Joe Darville: Open Letter to The Prime Minister of The Bahamas
- Apr 2, 2021 - 8:07:43 PM
Dear Mr. Prime Minister, The Most Honorable Hubert A. Minnis:
listened with bated breath recently while you were on a trip to Ragged
Island, where you were asked by a reporter to state your opinion on oil
drilling in our archipelagic waters. Your response was one of great
admiration for me and anyone whose desire is to pass these pristine and
national waters on to future generations totally unspoiled. There was
absolutely no equivocation in your words...
Joseph Darville: A sad comment on gender equality in the Bahamas
- Mar 2, 2021 - 7:50:34 AM
With this week’s resignation of Leniesha Rolle, the country now faces a
dire situation in which not one single member of the Cabinet of the
Bahamas is a woman.
In the 21st Century, this should be
unthinkable. This is a sad comment upon, but – we are forced to admit –
also a fair reflection of, the truly shameful state of gender rights in
Pamela Burnside: Domes, Doom and The FOI
- Jan 15, 2021 - 7:06:07 PM
I can’t believe I am at the computer again shaking my head at more mind ‘bogglement’ taking place!
there was a spirited whatsapp video flying around the country
concerning the many sitting trailers of exposed wood going to rot, along
with mattresses and sheet rock lying open to the elements in Abaco...
Pamela Burnside: Improve the civil service
- Jan 5, 2021 - 10:37:25 PM
IMPROVE THE CIVIL SERVICE
The more things change, the more, unfortunately, they remain the same!
my facebook feed sent me my Letter to the Editor memory from January
3, 2018 on the Commercial Enterprises Bill, 2017...
Presentation: Rights of Women and Children: Human Rights Day 2020
- Dec 18, 2020 - 3:47:02 PM
How long the abuse of women and children has existed on the planet;
hundred years, five, thousand…always been there. In society knowing it
was here, suddenly it becomes more transparent; those with money cannot
hide it any longer. The corruption attached to businesses, governments
and the rich hardly ever made it to the newspapers. But a transparency
is beginning to happen. We’re now seeing things that one never imagined
could happen. Compassion is finding a home in the hearts of many...
Essy Bootle: The Wisdom of Potter
- Dec 2, 2020 - 12:25:31 PM
Thank you for allowing me to respond to the
breathtaking wisdom of Bahamas Petroleum Company CEO Simon Potter, who
has once again demonstrated that knows what is best for Bahamians, far
better than we ever could.
Speaking on behalf of the “silent
majority” of Bahamians who secretly support BPC’s gamble...
Work slows, no clear plan for Temp. Hurricane Debris Sites in Abaco
- Oct 20, 2020 - 8:38:10 PM
Since the passage of Hurricane Dorian we, the residents of Abaco have
been living life in slow motion. Even in the middle of a global pandemic
filled with economic uncertainty. Even as we ride out yet another
hurricane season with limited resources in place, Abaconians face
another real threat. Over the past three months, work at the major
hurricane dump sites in Abaco (Spring City and Treasure Cay) has come to
a crawl and almost to a complete stop...
Pamela Burnside: National Heroes Day – The good, the bad, and the ugly
- Oct 13, 2020 - 9:51:51 AM
On This National Heroes Day, as we remain locked down in our homes due
to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is an ideal time to reflect on the meaning
of this holiday that was, for so many years, avidly fought for by S.
Sebastian Campbell and his National Heroes Committee.
recent letter to the press, Campbell highlighted six points as he
respectfully advocated for more Bahamian awareness, education...
Pamela Burnside: Begin with the end in mind
- Oct 10, 2020 - 10:49:16 PM
Today’s date is 10/10/2020 – there must be some significance in those
numbers. I had several topics already prepared to write several Letters
to the Editor this weekend, but was drawn to a facebook post instead
to start the ball rolling.
Yesterday I read several online posts
and a newspaper article pertaining to Tin Ferl, a group of young...
Pamela Burnside: The Peril of the Power of One
- Sep 21, 2020 - 1:10:34 PM
I awoke this morning feeling burdened by a desire to put pen to
paper once again to continue the thoughtspenned earlier in the morning
on my facebook page which reflected a sense of malaise that seems to be
settling ominously over our beautiful country. How have we reached this
bleak point? The words in W.B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming”
Joe Darville: Ongoing investment in the education of our children..a sacred obligation
- Aug 27, 2020 - 2:21:52 PM
First of all, I would like to address the expression attributed to my
dear friend, the Honorable Minister of Education. Supposedly, he or his
government will “hunt down” those individuals who have dared to
establish unregulated educational facilities in the nation. To “hunt
down” immediately awakened in my mind the images of well armed hunters
sent forth with bows and arrows, hand guns and pistols to capture some
escaped criminals or to kill some wild and threatening beasts of prey. I
know it is not what was meant, but the images linger in my mind...
GB Small Business Community: Letter to the Prime Minister
- Aug 23, 2020 - 10:01:31 PM
As you all may have been made aware, a zoom meeting convened on
Saturday August 22 nd , 2020 to discuss the way forward for Grand
Bahama. One Hundred and Eighty Four (184) Small Business Owners and
Business Professionals signed on and attended this meeting.
obvious , is that the Grand Bahama Economy has been in a vortex for a
number of ye ars now for what seems like an eternity. The downward
spiral of this economy didn’t just begin with Hurricane Dorian in 2019
Pamela Burnside: Monetary Cooperation
- Jun 19, 2020 - 2:25:30 PM
As we fast approach July 1st and the new ‘re-opening’ phase in The
Bahamas due to COVID-19, I urge the government, their financial services
partners, as well as the Central Bank, commercial banks and other
stakeholders to get together right away to work out the glaring kinks
related to implementing a burgeoning cashless environment for this
Since last year notices have been circulating about the closures of
commercial banks, especially on the Family Islands...
GB Airport a necessity to attract investors & jobs
- May 5, 2020 - 8:53:53 AM
Prominent Grand Bahama attorney, Terence Gape continues to stress the essential need to commence work on an Airport for Grand Bahama stating, "Without the Airport started and then in place, Freeport is going to be
crossed off the map of any present Investor and/or potential Investor.
The Bahamas cannot afford to lose the income of Grand Bahama and the
sustainable economic diversification which the City can provide in the
shortest possible period.
Freeport, I submit, is still the only place in The Bahamas that can
create the Jobs and increase income the Country will need to finance
the Debt Burden to give Bahamians hope going forward..."
Pamela Burnside: Banking Woes
- Apr 30, 2020 - 5:50:30 PM
As we enter the second month of curfew and lockdown due to COVID-19, I
am led to put pen to paper once again to highlight the banking
institutions in this country that continue to hold us, their customers,
hostage by imposing onerous rules, fees and processes that discourage
and frustrate us, private and corporate customers alike, as opposed to
making 'the ease of doing business' a reality!
I implore the government to impose some stringent orders to protect us,
the people of this country, from their unfair practices that act against
our best interests...
Melissa Martin: Salute newspapers for COVID-19 coverage
- Apr 28, 2020 - 11:40:03 AM
Readers and residents, please send appreciation to local, state,
national, and international newspapers for coverage of coronavirus news.
Thank the staff for their dedication and persistence to publishing in
print and/or digital during the dark days of COVID-19 confusion. Give
kudos to journalists, reporters, and columnists for staying with the
Many news outlets temporarily dropped their paywalls to make information on the coronavirus more accessible. Thank you.
are continuing to go to work, often putting themselves at risk, to
provide a public service that is profoundly important right now...
Melissa Martin: Is it time to reopen the beaches and oceans?
- Apr 20, 2020 - 1:15:03 PM
Humans are missing beaches. No matter what country or what coastline,
people love ocean waves and sunny days. What mysteries abound in salty
waters? What induces the desire to stroll along in bare feet? What is
that inner yearning about? The magical healing power of majesty.
Nature’s playground without admission tickets. Beauty without borders.
Connection to the mind, body, spirit.
The pleasure principle is
definitely at work whilst we relax and rest under an umbrella with a
frosty beverage. Emotions are engulfed in a beach bubble as stress melts
away. Leisure for our lungs. The beach is a balm to the body. The cold
plunge into the ocean tingles the toes. And for a while, we feel
satisfied. The mind is living in the moment. Hustle and bustle are put
Melissa Martin: When the world is grieving
- Apr 13, 2020 - 4:30:03 PM
Individuals across the globe have died from COVID-19. Whether we knew
them personally or not—we may cry, feel sadness, experience loss, and
find ourselves mourning. Why? Because we are reminded of our own
experiences with loved ones who have died. These past painful emotions
can resurface during tragedies. Feelings of hopelessness and
helplessness can temporarily return. Experiencing a range of emotions
comes with being a human being. And grief is a mixture of swirling and
Fear often tags along with grief. We fear the
people we love most will die. We fear we will die. Our survival alarm
for safety blasts throughout the mind and body...
Melissa Martin: Stories R US: Write about COVID-19 on the Islands
- Apr 4, 2020 - 10:15:28 AM
The future will find us looking back on the pandemic of 2020. Articles
in newspapers will be archived. Children will grow up with school
cancelation tales. Each individual will have a similar, yet a
distinctive story about the coronavirus. The days of COVID-19 will be
transcribed in history books.
I grew up inside of books.
Escaping between the front and the back covers brought solace from
external and internal chaos. Traveling faraway, but still staying home
was possible within the pages. Each person is a story and each person
has a story. Whether fiction or nonfiction, stories R US...
Joe Darville: The state of education in our nation
- Feb 20, 2020 - 8:35:32 AM
As a life-long educator and one still in the field of environmental
education, I wish to unequivocally agree with the evaluation of
education in this country today, penned by Mr. Robert Myers of ORG.
Additionally, it must be stated clearly that the lack of discipline
throughout the system must be addressed. In many schools, teacher spend
at least one-third of their precious time disciplining non-motivated
students. Many of these children come from one-parent families, mainly
that one person being a dear mother. So, certainly, much of this lament
facing education begins right in the home...