Melissa Martin: Remembering Bob Marley
- Mar 10, 2019 - 11:00:00 AM
The footprints of Bob Marley appear on the sand in Jamaica and across
the earth wherever freedom is held hostage. Likened to Martin Luther
King, Jr., Marley desired peace for his people. And for all humanity.
Music was the vehicle for his message. His passionate personality was
his vehicle for harmony in a chaotic world of violence.
remembering Bob Marley with my words in this column. “Bob, you are
missed. But your legend of light shines on and on and on.
Robert Marley was born in 1945. Being biracial, Marley was bullied as a
child, but declared, “I’m not on the white man’s side, or the black
man’s side. I’m on God’s side.”...
Pamela Burnside: Passport Woes Part 1
- Mar 3, 2019 - 1:30:05 PM
I am writing this
letter on behalf of us, the Bahamian people, in the spirit of
constructive criticism and with suggestions for improving the woeful
passport office experience. I am certainly thankful that this is but a
‘once-every-10 years’ occurrence because my recent experience was a two
day/7 hour debacle.
Preparation – I made my way to the passport
office late one afternoon last month, but was told to come back the
following day because the quota had already been met for the day...
Pamela Burnside: Congratulations are in order
- Jan 25, 2019 - 11:37:50 AM
It is with immense pleasure that I pen this letter to the Editor in
order to send congratulations to the Department of Inland Revenue in the
Ministry of Finance for ‘getting it right’ when it comes to the ease of
doing business for Business Licenses this year.
two Business License renewals, each in approximately 7 hours’
turnaround, I did not want the month to end without sending all of the
government personnel involved in the exercise the congratulations they
so readily deserve...
Equality Bahamas on Minister's refusal to address increase in rape
- Jan 16, 2019 - 12:54:48 PM
"On Tuesday, Minister of Social Services and Community Development
refused to answer questions about the increase in rape from 2017 to 2018
because, according to him, that is not his lane. It is unfortunate and
unacceptable that the minister chose to put distance between his
portfolio and the pervasive issue of rape. Rape disproportionately
affects women and girls who should be prioritized by the Department of
Gender and Family Affairs which is under the Ministry of Social Services
and Community Development.
The Ministry of Social Services and
Community Development exists to address the needs of vulnerable
populations. These are not limited to people living in poverty or the
provision of food subsidies. The Ministry is not just for 'poor people
who need food...' "
Traveling advice for old ladies
- Dec 28, 2018 - 2:10:30 PM
“As an older woman, retirement should be a wonderful time to do exciting
things with your new-found freedom. A considerable part of your life
may have involved taking care of your kids and spouse and focusing on
your career, leaving very little ‘you’ time. Finally, that time is here.
This is the next exciting chapter of your life.” That’s what the
National Council on Aging Care says.
Really? I didn’t find any information about aging body bathroom parts.
Hmmm. The following are my ideas for experiencing happy hygiene while
traveling on vacation...
Joe Darville: A Yuletide Cry For Mother Earth
- Dec 15, 2018 - 7:14:23 PM
A recent trip to Bimini, Cat Cay & Ocean Cay, by a team from Save
The Bays, has us asking more questions of this Government than we can
find answers to. Day and night, the all too familiar sound of pilings
being continuously driven into the ocean bed can be heard echoing across
Bimini as an extension to the cruise ship pier takes place. Back in
2014 Save The Bays fought the destroying “developing” resort over its
proposed pier, knowing that the island was too small to bring a 1600
person ship to such a small island as environmentalist knew too well.
The case got all the way to the Privy Council...
Residence Of Freeport Demand More Social Services Benefits
- Dec 14, 2018 - 10:12:16 AM
Good Morning, Mr. Watson, I am trying to reach you regarding the story
of the citizens of Freeport. unfortunately, we have been missing each
other I am making this attempt again to your agency as a Bahamian
citizen. regarding an important matter pertaining to social services in
On behalf of those citizens who rely on The
Families for Justice Organization to get there stories out publicly, we
have decided to turn to the Media for our Freedom of Expression rights
under the constitution of the Bahamas as Bahamians...
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.
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...
Essy Bootle: Millions being lost by government
- Nov 7, 2018 - 10:45:07 AM
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
It cannot make sense for a free and independent
country to allow another nation to control its airspace, terrestrial
land or sovereign waters...
Sharon Turner: Boasting about taking more from us in taxes
- Oct 30, 2018 - 12:51:28 PM
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?”
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...
Stacey Moultrie: Lighthouse Point proposed development by Disney Cruise Line
- Oct 16, 2018 - 11:20:12 AM
Dear Sir or Madam,
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...
Essy Bootle: Hands off Nassau Harbour!
- Oct 15, 2018 - 9:56:45 AM
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
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...
Brilliant Bahamian authors with brilliant books
- Oct 15, 2018 - 9:51:20 AM
These are the brilliant Bahamian authors with brilliant books:
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...
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!
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.
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.
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...
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!
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...
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.
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
Pam Burnside shocked by appointment of new Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture
- Jul 15, 2018 - 6:01:17 PM
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...
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
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”...
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...