[xml][/xml]
The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
Columns : Letters to The Editor Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020 - 11:10:36 AM
Letters to The Editor Feed


Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Are you a time saver or a time waster? - Jan 12, 2020 - 10:57:46 PM

We are a planet of time-saving and time-wasting fanatics. Remember the tale about the race between the tortoise and the hare? While the arrogant hare goofed around and napped, the slow but steady tortoise crossed the finish line first.

In the days of old, consumers visited the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. They chatted, gossiped, and shared community news. Timeworn traditions turned into trends to save time as busyness bombarded us from sunrise to sunset because of progress...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: A solution to myriad 2020 Appreciation Days - Jan 6, 2020 - 8:05:07 AM

Around the globe, there are many national awareness days in any given month. Many of these bring awareness to health concerns and important issues.

However, some are official or unofficial days probably declared by the bored, irked or goofy, I assume. Some celebrations are silly, some weird, and some ridiculous. Many revolve around glorifying food. Some are bizarre, some unique, and some funny.

Here’s a solution to the problem of how to celebrate all these days. Let’s group the days together and acknowledge them on the same day of the month to save energy and sanity...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Happy Birthday Earth! - Dec 31, 2019 - 8:55:06 AM

The hanging globe we live on is another year older. “Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, Mother Earth. Happy Birthday to you.” Sing along. Earth is our home.

How old is earth? It depends on who you ask. A creationist and an evolutionist will give different answers. A scientist and a Bible scholar will give different answers.

Who named our Earth? Its name comes from the old English and Germanic words meaning ‘the ground.’ Who or what created Earth? ‘In the beginning...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: When freedom of the press is imprisoned - Dec 25, 2019 - 9:00:24 PM

Jailed journalists around the globe. How can it be?

Devious despots misusing power and preying upon humanity—withholding information because knowledge is power. Silencing the other side of the story. Fear of losing control feeds their depravity. Dictators hiding behind castle walls and armies of destruction for those who dare ask questions or criticize.

Freedom of the press is held hostage as journalists observe through prison bars. The courageous story-tellers that sacrifice personal safety for the human rights of others...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Terence Gape: "The Saga of the Grand Bahama Int'l Airport and Port Authority" - Dec 21, 2019 - 4:00:16 PM

I have been gratified by the growing realization that the Grand Bahama International Airport is an essential instrument and is centrifugal to the rehabilitation and revitalization of the Grand Bahama economy.

Without this, our Industrial Plant will wither and die and our efforts to revive the Tourism Sector will fail! It has even been said that without an International Airport, Grand Bahama will become another Andros...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
2 year plan for a stronger Freeport - Dec 8, 2019 - 6:00:04 PM

Prominent Grand Bahama Attorney Terence Gape proposes solutions to the ongoing dilemmas facing Grand Bahama Island post Dorian. At the epicenter of it all Mr. Gape says that, “Freeport has no viability if a new International Airport is not built.” 

Gape proclaims a legal and moral duty is involved and places the responsibility for rebuilding the airport firmly onto Hutchison and ‘the Port Families’ stating that he feels those entities “Should not be allowed to abdicate their responsibilities and ‘hand over’ the Airport to Government.”  Within his writing, Gape proposes assets and insurance money to be the means of  funding the airport rebuild by the two entities...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Joe Darville:Closure of shelters - Nov 29, 2019 - 10:47:32 AM

Mr. Franke Campbell Minister of Social Services is a very compassionate and caring individual. I understand clearly his desire that individuals who are still housed in shelters need to get back to their homes.  However, what is the condition of those homes?  Most of the severely damaged  homes are still infested with mold, vermin and other disease carrying agents.  Therefore, we cannot in good conscience send them back to such...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: ‘Tis the season to count our blessings for freedom of the press - Nov 25, 2019 - 2:30:20 PM

We go about our daily lives. We read newspapers in our villages, towns, and cities. We read newspapers from other countries via internet. But how often do we stop and consider press freedom? How often do we count our blessings when we peruse social media news outlets? How often do we show gratitude to journalists and people that bring us the news?

UN. May 3 was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day the UN General Assembly in 1993.

According to 2017 report from Freedom House, a U.S. based nonprofit, only 13 percent of the world’s population experiences a free press...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Disaster diet predictions - Nov 18, 2019 - 6:00:49 PM

If a certain diet worked, everybody everywhere would know about it. Food fads travel around the planet and back. Weight loss scams come and go. You lose money and motivation, but not pounds. Or if you initially lose a few pounds, you gain it back and more. Greedy companies prey on people with phony promises, bogus beliefs, false and faulty research. They recruit fanatic followers. Where’s the science, folks? The fitness industry needs to divorce the fad diet business. We have to be aware of health hype and question dieting madness.

The following funky diets are a taste of my humorous rederick. So, don’t try them at home...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Humor for holiday stress - Nov 18, 2019 - 10:00:08 AM

Instead of a frazzled freak-out around the hectic holidays, what about trying laughter. Not hysterical ‘lose your mind’ chortling or ‘milk coming out of your nose’ snickering. But, belly-laughing glee with giggles and guffaws.

Funny

A hilarious holiday tune—sing along with me. Grandma got run over by a reindeer/ Walking home from our house Christmas Eve/ You can say there’s no such thing as Santa/ But for me and grandpa we believe...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: ‘Tis the season to thank newspaper people - Nov 4, 2019 - 8:00:29 AM

Whether you read your news in the morning, afternoon, or evening; whether you read your newspapers in print or digital; whether you read national or local newspapers—take time to sprinkle a few words of kudos in an email, text, or card to the dedicated folks in front of and behind the printing presses.

Think about the many employment positions at newspaper offices. From the publisher to the delivery employee, each person needs appreciation for the teamwork it takes to publish a daily, a weekly, a monthly, print or digital newspaper. From the paper version to the online version, it takes diligence to report on events, stories, and happenings...
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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...
<< prev page    next page >>

Receive our Top Stories



Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

Latest Headlines
News
Ministry of Health advises the public on newly discovered novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The Islands of The Bahamas Lands Top Spots at The World Travel Awards
Royal Bahamas Defence Force pledges to remain vigilant: Looks forward to drone acquisition
New Sanitary Measure for Fruits and Vegetables originating in North Andros
OAS to Observe February 2 Municipal Elections in Costa Rica
Community
RBPF Nassau: Police investigates shooting incident - Traffic collision leaves an adult female dead
Colina Sponsors Two Teams in The JBLN
“Going Green Doesn’t Have To Mean Going Broke” Italian Ambassador on Climate Change Measures
CIBC FirstCaribbean investing in Bahamian Culture
Atlanta Gospel Artist Obie One B.A. delivers items to Grand Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Victims
Bahamian Politics
Leader of the Opposition on the PM and the Marijuana Commission's Preliminary Report
FNM: PLP – Partner to The Bahamas or Antagonist?
FNM: Brave Davis struggling to Downplay FNM’s Leadership
FNM: A Recovery built on trust and accountability
FNM: Minnis Leading from the Front on Post-Dorian Recovery
Bahamas Weather
Special Marine Warning - Jan. 22
Special Marine Warning for the Northwest Bahamas at 6pm
Special Marine Watch - Jan. 21th
Special Marine Watch - Jan. 8th
Bahamas Public and Marine Forecast
Sports
Colina Sponsors Two Teams in The JBLN
Dylan Wu claims 36-hole lead at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay
The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay
Justin Roberts Earns Sports Law and Business Masters
Giving back to The Ranfurly Home Children
Columns
Melissa Martin: Are you a time saver or a time waster?
Melissa Martin: A solution to myriad 2020 Appreciation Days
Melissa Martin: Happy Birthday Earth!
Melissa Martin: When freedom of the press is imprisoned
Star Wars : The Force Awakens - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
Events Calendars
New Providence Events Calendar
Grand Bahama Events Calendar
Family Islands Events Calendar
Aliv Hope Gala Ball under the patronage of Bahamas PM & Mrs. Minnis is this Saturday
Paint Fair plans 2 big events on October 11th & 13th
Entertainment
Uppercut 242 Dinner/ Concert series at Taino By The Sea Restaurant returns Saturday Jan. 25th
Kairos teams up with HUGE Bahamian Artists & announces Candle Light Vigil & Paper Lantern Release Event
3rd Annual Black Bottle Concert - Day 1 & 2 Flash Sale
344 Feature Films In contention For 2019 Best Picture Oscar®
Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announces the Julio Iglesias Scholarship
Sales & Promotions
Superbowl Party at The Manor House Grand Lucayan - Feb. 2nd
Portobellos 'Easy like Sunday Morning' Brunch
Make your Friday Night Sizzle at Portobellos
Sushi back at Grand Lucayan every Friday and Saturday
Dine at Grand Lucayan this Holiday Season
Arts & Culture
Meet Author Paul King at “From Cat Island He Came” Book Signing
CIBC FirstCaribbean investing in Bahamian Culture
FCCA Poster Competition 2019: 3rd Place Winner
The 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Marigot
Tinesha Longley speaks up and speak out about mental health
Streaming Multimedia
Free Uppercut Concert at Dive In postponed due to Matthew
A Mouth Full explores gourmet pizzas at Domino's
Bahamian filmmaker releases "Atlas Calling" as an urgent call to protect the ocean
A Mouth Full: Sweet Treats at Mortimer's Candies
A Mouth Full: Organic Living from 'Field to Fork'
Inside The Bahamas Weekly
Do you need a media consultant, publicist or event promoter?
Contact The Bahamas Weekly Team
TheBahamasWeekly.com Celebrates 11 yrs! Online Survey
Moultrie Elected 54th Speaker of the House of Assembly
Receive our "Top 70 Stories of the Week"
Navigation (Site Directions)
Finding your way around our Website
Opportunities
STEM Summer Camp returns to Nassau for 6th Year
HGTV Seeking Expat Buyers & Real Estate Agents in Nassau, Exuma, Eleuthera & Abaco
BFPA to present talk with Bahamas Film Commissioner in Grand Bahama
Movie Masters featuring Sean Robins - Feb 27th & 28th
The Investment Group zeroes in on recipients for second round of funding
The Bahamas Boasts
Shoot your film in Andros, Bahamas
IADB designates Nassau as an "Emerging Sustainable City"
Bahamas announces New Marine Protected Areas
Parallax rides a "Bahama Blue" tide to World Oceans Day
The Bahamian Flag Makes it to the Top of the World
A Taste Of The Bahamas
Bahamas seaplane pilot Paul Harding reveals a lifetime of adventures in new memoir: Sharks in the Runway
(VIDEO) Ocean Waves Nature Sounds of The Bahamas
Etiquette for The National Flag of The Bahamas
Junkanoo: Hidden Treasure of the Bahamas
Bahamas Investment Authority frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Market Place
Land for Sale: Royal Palm Bay
Grand Bahama Hurricane Resistant Warehouses for SALE
Conch Salad on Wheels is available by order on Saturdays Only!
Grand Bahama Hurricane Resistant Factories for SALE
2010 Toyota Vitz for Sale: Proceeds to the Humane Society
Focus on Fashion
Samba Sol Grows its Bahamas Collection
Meet the Bahamian descendent leading LA Fashion Week
Bahamian fashion icon Flo Miller launches book
Theodore Elyett outfits Porsha Williams for the cover of Rolling Out Magazine
Eleuthera fashion designer releases new line
Hot Links
Websites we'd like you to know about...
at a glance
New Providence Events Calendar
Quote of the Week - Words Have Weight
PayPal now accepts Bahamian based credit cards
VAT Bahamas
Free VAT Filing Workshop offered from June 13- June 15 in Grand Bahama
D.I.R Announces Operation Enhancement Measures
VAT Filing & Payment Deadline Changes
VAT: Request for Filing Extensions after Hurricane Matthew
VAT Taken Off Some Educational Fees
Health
Mental Health Advocate/Best-Selling Author Yassin Hall ‘Overjoyed’ With USVI Introducing Mental Health Legislation
PAHO issues epidemiological alert on Novel Coronavirus for the Americas
Cholera in Haiti: Gone but not forgotten
WHO launches call for submissions to first ever Health for All Film Festival
2020 marks the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife
Opinions
Opinion: Extreme events are reversing development goals
Opinion: Young people need our support - we must seize this tremendous opportunity
Opinion: Access to justice for all is not yet a reality – but there are ways forward
Opinion: The world must not sleep-walk into another debt crisis
Nicolette Bethel on Immigration
Medical Education Review Program (MERP)
DeVry Medical International to close Grand Bahama based M.E.R.P. Program
Join Our Team: MERP Staff Accountant (4 Month Term)
Grand Bahama Minister meets Medical Executives
MERP Supports the Arts in Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama landlords updated on MERP housing requirements
Ross University
DeVry Medical International Calls on Minister Darville
New MERP session underway at Ross Bahamas site
Ross University School of Medicine Expands Affiliation with Premier U.S. Teaching Hospitals
Ross University promotes Dr. George Lotocki to Director of the Medical Education Review Program
Dr. Thomas Shepherd to Retire as President of Ross University
Grand Bahama Real Estate
BeachCottage242.com - Grand Bahama Getaway
Investors eye Old Bahama Bay anticipating Skyline Announcement