John Barritt http://www.royalgazette.com John Barritt en-us Mr Smith comes to Par-la-Ville <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150703/COLUMN01/150709910/AR/0/AR-150709910.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> No, dear readers, I didnt miss it. We have a new news sheriff in town and I appreciate that I am now writing to a new Editor pictured. First, my congratulations, Mr Editor the first black Editor of The Royal Gazette after centuries of publication. It is truly a historic first for Bermuda, and for the newspaper and for all of its. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150703/COLUMN01/150709910&source=RSS Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:20:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150703/COLUMN01/150709910&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150703/COLUMN01/150709910/AR/0/AR-150709910.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> No, dear readers, I didnt miss it. We have a new news sheriff in town and I appreciate that I am now writing to a new Editor pictured. First, my congratulations, Mr Editor the first black Editor of The Royal Gazette after centuries of publication. It is truly a historic first for Bermuda, and for the newspaper and for all of its. .. Between a rock and a hard place <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150703/COLUMN01/150709912/AR/0/AR-150709912.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Nothing quite like being between a rock and a hard place, Mr Editor. It is no fun and you cant bail. Its very much like that in politics. There are two big issues that are looming that are not going to go away The decriminalisation or, maybe even, the legalisation and lawful control of marijuana Same-sex marriage and. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150703/COLUMN01/150709912&source=RSS Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:18:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150703/COLUMN01/150709912&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150703/COLUMN01/150709912/AR/0/AR-150709912.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Nothing quite like being between a rock and a hard place, Mr Editor. It is no fun and you cant bail. Its very much like that in politics. There are two big issues that are looming that are not going to go away The decriminalisation or, maybe even, the legalisation and lawful control of marijuana Same-sex marriage and. .. When hatred was greeted by love <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150626/COLUMN01/150629791/AR/0/AR-150629791.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Charleston Maybe like me, Mr Editor, you are still trying to process and fathom what was by any standard an unspeakable crime, certainly, but most definitely a hate crime fuelled by racism. I feel not just for the victims, their families and friends, but for the entire black community. I am astonished, too, not only by the. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150626/COLUMN01/150629791&source=RSS Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:33:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150626/COLUMN01/150629791&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150626/COLUMN01/150629791/AR/0/AR-150629791.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Charleston Maybe like me, Mr Editor, you are still trying to process and fathom what was by any standard an unspeakable crime, certainly, but most definitely a hate crime fuelled by racism. I feel not just for the victims, their families and friends, but for the entire black community. I am astonished, too, not only by the. .. RV, you left a legacy that will endure <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150626/COLUMN01/150629792/AR/0/AR-150629792.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> This week I am going to get personal, Mr Editor, but in a good way. It was only two weeks ago in my column on unsung heroes that I mentioned my uncle Bobby Barritt and his influence on my decision to go into politics. The tributes which have appeared since his death on Sunday have been spot on, but nonetheless I would like to add my. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150626/COLUMN01/150629792&source=RSS Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:30:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150626/COLUMN01/150629792&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150626/COLUMN01/150629792/AR/0/AR-150629792.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> This week I am going to get personal, Mr Editor, but in a good way. It was only two weeks ago in my column on unsung heroes that I mentioned my uncle Bobby Barritt and his influence on my decision to go into politics. The tributes which have appeared since his death on Sunday have been spot on, but nonetheless I would like to add my. .. Work to be done to make airport project fly <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150619/COLUMN01/150619695/AR/0/AR-150619695.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> It is a hard read but a good read, Mr Editor. In fact, it should be considered required reading for those who want to better understand the proposed airport project. I am, of course, referring to what has come to be more commonly known as the Deloitte Report which is appropriately also titled, Government of Bermuda, Appraisal of Bermuda. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150619/COLUMN01/150619695&source=RSS Fri, 19 Jun 2015 03:23:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150619/COLUMN01/150619695&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150619/COLUMN01/150619695/AR/0/AR-150619695.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> It is a hard read but a good read, Mr Editor. In fact, it should be considered required reading for those who want to better understand the proposed airport project. I am, of course, referring to what has come to be more commonly known as the Deloitte Report which is appropriately also titled, Government of Bermuda, Appraisal of Bermuda. .. For those who have been wondering... <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150612/COLUMN01/150619915/AR/0/AR-150619915.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> This weeks column, Mr Editor, is for those who have been wondering questions readers have asked, and sorry to have kept you all waiting. Wonder No 1 No, I am not advocating that we let bygones be bygones when it comes to past overspends and questionable practices. One reader, quite agitated, stopped me in the street about. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150612/COLUMN01/150619915&source=RSS Fri, 12 Jun 2015 03:02:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150612/COLUMN01/150619915&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150612/COLUMN01/150619915/AR/0/AR-150619915.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> This weeks column, Mr Editor, is for those who have been wondering questions readers have asked, and sorry to have kept you all waiting. Wonder No 1 No, I am not advocating that we let bygones be bygones when it comes to past overspends and questionable practices. One reader, quite agitated, stopped me in the street about. ..