Pam Burnside: The Health of a Nation
- Apr 21, 2017 - 12:36:28 AM
I read with interest today of the opening of the mini hospital in Abaco,
and say ‘congratulations’ to the government for finally getting it
opened, and hopefully, fully staffed and operational for the long haul.
However, I wish to point out that buildings by themselves do not a
healthy nation make – the people who are there to take care of the
public and perform their duties in the facility in an effective and
efficient manner are a most important factor!
As a cancer
survivor of over 30 years, a former President of the Cancer Society of
The Bahamas, and a passionate advocate for cancer care in The Bahamas,
it was most distressing to be informed in late January of this year that
cancer patients attending the PMH Oncology Clinic have expressed
concerns about the lack of care...
“Grand Bahamians are fed up with Michelle Reckley & her PLP antics”
- Mar 24, 2017 - 11:56:20 PM
Please allow me space in your daily to respond to a
letter that was published in the Tribune newspaper on Tuesday, March 21,
2017, titled “Grand Bahamians are fed up with Michelle Reckley &
her PLP antics” written by “The Whistle Blower”.
This letter, in
an attempt to defame the Progressive Liberal Party by aligning this
progressive organization with the perceived antics of one person, stated
some grave untruths, which my letter seeks to address...
Sharon Turner: Party leaders must put supporters in check now to prevent election violence
- Mar 15, 2017 - 3:49:25 PM
For the most part, Bahamians are peaceful about
their political support. But for some of us, we take our support or
desire to please a particular politician too far. Election violence is
not foreign to The Bahamas; it just has not risen to the scale we have
seen in neighboring countries. But that can change if our leaders do not
take deliberate steps now to make it clear to their supporters that
violence and intimidation of any kind will not be tolerated or rewarded.
New Providence in particular is a powder keg in some respects. Tensions
can run high, even in our everyday interactions with one another. When
you add in the kind of fervor that is stirred up during election season,
violence can become the inevitable outcome...
Ian Strachan: Voters’ Rights In Our Bahamas
- Mar 6, 2017 - 10:30:28 AM
Everyone generally agrees that we all have the right to vote. We know
that in our country that right was denied women until they cast votes
for the first time in 1962. Women’s right to vote was won through
protest. Educating the people, agitating things and animating those who
stood on the sidelines.
What if I said that today, 2017, the issue of Voters’ Rights is every bit as crucial as it was 50 years ago?
In the US the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to ensure African
Americans in the South were not denied their right as citizens to vote
for the representatives of their choice. It is still relevant in the US
today where tactics are used to minimize the participation of Blacks in
elections across that nation...
"Fiscal gyrations and attempted justifications?"
- Feb 21, 2017 - 3:36:06 PM
Financial Secretary Simon Wilson, while speaking at Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce State of the Economy 2017 event last week finally publicly
acknowledged they are implementing the Coalition for Responsible
Taxation recommendation that they needed to get the tax dodgers before
hitting the taxpayers and business community with new taxes.
they hit the business community and taxpayers up with additional taxes
first and are only now, two years later, going after the tax dodgers...
ORG Statement on Interception of Communications Bill 2017
- Feb 17, 2017 - 9:10:46 AM
The quiet tabling of the Interception of Communications Bill 2017 last
week in the House of Assembly is deeply worrying to The Organization for
Responsible Governance (ORG) and not only for its contentious content
but also for the manner in which it was introduced.
organization that values transparency and participatory governance, ORG
finds it problematic that a bill of such dire implications was
introduced so quietly to Parliament, without being made available for
viewing or consultation from the public and other stakeholders...
A Case for Spoiling the Ballot
- Feb 5, 2017 - 10:43:09 PM
Over the course of its tumultuous history, the United States of America,
which touts itself as the greatest democracy on earth, has had many
seasons of reckoning when the citizens of that great nation challenged
the political powers of the day to bring the governance of the nation
further in line with its founding democratic ideals. What does that
mean? Well, democracy means government for, of and by the people. And
America declared to the world in 1776 that “all men are created equal”
with “an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness.” In the main, the course chosen by citizens to change the
status quo was public pressure, exerted through demonstrations,
petitions, marches, boycotts, speeches, letters, essays, soliciting
international support, and court cases...
In response to Anglican Archdeacon James Palacious comments at Majority Rule celebrations
- Jan 18, 2017 - 8:59:30 PM
It was painfully disheartening to read about Jimmy Palacious’ shameful
pronouncement that black people “breed too much.” It was all too
reminiscent of Richard Lightbourne’s equally disrespectful and demeaning
comments, demonstrating a total lack of empathy and understanding of a
system of miseducation and oppression that continues to keep our
Instead of disassociating ourselves
from the social problems we see in society and casting blame on others,
often times the most vulnerable, we need to examine the systems of which
we are all apart of and advocate for fundamental change to these
Secondary debris clean up needs to happen on Grand Bahama Island
- Jan 18, 2017 - 8:17:22 PM
I am writing to express my concern regarding the amount of debris still evident all around the island.
is time for the secondary clean up. Debris needs to be removed and the
streets of Grand Bahama Island should be made clean, safe and secure
for drivers and pedestrians once again.
disturbing to see that road signs are still down, several are in good
order and just need to be erected for drivers to note the speed limits...
Bahamians Awake results of Bahamas Outlook survey
- Jan 18, 2017 - 6:53:49 PM
Bahamians Awake, a group created by a team of young and creative
Bahamians who have grown discontented with the direction of the country
administered an online survey via Facebook earlier this month. Their
current disenchantment with the leadership and direction of the country
escalated as the Baha Mar saga unfolded and the populace watched how the
government’s handling and what many perceive as bias towards the
Chinese led to the stalling of the project, redundancy of 2,000
employees and the ousting of the original developer.
The survey’s respondents consisted of a total sample size of 485 people between ages of 18-65 across The Bahamas...
An Open Letter to the Prime Minister
- Jan 16, 2017 - 9:40:23 AM
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
I am not often one to get into public
political commentary or debate but my heart is heavy. As someone who
has watched your political career over the past 40 years, and witnessing
where we are today I could not resist re-reading George Orwell’s novel
“Animal Farm”. In fact as I watch your actions and those of your most
ardent supporters the words of Mr. Orwell in another forum seems to ring
true, “Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a
dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the
revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.”
and those of your goons and cronies to Mr. Alfred Sears and his
offering for the leadership of the PLP is very off-putting and smacks of
a serious abuse of power...
Letter: Rawson Square would have detracted from the ‘We March’
- Jan 5, 2017 - 12:41:55 AM
address the following open letter to Ranard Henfield and other
organizers of the upcoming historic second installment of the ‘We March’
First of all, let me say that
I salute you, and all the patriotic Bahamians who stand with you, for
the courage and strength of spirit that you have all displayed in
marching to rescue the future of this country for the benefit of
generations of Bahamians yet to come.
Jeff Lloyd: Government Failure to Pay Reserve Teachers
- Jan 2, 2017 - 12:39:48 PM
saddens me to learn that nearly 200 educators in our country have gone
without pay for several months. Teachers form a necessary foundation in
our youth that becomes the bedrock of our society.
sacrifices of these men and women who left retirement to come back to a
profession many have devoted their entire life to, many of our young
people would be subject to impossible learning situations. How have we
repaid them? We have shouted from the tops of our lungs that they simply
do not matter. We have expressed to them that we care more about
Christmas decorations, and explicit dance parties than we do about
- Dec 10, 2016 - 2:25:28 PM
Excluding the Lord Jesus Christ, the biblical King Solomon is considered to be the wisest man who ever lived.
once faced the daunting task of determining which of two prostitutes
was the true mother of a child that both claimed to be the mother of.
Solomon was able to determine the true mother by identifying the one who had genuine concern for the welfare of the child.
Leadership – Don’t Let The Good Ones Down
- Dec 3, 2016 - 11:18:50 AM
Leadership is hard. Leadership pulls and tests and many times hurts in
ways those not in that position can never understand. Leaders are put on
unreasonable pedestals and then quickly torn down from them at the
first sign of weakness or humanity. We all have our grand opinions about
what a leader should be and do, but have no idea what being in that
position really entails. We are all experts in leadership though most of
us have never seen the calling or office, and do not want it unless we
believe it will give us power we are not fit to have. If you have a
TRULY good leader (not 'good' by our warped standards of 'what is in it
for me'), fight for him or her the way he or she fights for you. One of
the reasons we have so many bad leaders is we keep letting the good ones
down, and we let them get consumed either by our own personal issues or
by the system. The bad leaders stick around and keep getting to the top
because they are part of the system and their lust for power won't let
them let go. If we keep blocking and failing the good ones, we will only
be left and stuck with the bad ones...
Why I will NOT march
- Nov 23, 2016 - 3:59:40 PM
This week Friday,
citizens from across the country are expected to partake in
demonstrations against the government, planned for the islands of New
Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco called “Black Out.” I will not be one
Let me preface this article by expressing my unwavering
support for free speech and the freedom of assembly in The Bahamas.
They are vital pillars of our constitution and what makes our democracy
exceptional, and I applaud any Bahamian who exercises such rights. That
said, those who are in support of the government also have the right to
free speech protected by the same constitution and they equally, have a
right to speak and stand up for their truth...
"PLP: More whistling past the graveyard"
- Nov 21, 2016 - 1:42:31 PM
Confirming a lack of understanding of the depths of the economic
problems facing the country, Prime Minister Christie announced a
“Competitiveness Council” to work out of his office to improve The
Bahamas declining status in the ease of doing business ranking while
saying the country’s slippage in the rankings ‘doesn’t represent who the
In other words the Prime Minister is appointing
this council in a half hearted attempt to quell the noise in the market
about the difficulty of doing business here.
Symbolism over substance is the hallmark of this administration...
March On Bahamaland?
- Nov 15, 2016 - 11:45:56 PM
The state of The Bahamas, and it’s future, have led me to break down the
national anthem of the country as it now has new meanings within every
LIFT UP YOUR HEAD TO THE RISING SUN, BAHAMALAND;
your head and look around you. High murder rates, drug trafficking,
violent crimes, repression of your people for the sole purpose of
flooding politicians in power with money illegitimately; money that when
taken away from the country to line their pockets leads to an increased
national debt, infrastructure that has not been updated since the late
1990’s and a broken educational system...
Pamela Burnside: Ball of Confusion
- Nov 6, 2016 - 8:05:24 PM
There is so much confusion going on in our country,
it is overwhelming! Once again we have indeed become a ‘nation for
sale’! It is truly a frightening state of affairs when each day brings
to light another confusing debacle being perpetuated by “gubment’s”
total mismanagement of the country’s affairs and purse.
The following is a list of some of the many serious issues that now face the Bahamian people:
of Bahamian sovereignty: Examples abound showing how the gubment is
being dazzled and hypnotized by the dangling of monies before their
Bahamas needs to introduce a strong Freedom of Information Act
- Nov 6, 2016 - 11:27:05 AM
Transparency International, the global anti-corruption movement, and
its partner organisations in the Caribbean, including Citizens for a
Better Bahamas (CBB), call on the government of the Bahamas to introduce
strong Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation.
A FOI Act is a powerful tool in the fight against corruption. It
empowers citizens by giving them a mechanism to gain answers to
questions they have about how their country is governed. A FOI Act
promotes government transparency and accountability, and mitigates any
perception of corruption within the government...