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Al Seymour

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  • Aug 19, 2014 8:00 am

    Health alert for the world as Ebola takes a toll

    While much of the world focuses on major military conflicts that continue to claim thousands of lives, the United States has launched air strikes on the ISIS militant group in Iraq, to avert what they describe as a potential massacre of Christians and other minorities hiding in mountains to escape death from a brutal regime.

    It is a new dark chapter in that country in the midst of a power struggle between various factions, after...

  • Aug 11, 2014 8:00 am

    We need to learn how to communicate

    Almost on every occasion when disputes erupt in various areas of community life, the root cause is usually traced to poor communication, leaving too many in the dark on various facts involved.

    The dilemma between the Hamilton Corporation and residents and owners of various establishments on Ewing Street, over plans to remove trees as part of a development scheme by the Corporation, would never have escalated into an open protest, if at...

  • Aug 4, 2014 8:00 am

    A grave community warning

    For most Bermudians the annual Cup Match Holiday was a great time to celebrate with exciting cricket, friendships old and new, while at the same time reflecting on the history that started it all, which has evolved into a centrepiece of community togetherness that continues to expand.

    As a result of so many groups and organisations, endeavouring to build a better Bermuda, it is nothing short of shocking to discover that during those...

  • Jul 28, 2014 8:00 am

    There’s no need to destroy ourselves

    No need to destroy the house, over a heated debate at the kitchen

    table, over the colour of curtains for the living room. Here in our little Bermuda, it would seem we have not learned from history, that without applying reason and common sense to solving problems we open the door to those who may not be committed to building harmony, unless it is under their terms.

    America almost destroyed itself, because the confederate...

  • Jul 26, 2014 8:00 am

    An awful political mess

    It doesn’t take a political expert to determine that our Bermudian political arena has degenerated into a terrible mess, with revelation after revelation that honesty and transparency have been conspicuously absent in the conduct of the people’s business.

    As one person said to me, “who would have thought things would have turned out this way, so soon after what the island experienced during the administration of the Progressive...

  • Jul 15, 2014 8:00 am

    The true will of the people

    Political leaders throughout much of the world have a tendency to speak as though their objectives are representative of everyone, even those who disagree with them for whatever reason.

    Of course in dictatorial settings whether the people agree or disagree makes no difference. Those in power usually make it clear that objectors will be treated as insubordinates.

    In a true democracy the people should always have the right of free...

  • Jul 14, 2014 8:00 am

    Another year, another road safety campaign

    Yet another well-intentioned road safety campaign has been launched by the police.

    Once again it hopes to alter the poor attitudes, bordering on recklessness, of so many of the riders and drivers on this Island.

    Efforts have been made in the past, with little, or no success. Even gruesome pictures of mangled, blood soaked victims, have failed to make an impact.

    And only when a life is lost is there a brief moment when cries...

  • Jul 9, 2014 8:00 am

    The changing of our cultural guard

    Bermuda is undergoing a challenging period of change, which could be affecting how we deal with a wide range of sensitive issues. Our Island has endured numerous difficult times over many decades, and despite grave social injustices of the past, our survival seems to have been rooted in a cultural foundation, that transcended the obstacles standing in the way of freedom and justice for all.

    The post-slavery era was perhaps more...

  • Jul 1, 2014 8:00 am

    A lesson from nature

    By Al Seymour

    Just about everyone who appreciates the wonders of nature, should be enjoying one of the richest displays of the Poinciana, seen for sometime, as the Island is aglow with what appears to be nature’s version of Christmas during the summer.

    Yes, some might say it happens every year, and is no big thing. We also have sunsets every day, but each has it’s own, once in a lifetime, quality, that should never be taken for...

  • Jun 26, 2014 8:00 am

    Only speeders fear the radar

    Those who ride and drive within the lawful speed limits, even at the expense of being jeered by others who ignore traffic rules, can do so without any fear of falling victim to radar traps, designed to discourage recklessness on our roads.

    The same principle holds true for those who disregard laws concerning illegal drugs, which have impacted life in many countries including our island home Bermuda, to an extent where a bill was...

  • A reckless form of protest
    Jun 24, 2014 8:00 am

    A reckless form of protest

    When workers down tools, especially in areas involving essential services without notice, it is difficult not to see such action as reckless and somewhat irresponsible, no matter what the issue may be.

    It also highlights the urgent need for legislation that would clearly spell out measures to protect the worker, and also to safeguard continuity in services vital not only to our tourist industry, but also Bermudians who rely on such...

  • Jun 18, 2014 8:00 am

    No need to poison young fresh minds

    As Bermuda continues its struggle in trying to regain its footing toward positive objectives about our way of life, the building blocks which really are our young people, are being cracked by negative outpouring by some, who feel entitled to venting their personal gripes, sending signals that an organised plot is afoot to prevent diversified growth in our communities.

    A life boat will never make it to shore, if some passengers paddling...

  • Jun 5, 2014 8:00 am

    Trying to keep the house clean

    No matter what the outcome of the current cannabis debate in Parliament, Government will be faced with a critical decision that should be based, not on what might be popular, but what is the right thing to do, to prevent a “marijuanagate” opening, with no way to legally close it.

    It is a highly controversial subject, that has many families in a mute state, because so many have, or are engaging in, the use of cannabis which is...

  • Jun 3, 2014 8:00 am

    Political mudslinging stains everyone

    If there were microphones at the dinner table of every Bermudian home, and things said could be heard by members of Parliament, there might be a different tone when representatives gather to conduct the business of the people.

    No one is perfect in this world, and striving for the highest standards of decency, is an endless endeavour for all.

    With so many critical problems facing a changing Bermuda, there is little room for...

  • May 29, 2014 8:00 am

    A stark summer warning for all

    Summer can be a beautiful time in Bermuda with plenty of glorious weather and our wonderful beaches, but, beneath the surface, a new era of unlimited distractions for youngsters, specially with communication devices that many parents are not even familiar with, carries hidden dangers that should not be ignored.

    Parents are probably already struggling with new challenges that leave them feeling somewhat helpless, in trying to stay on...

  • May 27, 2014 8:00 am

    An opportunity to rebuild

    Bermuda has weathered many storms over the years, be they natural, or man-made, and all have tested the true Bermuda spirit to the fullest.

    History has shown that even at the worst of those times it was that Bermuda spirit that kept our island home from sinking into the abyss of total despair.

    Then, as now, the heroes, who guided Bermuda through the worst of the storm, knew that pulling together as a people would be the only way...

  • May 24, 2014 8:00 am

    Public relations and Government

    In any democratic Government the task of public relations is most important, because when the there is a highly sensitive issue that is not handled well misconceptions run wild, and confrontation takes centre stage, usually devolving into further political divisiveness.

    Bermuda needs to work collectively in order to regain an economic footing that would truly benefit all.

    It is certainly not news that our economic state was far...

  • May 21, 2014 8:00 am

    A hard lesson for all politicians

    The fall of Premier Craig Cannonier after only 17 months on the job should be a warning to those elected to serve the people of Bermuda.

    No one on either side of our political divide should gloat or view his departure as leader of the One Bermuda Alliance as some type of earth shattering development for Bermuda.

    Perhaps the most vital lesson out of this political fall is that taking your eye off the ball of promised transparency...

  • May 19, 2014 8:00 am

    Poor judgement and political damage

    Political parties in jurisdictions globally are known to make decisions, at times, through poor judgement, resulting in serious damage to credibility and often further damage is caused if efforts to correct the problem fall short in restoring confidence when it comes to being transparent in dealing with a particular issue.

    The current Jetgate scandal has the Opposition Progressive Labour Party in a take-no-prisoners mood, attacking the...

  • May 12, 2014 8:00 am

    Horror and shame in Nigeria

    Global attention has been focused on Nigeria as that country finds itself in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. While much of the country enjoys a peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims, the situation is far different in isolated areas in the far north, where Boko Haram are blamed for hundreds of killings, as they target those who display an interest in western education.

    With the latest abduction of young girls from...

  • Apr 29, 2014 8:00 am

    A return to the wild west

    Few people are unaware of the number of horrible events in the United States in recent years, largely because guns are so plentiful that they often end up in the hands of the mentally challenged, with devastating results, and despite efforts from politicians and various activists groups, the nation is yet to impose tighter gun laws.

    Making matters worse is that new legislation in Atlanta will now permit people to carry guns just about...

  • Apr 23, 2014 8:00 am

    There is a need for discipline

    Our educational system, has undergone major changes over the last half century, and while some of it has been positive, there are concerns that all is not well with a structure that has moved away from old fashioned discipline, which was so effective in helping people to become successful, despite social disadvantages of the past.

    Without discipline in life, the door opens wider for anti social behaviour, and disrespectful conduct, on...

  • Learning to walk together
    Apr 12, 2014 8:00 am

    Learning to walk together

    History shows that dark experiences of hatred and division largely associated with skin colour, and ethnic origins, resulted in monumental challenges to those who embarked upon a path to remove such negative attitudes that scorned others, simply because they were different.

    Millions of pages have been written about tragic episodes of slavery, and other forms of human suppression, by regimes that perceived others, as unequal, and...

  • Apr 8, 2014 8:00 am

    An embarrassing decision for Bermuda

    Sometimes the truth hurts, but that does not mean we should shy away from it, nor avoid doing what is right, even if doing what is right makes us uncomfortable.

    Few people would deny that our judicial system suffered a setback as a result of the outcome of Rebecca Middleton case.

    The fact that most people felt justice was not done, left many wondering whether the case was purposefully mishandled by authorities of the day, or it...

  • Apr 7, 2014 8:00 am

    The hunt for truth

    Almost every day Bermudians learn of some troubling new development which seems to leave a trail of questions with few answers, especially in the hunt for truth.

    It is truly a testing time for the relatively new Government and the people of this Island, who are trying to read between the lines in a wide range of controversial matters.

    Poor handling of some situations by various authorities could be a contributing factor in...

  • Apr 5, 2014 8:00 am

    Major lessons from a tragic mystery

    Much of the world has been trying to follow streaming conflicting reports on one of the greatest aviation mysteries, ever since the Wright brothers opened a new world of travel, by getting their primitive experimental craft to leave the earth for a matter of seconds, over a hundred years ago.

    Since then, the aircraft gradually evolved into machines of war, and also a fascinating new form of travel for people around the world. After two...

  • Apr 1, 2014 8:00 am

    Listen more carefully to the people

    While there maybe no reasons to push panic buttons at the moment, the mere mention of a possible third political party for Bermuda, could be seen as a warning light that rumblings over whether we are moving in the right direction, has hit a nerve with sections of the electorate, providing room for such an endeavour, even if for the purpose of exposing dissatisfaction over the performance of our current legislators.

    Bermuda has travelled...

  • Shareholders of tourism
    Mar 29, 2014 8:00 am

    Shareholders of tourism

    In the ongoing quest to boost tourism, which would enhance jobs so badly needed to support our economy, it is vital to reflect on the quality of our product, which over the years has undergone many changes, especially in the area of ambassadorial attitudes which was a central component in making Bermuda a special place in the business.

    During the golden years of throbbing local entertainment throughout most of our hotels, our industry...

  • Mar 22, 2014 8:00 am

    Growing concerns about priorities

    An increasing number of Bermudians are becoming confused and disturbed, about priorities, especially in the political arena, where transparency and accountability, have become nice sounding words with little meaning, in the heat of conflict between the OBA Government, and the Opposition PLP.

    No one is right all the time, but it takes courage and honesty, to openly admit an error in judgement, regardless of repercussions from political...

  • Mar 19, 2014 8:00 am

    We need to settle down

    The political waters in Bermuda have become so muddy that it is troubling to a good portion of the electorate, since key Government objectives have become obscured in murky political posturing that seems to detract from what is really needed to tackle the many issues and to remain focused.

    I am reminded of a B17 Captain during a raid over Germany during the Second World War, when his squadron came under heavy anti aircraft fire,...

  • Mar 4, 2014 8:00 am

    Political soul searching

    In the middle of an economic storm, that has impacted life throughout our communities, Bermuda now finds itself embroiled in complex political soul searching, in order to assess what is really happening between two political parties and management for the future.

    While it is no secret that our island remains deeply divided racially in the political arena, many Bermudians have become disgusted over what appears to be a lack of growth in...

  • Feb 18, 2014 8:00 am

    Disagreements need not be destructive

    Over the years Bermuda has been rocked with labour disputes that often crippled services causing many to wonder whether any type of disagreement should be allowed to disrupt basic day to day activity necessary for continuity to our labour infrastructure.

    Any union representing workers is duty bound to leave no stone unturned in seeking fair play for its members, and that is why it is always hoped that labour agreements with management...

  • Feb 17, 2014 8:00 am

    The enemy in the shadows

    Many Bermudian families have fallen victim to the scourge of illegal drugs, and despite various programmes aimed at providing guidance, and education, on the dangers of getting involved, there are new victims every day, and this creates a chain reaction of people who are not only a threat to themselves, but to the entire community.

    The demand for hard deadly drugs such as heroin, and cocaine, continues to take a heavy toll in the United...

  • Feb 4, 2014 8:00 am

    Gambling with our future

    When General Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the order “we go” for the D Day invasion, he was fully aware of the heavy price that would be paid to obtain victory over Nazi Germany. The Supreme Allied commander also knew that his military career was on the line should the invasion fail, and had penned a note willing to take full blame if things went wrong.

    Governments should also be willing to take full responsibility should an initiative...

  • Jan 30, 2014 8:00 am

    The vanishing Bermudian family

    The future of any country is in jeopardy when, in the name of progress, the family unit as we once knew it begins to disintegrate under the stress and strain of modern day decisions, usually based on popular concepts of what is best for financial gain and economic power.

    There are strong mixed emotions running deep throughout our communities, that our current direction, especially in the world of business, could be inadvertently leading...

  • Jan 27, 2014 8:00 am

    Deteriorating values our greatest threat

    The Bermudian economy is currently in some type of Apollo 13 situation, with the Government of the day struggling to seek solutions to problems that run far deeper than simply trying to create jobs.

    With Apollo 13 it took extraordinary efforts, involving the best technical brains working closely together, to bring three astronauts home after a major malfunction deep in space.

    Although that incident is now history, lessons from...

  • Online threat requires eternal vigilance
    Jan 22, 2014 8:00 am

    Online threat requires eternal vigilance

    Police around the world are waging a daily battle against an epidemic of online poisoning, where the dark business of exploiting children sexually feeds the lurid cravings of paedophiles, who are willing to pay heavily for this destructive activity.

    In recent years thousands of children have been made victims in a terrible evil that continues to ruin lives, and has created a new challenge in the never ending war against crime. Even...

  • Jan 18, 2014 12:01 am

    Politics and marijuana

    The current move to decriminalise the use of certain amounts of marijuana is perhaps music to the ears of those who engage in using this substance for whatever reason, but beneath the surface there appears to be hidden political motives based on what is popular and not what is best for this Island and its people.

    Marijuana, pot, joint, spliff or whatever term is used to describe this substance derived from a plant has become so popular,...

  • A critical political choice
    Jan 15, 2014 8:00 am

    A critical political choice

    Unless there has been a dramatic change in the strong reaction over Government deciding to abolish holding a referendum on whether casinos should be allowed to operate in Bermuda, the Government could find itself in the delicate position of making a choice that will either restore public confidence, or ignite further questions over concerns about their highest priority.

    In any democracy worldwide the people want to trust the Government...

  • Jan 7, 2014 8:00 am

    The message remains alive

    Most of Bermuda was engulfed in grief with the sudden passing recently of not just an elder stateswoman, but one who was a true champion for those with little or no voice in affairs of the Bermuda they helped to build. She displayed no fear in speaking boldly about various situations that made the golden years of many of our seniors anything but golden.

    Although she came under ferocious political fire from opponents, Louise Jackson,...

  • Dec 30, 2013 8:00 am

    The long road ahead

    Bermuda is facing extremely tough decisions in the year ahead, and a good portion of the electorate are pondering whether the political conflict, which shows no sign of abating, could eventually stifle initiatives aimed at moving this Island from an undercurrent of confusion and doubt over how to achieve success.

    When the Progressive Labour Party was ousted from power little more than a year ago it was clear that the electorate had...

  • Dec 21, 2013 8:00 am

    The fork in the road on gambling

    Bermuda is inching toward that proverbial fork in the road, with confusion and mixed emotions over which path to take on the sensitive subject of introducing legalised casinos to boost our tourism industry, which is in dire need of added attractions.

    This venture has been projected to create a number of jobs for Bermudians at a time when our economic state remains critical.

    If it gets the green light the question is, will it be...

  • Dec 16, 2013 8:00 am

    Grouping for effectiveness

    By Al Seymour

    In democratic Governments, large and small, there are times when it is essential to make changes in order to achieve better effectiveness, in serving the people in a manner that leaves little doubt that their concerns are being addressed.

    Any Government seeking success cannot afford to misread public sentiment, which is the best gauge to monitor the true tone of the electorate. These days those in leadership...

  • Dec 12, 2013 8:00 am

    Greatest tribute we could pay

    From leading statesman to regular citizens, millions paid tribute when the death of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, was announced. Even though his passing had been anticipated for some time as his health faded, at 95, there was this feeling as long as he was alive everything would be all right.

    Even the world’s most experienced commentators and journalists, found themselves engulfed in a moment of significant...

  • Dec 3, 2013 8:00 am

    Out of control anger could destroy us

    Political fireworks are expected to explode in our Parliament soon, as debate begins on various highly controversial recommendations contained in the SAGE Commission report to Government, aimed at seeking ways to improve efficiency in running the island, to cut operational cost.

    There is little doubt that there are shock waves reverberating throughout our communities, over a wide range of suggestions including outsourcing a number of...

  • When motorists turn into dangerous weapons
    Nov 30, 2013 8:00 am

    When motorists turn into dangerous weapons

    Every year the police and road safety officials step up warnings about taking to the roads during the festive season, disregarding the safety of others, after engaging in social drinking at various events. The warnings are nothing new, in fact all year these warnings are issued via newspapers, radio, and television, and yet there are those who choose to either ignore the advice or simply take the risk, placing themselves and other others in...

  • Nov 25, 2013 8:00 am

    Waiting for the order to change course

    Bermudians from all walks of life are deeply troubled over what it will take to shift from a course that seems headed for an economic dark hole that could plunge our Island into depths of despair that only those who witnessed true hardship during the latter stages of the Second World War could attest to.

    Our present economic situation is such that many hard working Bermudians struggling to keep a family, with hopes of educating their...

  • Nov 18, 2013 8:00 am

    Cooperation is our only way forward

    Government Throne Speeches over the years have always contained a degree of honey, mixed with some of the bitter medicine that is required to keep our Island in a reasonable state of economic health.

    The speech has always led to feisty debate in Parliament over this or that initiative, which of course is how democracy works. However this year, there seems to be a higher degree of public concern over how well the Government and the...

  • Nov 6, 2013 8:00 am

    Racism is an issue of the heart

    By Al Seymour

    The Civil War in the United States, which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, is long over, but despite enormous progress over the years there are pockets of people steeped in the hatred that all men were not created equal. And, although all forms of racial discrimination have been outlawed in America, legislation is yet to change the hearts of some who feel this world is mainly for one group of people.

  • Nov 4, 2013 8:00 am

    We are in need of intensive care

    Bermuda is in a critical condition economically, and without question, in need of intensive care, with little room for political game playing in prescribing the right medicine to treat the many ailments that continue to threaten this generation, and those yet unborn.

    Political game playing is nothing new in democracies around the world. Too often when politicians get a taste of power, many values they trumpet prior to an election, such...

  • Oct 29, 2013 8:00 am

    Conflict at every turn

    By Al Seymour

    Our narrow winding roads throughout Bermuda keep us ever alert, or they should, about what to expect around each bend, as we move about doing business, and visiting relatives and

    friends.

    A significant increase in vehicular traffic of all types over the years, has made this challenge more than just a daily concern.

    Not enough emphasis is placed on how Bermuda has evolved into a very noisy island, and...

  • Weak parenting is a modern day problem
    Oct 26, 2013 8:00 am

    Weak parenting is a modern day problem

    A misguided concept too often is that children can only be corrected with a beating or a tongue lashing leaving them feeling unwanted and resentful toward any type of authority whether it is a parent, guardian, teacher, or a neighbour. Many of us who came through that period when the word was clear: “If you don’t listen you will feel.”

    It those days there was little confusion over the fact that life had consequences for anyone who chose...

  • Economic storm shutters
    Oct 14, 2013 8:00 am

    Economic storm shutters

    Bermuda has been rocked by many hurricanes and tropical storms over the years, and we have generally been able to cope, through storm shutters and staying put, until things calm down enough to regroup, and assess any damage in order to begin rebuilding. Those of us who have witnessed many of these storms, know only too well, how in

  • Oct 10, 2013 8:00 am

    The good, the bad, and modern technology

    The stunning shut down of the United States Government in recent days, and the impact it had on life in America, and indeed in other parts of the world, captured the attention of just about everyone, since that nation is considered the power house of global democracy and freedom.

  • People are the key to reviving our tourism
    Oct 7, 2013 8:00 am

    People are the key to reviving our tourism

    During the 1950s when NASA was engaged in various Gemini missions, it was fascinating back then, to hear the mission control announcer speak of the significant part computers played in each launch.

  • Questionable decisions can erode public confidence
    Sep 30, 2013 8:00 am

    Questionable decisions can erode public confidence

    Governments in free societies around the world have paid dearly for being a part of questionable decisions that in the eyes of the public, lack logic and common sense, in order to achieve some lofty goal they claim, will enhance the economic base for this or that project.

  • Sep 26, 2013 8:00 am

    The shadow of terrorism and world safety

    In some countries almost every day there is an explosion resulting in bodies everywhere, and cries of anguish, mainly because certain groups are obsessed with a deep hatred for anyone who chooses to have a different view about peace, freedom and dignity.

  • Sep 21, 2013 8:00 am

    Let’s not drift toward the iceberg

    Our political leaders seem to be slipping into a new era of confrontation, which detracts from the most important concerns of the people, and if we are not careful, it might be too late to change course in time to avoid that proverbial iceberg, and the consequences of losing focus on what matters the most.

  • Intriguing international diplomacy
    Sep 16, 2013 8:00 am

    Intriguing international diplomacy

    Observers of the Syrian conflict which resulted in over 100,000 deaths since protests began against the dictatorial regime of Bashar al-Assad, were probably caught off guard over the weekend when the United States and Russia manoeuvred through a diplomatic minefield of complexities and were able to reach agreement on a process to eliminate chemical weapons from that war torn country.

  • More than a military unit
    Sep 14, 2013 8:00 am

    More than a military unit

    The Bermuda Regiment emerged from a period of social injustice, which saw young men of colour subjected to a system of segregation designed by those in authority at the time, who felt even in the military, skin colour made a difference, so hence we had the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps, and the Bermuda Militia Artillery, known as the BMAs.
    I doubt if the enemy cared much about what colour the soldier was who was shooting at him.

  • Sep 10, 2013 8:00 am

    The enemy in your living room

    The most important unit in any society based on good solid values for daily life, is the family structure, where young minds usually get their first exposure to the positives, and negatives, of human behaviour.

  • Must a child die before we act?
    Sep 9, 2013 8:00 am

    Must a child die before we act?

    Although the panic button has not been pushed, many residents are becoming angry and deeply disturbed over this ceaseless gun activity, with lives being lost, and the community waiting with bated breath, wondering where, and when, a gunman will strike next.

  • The Syrian crisis could affect Bermuda
    Sep 3, 2013 8:00 am

    The Syrian crisis could affect Bermuda

    The world has been watching closely the horror story that has been unfolding in Syria, especially with the recent deaths of many citizens through alleged use of poison chemicals, which violates international law, and has generated heated debate throughout much of the world as to what should be done about it.

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