement with carnival. I found it contradictory, duplicitous, and confusing. Still, in the January 2, 2018 issue of the Tribune, Minister Pintard said, “There is no contradiction in our position and certainly no duplicity. We, as a government, are out. This is now a private venture that will be guided by the government through an amended commission. But for all intents and purposes, all avenues are open.” Huh? If carnival is truly now a private event...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Sharon Turner: I’m Grand Bahamian & I support assisting Dominica’s storm victims - Oct 1, 2017 - 1:29:37 PM

Dear Editor,

Personally, I have no problem with us assisting the children of Dominica. I do not believe that providing help to those in need will suddenly make us destitute or less able to be helped, and I live in Grand Bahama where things have been tough for years. Were it not for foreign aid, from the United States in the North to Jamaica in the South, our island would have suffered even more pain than it did during Frances and would still be in darkness after Hurricane Matthew last year. When we saw those foreign guys on those poles fixing our light, we didn't block them at the border or tell them get out of our country because you are not Bahamian. We didn't block our borders in West End to foreign groups who came in bringing relief supplies. Their countries have major problems too...
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Joseph Darville: Once again the Serpent’s Head Must Be Severed! - Sep 2, 2017 - 1:08:55 PM

The regurgitation or the “Spy Bill” sends shudders up my spine. Mind you, personally, I have absolutely nothing to hide. Actually, under the previous administration, I was very sure my phone was tapped and my emails hacked. But obviously, they found nothing untoward there to come at me for. To add to my contempt for what they were illegally doing, I even chided them with a few tasty words whenever I became aware of the interception.

 

What boils my insides is the fact that with all the hope and expectations we had and hoped for with the new administration, we seem to be going down the same road of dictatorial and despotic rule. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am quite aware of and in...
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Kirkland Bodie seeks accountability for 'failed' Junkanoo Carnival - Aug 15, 2017 - 2:28:04 PM

For several years now, but to no avail, I have been requesting that the former government have a forensic audit done on the failed Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (aka somebody else’s culture), and now I am calling on the Minnis administration to have a forensic report done on behalf of the Bahamian people and the cultural community.
 
I am so ashamed and disappointed in the former Prime Minister Perry Christie, the former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and the former Minister Of Youth Sports and Culture Danny Johnson.  Johnson who these days is trying to reinvent and distance himmself from the gang of garbage men he hung out with for the past five years...
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Oswald T. Brown: Sir Geoffrey Johnstone was a great Bahamian - Aug 14, 2017 - 12:04:13 PM

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As a young reporter with The Tribune, I got to know Sir Geoffrey Johnstone very well and as someone who became a Black Power Advocate in the 1960s because of the oppressive racist policies of the United Bahamian Party (UBP), of which he was a member, he was not one of those that I considered to be a racist. In fact, in my opinion he was an extremely decent human being.

I did not reach this conclusion by happenstance, but rather by interaction with him in various settings, including a one “in-your-face” confrontation when I indeed did call him a “racist SOB.” Johnstone and Pierre Dupuch were the UBP candidates for the Far East constituency, which included Fox Hill, in the 1962 general election, and the PLP candidates for that area were Arthur Hanna and Arthur Foulkes, my journalistic...
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