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Columns : Letters to The Editor
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...
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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...
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Equality Bahamas: Act on Marital Rape Issue Now - Feb 5, 2020 - 11:00:07 AM

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Equality Bahamas draws attention to the current situation wherein The Bahamas is in contravention with the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women, Belem Do Para, and numerous other conventions with its Sexual Offenses Act which provides a definition of rape that ensures women have no legal recourse when sexually violated by their spouses. The issue has been raised numerous times including the 2009 tabling of the Marital Rape Bill by Loretta Butler-Turner and the statement by United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Dubravka Šimonović in 2017 following her country visit...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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