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Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Clemency for battered women in prison - Oct 27, 2019 - 10:30:55 PM

Kill or be killed. “On the night he died, after a day of heavy drinking, Andrew Harris sexually and verbally assaulted Mia. When the abuse became physical, Mia told Andrew “No,” and told him to leave her home. Instead, he cut her. When she tried to escape, he strangled her until she passed out. Before she passed out, she was able to grab a knife and stabbed him with it. When she awoke, Andrew continued beating her, and poured hot sauce in her eyes. Mia swung the knife at Andrew to keep him away, causing 22 wounds over his body. One cut sliced Andrew’s femoral artery behind his knee causing him bleed to death.” www.ohiojpc.org...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: When adults bully adults, kids suffer - Oct 27, 2019 - 12:05:18 PM

October is National Bullying Prevention Month on some parts of the planet. “Every day thousands of young people experience bullying from their peers while at school, after school in their neighborhoods, and even when they are at home, through social media and texts,” PACER points out. Founded in 2006, PACER is a National Bullying Prevention Center. wwwpacer.org.

But, here’s my question. How do we as adults hope to prevent bullying among our youth when adults can be some of the vilest verbal word-villains?
Columns : Screen Scene
Joker - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Oct 15, 2019 - 2:30:53 PM

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A mentally-troubled aspiring stand-up comic deals with disappointment as he struggles in a fragmenting society. When a bad decision at his day job as a clown-for-hire brings about a dire chain of events, he embarks on journey of self discovery that parallels the city’s revolt along class lines. As his downward spiral consumes him, he finds his true self in a persona that will baptize him though bloody crime.

Arthur Fleck is a down on his luck mentally unstable man working at a clown-for-hire business with dreams of becoming a famous comedienne if he could overcome his current condition...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Allyson Gibson, " Why should illegal persons in The Bahamas be treated differently?" - Oct 6, 2019 - 7:30:29 PM

Dear Editor,

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:31

You and I enjoy democracy and everything that goes with it because there were women like Georgiana K. Symonette (my Grandmother), Mary Ingraham, Bertha Isaacs, Eugenia Lockhart and hundreds of others who sacrificed so that the equality and dignity of women and black men, would be recognized by their enfranchisement. I remember bursting with pride and thinking, “I want to be like her”, the day I witnessed my Grandmother stand up to the campaign general of the most powerful man in the country – Stafford Sands...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Escape to Canada's Pacific Coast Rainforest to discover Tofino’s finest tables - Oct 6, 2019 - 6:39:38 PM

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With its extensive network of hiking trails through stunning old growth forest, Tofino is one of the greatest wilderness vacation spots in British Columbia, Canada. But there’s more to this gem of a coastal retreat than outdoor adventures. Aside from its wild and adrenaline-fueled surfing excursions and intimate lover’s strolls along deserted white sand beaches, you can now add exceptional dining and outstanding lodgings to your list of reasons to visit Tofino. For those desiring a more luxurious experience after a day exploring this vast outdoor playground, Tofino is coming into its own.

For my last travel assignment to Tofino, I visited in fall to write about storm watch season for a women’s magazine, but for this late spring visit we arrived to sunny skies...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pamela Burnside: Power to the People NOW - Aug 17, 2019 - 10:36:50 AM

Electrical power is a necessity and a priority! Any modern country in the 21st century cannot run effectively and efficiently without it – period!

This electricity crisis has been decades in the making, because basic planning and commonsense is not being utilized by the ‘powers that be’ with regards to development and nobody is seeing the big picture and nobody is paying attention to the small details...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pamela Burnside: The greater good - Aug 2, 2019 - 7:45:35 PM

Navigating through life can be a very simple process, but we human beings, although positioned at the top of the evolution chain, are amazingly dumb animals when you think about it, especially if we haven’t been properly prepared and sufficiently anchored to a firm foundation.

Three simple words – i.e. “the greater good” that can be extracted from the firm...
Columns : Screen Scene
Veronica Mars - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Aug 1, 2019 - 8:30:00 AM

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A former teenage sleuth is pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind when a message from an ex-lover causes her to return to her home town. While there she reacquaints herself with family & friends but old habits die hard when things don't seem right and she finds herself in the midst of a mystery needing to be solved.

Veronica Mars is a law student on the verge of getting a job at a high-end New York law firm but a call from her past boyfriend brings her to her old stomping grounds of Neptune to use her background in investigation to help him find the right attorney for his case...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Listen on World Listening Day - Jul 14, 2019 - 11:45:00 AM

Shhh…do you hear that? Close your mouth and eyes. Open your ears and pay attention. It’s the sound of World Listening Day approaching; an annual global event held every July 18. www.worldlisteningproject.org.

The 2019 theme is “Listening With” created by internationally acclaimed sound artist Annea Lockwood. “Listening with an awareness that all around you are other life-forms simultaneously listening and sensing with you – plant roots, owls, cicadas, voles – mutually intertwined within the web of vibrations which animate and surround our planet.”

The World Listening Project (WLP) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to understanding the world...
Columns : Screen Scene
Stranger Things (Season 3) - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jul 11, 2019 - 2:40:20 PM

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During the Summer in a small town that has dealt with intrusions from other dimensions, the opening of a mall may not only lead to the closing of local businesses but could also be the harbinger of something more sinister. As a group of friends on the cusp of adulthood deal with how the blossoming of romances has begun to complicate their relationship dynamic, they are unaware of the danger looming which was thought to be cut off from them and their town...
Columns
Tri-Valley Wine Region: California Wine at a Slower Pace - Jul 10, 2019 - 10:00:57 AM

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To the delight of many of the region’s vintners and restaurateurs, Northern California’s wine country is world famous. Unfortunately, with that fame comes two-lane rural roads congested with tour bus traffic and wine tasting venues crowded with Instagram-crazed tourists scrambling to snap the perfect picture.

For those looking to escape the throngs of tourists, a more luxurious vacation experience can be had in the Tri-Valley wine region. There, you can visit historic wineries, meet the owners of family vineyards, sip boutique wines, savor stellar dining choices and indulge in designer fashion shopping...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Hip hip hooray for newspapers - Jun 25, 2019 - 11:09:58 AM

“For the times they are a-changin'” sang Bob Dylan. And the digital age has changed the way information is eaten, swallowed, and digested. We can’t stop progress, but we must maintain the salience of our newspapers (in print or digital). Why? Newspapers, whether country, state, or local serve significant roles in societies and cultures. And residents like hometown news.

“Print newspapers are suffering declining readership and revenue in most of the developed world, such as in Europe and Australia, though in general the problems are not as severe as in the United States, particularly when it comes to revenue.
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Dennis Dames: The FUSION DELUSION - Jun 25, 2019 - 8:00:04 AM

Dear Editor:

The Fusion Super-plex complex complains about BPL and its power outages impact on their business.  It's a 42 million dollars investment with no obvious thought about reliable power in the absence of BPL's power cuts.  I cannot sympathize with their plight, as I find it totally foolish and imprudent to construct a 42 million dollars entertainment complex without reliable backup power...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Make vacation memories in 2019 - Jun 1, 2019 - 6:33:26 AM

A condo or a cabin? Beach or mountain? Country or city? USA or overseas? What is your favorite vacation spot? Adventurer or homebody?

Some people choose a staycation—a vacation spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.

And some people use vacation time for home improvements—which really isn’t a vacation. The purpose of a vacation is supposed to be rest and relaxation. And fun...
Columns : Screen Scene
Avengers: Endgame - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - May 20, 2019 - 10:40:48 AM

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After the crushing defeat that wiped out half of life in the universe, the remaining band of heroic figures stand together to keep the galaxy from falling into chaos. As they work to maintain a sense of order while dealing with their own loss, a returning hero may have the answer to getting back the departed with a plan that could cost them more than they are willing to risk...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Your brain on anger - May 14, 2019 - 2:30:22 PM

Annie and Arnold scream at each other when they argue about money—anger visits every payday. When Annie’s kids don’t follow house rules, her face turns radish red, her eyes pop, she huffs and puffs until the inner volcano erupts. Arnold’s frustration boils and bubbles when he gets stuck in traffic. And he is on thin ice at work for his adult temper tantrums.

Anger is one of our most challenging emotions. But, is anger good or bad? Hmmm. Anger is neutral, neither good nor bad—it’s how we act, react, and what we do and whether we hurt others or self...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Essy Bootle: Environmentalists should take action against new Clifton power plant - May 7, 2019 - 4:30:01 PM

It's amazing how the well connected individuals in this country are able to escape criticism, no matter what they do. More than a year ago, it was announced that Shell would be building a new power plant at Clifton Pier, right on top of an already disgusting and polluted area that urgently needs to be cleaned up. Even though they were urged by concerned members of the public to first clean up the land and sea pollution from years of heavy fuel spills before giving anyone a contract to build another plant, the Minnis Administration gave the green light to Shell...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: How do you celebrate your mother? - Apr 28, 2019 - 12:06:21 PM

Sunday, May 12, 2019.  Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers. An annual occasion to revere moms.

History of Mother’s Day

After her mother died in 1905, Miss Anna Jarvis wished to memorialize her mom’s life and campaigned for a national day to honor all mothers. Her mother was an Appalachian homemaker and lifelong activist who had organized “Mother’s Work Days” to save the lives of people dying from polluted water...
Columns : Screen Scene
Shazam!- Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Apr 21, 2019 - 10:29:08 AM

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A teenage foster child is given the ability to become a superpowered adult by a dying wizard. As he revels in learning the limits of his new powers with the help of his foster brother, he must also learn what it takes to be a responsible superhero. If he is not able to live up to his heroic potential, he may lose his power to an evil that wants it for nefarious intentions.

William ‘Billy’ Batson is an orphaned boy looking for his birth mother and is given the gift to become a grown up superhero being by saying the magic word, ‘Shazam!’ Frederick ‘Freddy’ Freeman is Billy’s new foster brother...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Celebrate National Caribbean-American Heritage Month - Apr 21, 2019 - 10:16:13 AM

Start planning a party for the 2019 National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Listen to the sounds of reggae, meringue, calypso, rumba and zouk music during the merrymaking. And dance. Sip a tropical concoction and feast on seafood.

Caribbean Heritage Month commemoration was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005 to recognize the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. The resolution passed the Senate in 2006 and President George H.W. Bush issued the proclamation in 2006...

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