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Letter to the Editor: The time is now! The Bahamas must act now to ban oil drilling forever - Jul 21, 2021 - 2:31:02 PM

Dear Editor,

For the first time in over 14 years there are no active foreign oil drilling licenses in Bahamian waters.  We applaud the government for refusing to renew Challenger Energy Company’s (aka Bahamas Petroleum Company) licenses because they have failed to pay their basic fees.  Yet we are still vulnerable to the risks of oil drilling in our waters from future corporate misadventures...
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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:

I 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...
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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 this country...
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Pamela Burnside: Domes, Doom and The FOI - Jan 15, 2021 - 7:06:07 PM

Dear Editor,

I can’t believe I am at the computer again shaking my head at more mind ‘bogglement’ taking place!

Yesterday, 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...
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Pamela Burnside: Improve the civil service - Jan 5, 2021 - 10:37:25 PM

Dear Editor,

The more things change, the more, unfortunately, they remain the same!

Today my facebook feed sent me my Letter to the Editor  memory from January 3, 2018 on the Commercial Enterprises Bill, 2017...
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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...
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Essy Bootle: The Wisdom of Potter - Dec 2, 2020 - 12:25:31 PM

Dear Editor,

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...
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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...
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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.

In a recent letter to the press, Campbell highlighted six points as he respectfully advocated for more Bahamian awareness, education...
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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...
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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” reverberates ...
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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...
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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.

The 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 or covid19...
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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 country.

Since last year notices have been circulating about the closures of commercial banks, especially on the Family Islands...
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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..."

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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...
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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 stories.

Many news outlets temporarily dropped their paywalls to make information on the coronavirus more accessible. Thank you.

“Reporters are continuing to go to work, often putting themselves at risk, to provide a public service that is profoundly important right now...
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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 on hold...
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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 twirling feelings.

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...
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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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