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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...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Melissa Martin: The lives we live - Apr 1, 2019 - 7:15:35 AM

“Someday, you will be a lot older and you will look back and reflect upon the days of your life.” If somebody had said those words to me as an adolescent or young adult, I would have raised my eyebrows and pursed my lips. “What in this world are you talking about?” That’s what I would have replied while chasing my goals and dreams.

“Stop and smell the roses along the way. The days pass by much too quickly.” If somebody had said those words to me as an adolescent or young adult, I would have scrunched my face up. “What the heck does that mean?” That’s what I would have answered while pursuing the pleasure train...
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Melissa Martin: Reading is a human right - Mar 30, 2019 - 8:00:28 AM

Reading is a human right

Give your brain a workout—read a book. Pump up the muscle mass between your two ears. Reading is that important. And people in all countries around the globe deserve the right to learn to read.

Literacy for All

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) estimates that 175 million young people lack basic literacy skills. To address the issues, UNESCO Regional Office of Southern Africa (ROSA) is supporting programs..
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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.

I am remembering Bob Marley with my words in this column. “Bob, you are missed. But your legend of light shines on and on and on.

Nesta 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.”...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pamela Burnside: Passport Woes Part 1 - Mar 3, 2019 - 1:30:05 PM

Dear Editor,

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...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
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.

Having received 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...
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Equality Bahamas on Minister's refusal to address increase in rape - Jan 16, 2019 - 12:54:48 PM

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"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...' "
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Traveling advice for old ladies - Dec 28, 2018 - 2:10:30 PM

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“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...
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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...
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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 Grand Bahama.

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...
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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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