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  • Progress and preserving our heritage
    Feb 6, 2016 8:00 am

    Progress and preserving our heritage

    Bermuda must strive to strike a balance between progress and preserving our national heritage. This will require a great deal of consultation over various projects that impact our limited space on a small island with demand for growth and development. This often conflicts with how far we should go when it threatens some areas of our traditional environment.

    In recent decades, the face of arable land has undergone significant change, as...

  • Trying to change the mindset of criminals
    Feb 2, 2016 8:00 am

    Trying to change the mindset of criminals

    We all know babies are not born with criminal instincts at their first breath. Infants are cherished in most cases because of the innocence factor and the unknown potential to grow into a solid citizen capable of making a contribution to community life. That is the hope during the excitement of welcoming a new soul into the world.

    What happens to that young mind along the way will largely depend on exposure to either warmth, affection...

  • What most people expect from a good leader
    Jan 30, 2016 8:00 am

    What most people expect from a good leader

    A good leader is not expected to be perfect, but he or she should be seen to carry the banner that demonstrates to the people in a diverse society that no stone will be left unturned in the quest to uphold dignity, truth and integrity, and to serve in a manner that provides confidence that even in the face of difficult problems those principles will remain a priority.

    As we witness the political boiling pot in America to elect the next...

  • Nightmare of politics and truth
    Jan 26, 2016 8:00 am

    Nightmare of politics and truth

    America is going through a political nightmare at the moment, with so many varied opinions as to whether voters have lost their minds in who they support and why.

    Democracy is a magnificent tool to choose a leader in a free society, but things can become somewhat tricky if the mood of that society wobbles when it comes to keeping good values such as decency, respect and truth above the slick presentations by crafty promoters of a...

  • Unsung heroes are around every corner
    Jan 23, 2016 8:00 am

    Unsung heroes are around every corner

    Throughout history, there have been unsung heroes in various chapters of the human struggle for justice, and many paid with their lives without any recognition for helping to pave the way for others who were either locked in slavery or simply denied basic human rights by those who feared loss of control and power. Even with men having walked on the moon, and advances in science that have contributed to significant medical progress, the world...

  • Acting on behavioural signs early essential
    Jan 18, 2016 8:00 am

    Acting on behavioural signs early essential

    Few would disagree that in recent decades there has been an upsurge in violent behaviour from segments of our communities, with a number of factors cited as attributing to this disturbing trend. This has the police and community leaders concerned about hostile behaviour.

    Although a considerable amount of violence can be traced to gang activity, which over the years has left a trail of fatal shootings, violent conduct in domestic...

  • No need for a snap election
    Jan 14, 2016 8:00 am

    No need for a snap election

    In the world of politics, there are always so many experts on just about every issue that the electorate at times is left trying to make sense out of what the real agenda should be to tackle the problems in Bermuda that persist year after year.

    There is little significant change in the discourse as political divisiveness over who should be running the ship hampers a cohesive approach.

    There may or may not be merit in calling a...

  • Obama battles for better gun control
    Jan 4, 2016 8:00 am

    Obama battles for better gun control

    President Barack Obama has threatened to use the power of his office to override the US Congress and bring about better gun control.

    The nation has been afflicted by numerous mass shootings in recent years with the loss of countless innocent lives, including tragedies in schools and places of business throughout the land.

    Despite the heavy loss of life, mainly as a result of guns falling into the hands of people with criminal...

  • Let’s not forget our seniors
    Dec 21, 2015 8:00 am

    Let’s not forget our seniors

    Celebrations at this time of the year can often reach peak periods when some become so lost in the partying aspect that excessive noise penetrating the thickest walls may be music for some, while others quietly endure such audio invasions as a part of the culture today, when people can become part of a party without being there.

    Most Bermudian neighbourhoods are closely knitted, with no great distance between houses. We should state up...

  • Another challenging year lies ahead
    Dec 17, 2015 8:00 am

    Another challenging year lies ahead

    The Christmas festival, which still has that special impact on people around the world with its message of peace, offers a much needed pause to reflect on values for living that affect all people regardless of race, creed or religion. One can only hope that the new year will bring more than thousands of words for and against this or that, with little change in a troubled world struggling to find understanding and compassion instead of...

  • When leaders lose credibility
    Dec 12, 2015 8:00 am

    When leaders lose credibility

    Leaders in all areas of public life have a responsibility to those they serve to maintain credibility by conducting their duties in a manner that leaves no doubt that concerns of the people are paramount, and that at no time will they stray from that principle, even at the risk of losing political status.

    Perhaps in the world of politics, the urge to survive could be so powerful that being truthful and transparent are gently pushed...

  • A firestorm of political bigotry
    Dec 9, 2015 8:00 am

    A firestorm of political bigotry

    The American political scene exploded big time when presidential candidate Donald Trump, in another blockbuster stunned much of America with his intention to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. This has met with a rising storm of criticism even from his own Republican Party, and perhaps will raise fresh questions about the state of the American culture.

    One would have to wonder whether Trump is radicalising his supporters...

  • World in crisis
    Dec 8, 2015 8:00 am

    World in crisis

    The Christmas festival celebrated by Christians around the world is once again being felt in just about every part of the globe. However, amid the glowing lights and carols, there is a growing concern that extremism, with groups who practise an ideology that most people reject, poses a serious threat to democracy and world peace.

    Making the situation acutely complex is that much of the world is confused over the Isis group, which claims...

  • The microscope on politicians
    Dec 5, 2015 8:00 am

    The microscope on politicians

    Politicians in any democracy the world over run into deep trouble when there is a public perception that integrity and honesty appear to have slipped from their agenda, and their principle focus is on political advantage rather that dealing with the major concerns of the people.

    At no time should public perception be ignored on the basis that people always have strong views for and against various issues. Democracy thrives on different...

  • ’Tis the time not to let our guard down
    Dec 1, 2015 8:00 am

    ’Tis the time not to let our guard down

    There are still a number of shopping days left before the big day, and as the pace of hustle and bustle quickens, with people caught up in numerous pre-holiday activities, there is a tendency to become a little less alert in taking proper precautions to ensure that valuables are secured at home and in vehicles.

    The Christmas festive spirit is wonderful and usually can be felt throughout the community, with complete strangers exchanging...

  • A trail of questions
    Nov 28, 2015 8:00 am

    A trail of questions

    The recent Auditor-General’s report on the former Progressive Labour Party government’s handling of the public purse, regarding a number of transactions was far from complimentary, and in fact, left many questions hanging over why there was no accountability over matters where it was clear that various transactions fell below expected standards, according to rules in place to protect the Bermuda taxpayers’ wallet.

    What bothers many...

  • Global tourism under threat
    Nov 23, 2015 8:00 am

    Global tourism under threat

    It is a reality that cannot be ignored by tourism officials throughout the world, as vicious extremist groups including Isis, have openly declared war on all people who refuse to embrace their brand of ideology. It is an ideology that calls for the elimination of anyone who refuses to comply with objectives that deny common freedoms cherished by most.

    Most of the world is in a state of bewilderment over how to handle a threat that grows...

  • Absence of family values at heart of pain
    Nov 21, 2015 8:00 am

    Absence of family values at heart of pain

    One of the US Presidential candidates seeking high office recently said that the family unit remains the key anchor in community life and, when there is deterioration in this area, the plight of any society is weakened, opening the door to a wide range of problems.

    Countries large and small are confronted with the negative effects of lost traditional family values such as honesty, truth, decency, and respect as key principles for daily...

  • World peace under siege
    Nov 17, 2015 8:00 am

    World peace under siege

    The horror that exploded in Paris last week, with terrorists unleashing an attack that claimed at least 129 lives, ruptured the atmosphere throughout France and sent shock waves around the world. It became clear that no one is really safe anywhere, as long as there are groups committed to destroy those who choose freedom over tyranny.

    The attacks in Paris, which left more than 300 in hospital, were nothing short of monstrous, as the...

  • Speeding remains a road safety issue
    Nov 14, 2015 8:00 am

    Speeding remains a road safety issue

    Al Seymour

    The memory of twisted wreckage and smoking vehicles seems to fade quickly here in Bermuda, as motorists and riders drift back into the complacent syndrome of routine speeding and dangerous overtaking. It is as though traffic rules are for people who are out of step with today’s way of doing things.

    Our roads should be much safer, not only because we promote the Island as a leading tourist destination but because we as...

  • Hoping for a better world
    Nov 7, 2015 8:00 am

    Hoping for a better world

    As we prepare to take a moment to pay tribute to those men and women who made the supreme sacrifice in the two major world wars, to protect freedoms that today so many take for granted, it is equally important to contemplate the state of our world, as the battle continues to seek a peace where true freedom for all human beings will be more than a distant dream.

    Despite being a small island in the Atlantic, Bermuda was still able to...

  • The almost invisible enemy
    Nov 4, 2015 8:00 am

    The almost invisible enemy

    The major threat to countries globally is not so much that a military conflict will destroy their basic way of life, or that nature will unleash some event with the power to cause a disaster with heavy loss of life and property. While such scenarios are always possible, much of the world is growing increasingly concerned about an enemy that is almost invisible; except the effects are far from hidden.

    Countless families around the world,...

  • Club summit could find roots of violence
    Oct 31, 2015 8:00 am

    Club summit could find roots of violence

    In recent years, Bermuda has experienced several tragic gun incidents with loss of life, along with antisocial behaviour in the field of sports, which clearly shows a serious problem in sections of our cultural infrastructure, and unless there is a collective approach in addressing this issue, the future is uncertain.

    Most would agree that finding a solution to gun violence and unacceptable behaviour in our communities will not be easy.

  • Real success must include preserving values
    Oct 22, 2015 8:00 am

    Real success must include preserving values

    It has been nothing short of an exhilarating few days for Bermuda, as we saw the America’s Cup get off to a sensational start in our waters with the world watching, and then an announcement that a new hotel for the East End was finally going to be reality after long periods of doubt and confusion, which had many wondering whether that part of the Island would ever rekindle the spirit of the old days of catering to visitors with their own...

  • Cup puts ball of opportunity in our court
    Oct 17, 2015 8:00 am

    Cup puts ball of opportunity in our court

    Anyone who follows world-class tennis should know something about that crucial moment when a match hangs on a single point. The player with an advantage has to be extremely careful, especially when the ball is in their court. A wrong move could mean the difference between victory or defeat.

    Bermuda could very well be in that position with the ball of opportunity generated by the prestigious America’s Cup. It is a chance to breathe new...

  • A house without love and warmth is no home
    Oct 15, 2015 8:00 am

    A house without love and warmth is no home

    Back in the Sixties, there was a song by Dionne Warwick, and made quite popular by Luther Vandross decades later, entitled A House Is Not A Home. The lyrics suggested that no matter how modern and sleek the furniture, maybe, unless there is love and warmth, it is just a building.

    Many successful people had their start in extremely humble settings, but through strong parenting and guidance, they later took their place in the world with...

  • Why good journalism is key
    Oct 10, 2015 8:00 am

    Why good journalism is key

    Whenever there is an incident of significant concern anywhere in the world, most people want to know the truth, rather than scattered information twirling in cyberspace, where in a rush to be first by some news outlets, facts are often bypassed and a distorted version of what really happened can easily occur.

    It matters little whether it is a leading nation or a small jurisdiction such as Bermuda. Seeking the truth requires more than a...

  • The power of constituents
    Oct 5, 2015 8:00 am

    The power of constituents

    During any powerful storm that threatens Bermuda, it is always amazing how during the crucial stages people tend to focus on helping each other without any thought of differences — politically or otherwise. It is a time when doing things together has a greater priority because everyone knows a major storm favours no one.

    If only that attitude could be applied when our core values come under threat from anyone with demeaning and...

  • No room for hatred
    Sep 30, 2015 8:00 am

    No room for hatred

    Bermuda continues to move into the new world of embracing diversity in an atmosphere of opportunity for all, regardless of racial, religious, ethnic or political affiliations. In the long struggle to open doors for anyone, young or old, who endeavours to build rather than tear down, our Island has no room for hatred.

    Democracy provides a voice for all, but when that opportunity is abused by anyone or any group with irresponsible...

  • Pope calls for unity in a time of discord
    Sep 26, 2015 8:00 am

    Pope calls for unity in a time of discord

    In recent days a man, whom one official described as the new Nelson Mandela voice during very challenging times, was able to penetrate an atmosphere of discord, politically and socially, in a manner that left many seasoned observers deeply moved by a message that was aimed at bringing people together, for the common objective of making life on Earth better for all, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic origin.

    That man was Pope...

  • Strong principles our best weapon against crime
    Sep 19, 2015 8:00 am

    Strong principles our best weapon against crime

    There is considerable concern mounting throughout much of our community that violent crime is beginning to eat away at what most Bermudians have always cherished as an environment of safety and peace.

    It seems this cultural corrosion is slipping out of control.

    While politicians, police and community leaders attempt to seek ways to stem the tide, they are kept busy around the clock on this crucial problem that weakens any decent...

  • Why recklessness is not an option
    Sep 15, 2015 8:00 am

    Why recklessness is not an option

    Emotions can overflow during any disagreement, whether it is politically based, or is a part of experiences in everyday life.

    Throughout history, nations have been tested by situations that involve either cool and rational thinking, or blatant recklessness without concern about consequences in pushing their objectives.

    Bermuda has endured considerable work stoppages and strikes over this or that issue, and although there may have...

  • A golden teacher to remember
    Sep 14, 2015 8:00 am

    A golden teacher to remember

    At Central School, now Victor Scott, there were many outstanding dedicated teachers who touched many lives during the deeply troubling years of the Second World War. In addition to those conditions, the social injustice of the day added to the hurdles of life where many families, especially in the black community, had a struggle every single day to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads.

    Of course, in all fairness, many...

  • A return to good manners would help
    Sep 9, 2015 8:00 am

    A return to good manners would help

    Continuing traffic problems that keep the police busy, along with increasing public concerns about safety on our roads, may be caused by a loss of basic good manners in how we behave towards each other.

    Drastic changes in how we communicate with modern devices could also have a negative side, since in too many instances good quality conversation is often replaced by short electronic blips in this new wave of cyberspace interaction,...

  • Questioning the conscience of the world
    Sep 5, 2015 8:00 am

    Questioning the conscience of the world

    When the picture flashed across television screens, there were gasps around the world.

    The little body of a three-year-old boy, a victim of the horrific refugee crisis in Europe, lay crumpled on a beach after drowning along with his brother and mother in a failed attempt to seek a better life away from Syria, where so many have perished in savage warfare.

    Although thousands of men, women and children have lost their lives in...

  • Tackling the emotional undertow
    Sep 3, 2015 8:00 am

    Tackling the emotional undertow

    Bermuda has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it is with great pride that when we promote our amenities to boost tourism, our shoreline beauty is a winner every time. However, even with nature’s wonderful gift, at times hidden beneath the waves is an undertow that holds the potential for mishap if mishandled.

    Many of us have spent many years on these beaches playing in the waves and having a great time without ever...

  • Building walls is not the way forward
    Aug 29, 2015 8:00 am

    Building walls is not the way forward

    Donald Trump, the United States presidential candidate who has raised more than a few eyebrows in his stormy campaign to reach the White House, has spoken of building a wall to halt the flow of illegal immigrants, mainly from Mexico, who try daily to elude border patrols in an effort to enter America to seek a better life.

    While most Americans seem to agree that more should be done to protect borders, there is strong disagreement as to...

  • No room for nastiness
    Aug 22, 2015 8:00 am

    No room for nastiness

    In the middle of an economic storm, Bermuda continues to struggle with a wide range of problems that has affected community life throughout the Island. Despite these challenges, Bermudians are endeavouring to rebuild by engaging in positive ventures in the business sector, and they need to be supported by positive attitudes from political and community leaders.

    During any difficult period in most democratic arenas, the atmosphere can...

  • When decency and respect no longer matter
    Aug 15, 2015 8:00 am

    When decency and respect no longer matter

    Behavioural standards in Bermuda have been declining for decades and much of it has to do with crumbling values in family life and the rules that govern basic instincts for not only what we say to each other, but how we treat one another.

    Many of our seniors who toiled under extraordinary circumstances to build a family, and indeed a home, would probably testify that back then, there was an acute awareness that respect and decency, no...

  • Our window of opportunity
    Aug 8, 2015 8:00 am

    Our window of opportunity

    Bermuda has a window of opportunity to pool our best resources in trying to take advantage of the moment, with a fresh effort to revitalise the economy and also to put a spark in the area of jobs to at least begin the long climb to a more vibrant infrastructure that would be felt throughout every section of our communities.

    Windows of opportunity can open and close, and depending on what is done when it opens, determines whether success...

  • When information is badly handled
    Aug 3, 2015 8:00 am

    When information is badly handled

    Seventeen months ago, a Malaysian airliner left at night on a routine flight to China from Kuala Lumpur and was never seen again.

    In the history of aviation, there have been many instances when, for some reason, planes simply went missing during flight. However, what unfolded on this occasion has baffled experts around the world, and to this day the matter is unresolved.

    To begin with, aviation today is still classified as one of...

  • Losing children is not an option
    Aug 1, 2015 8:00 am

    Losing children is not an option

    As Bermuda continues the struggle to regain its economic footing in a world where competition has become ferocious in the quest to gain a piece of the global financial pie, focus could easily shift from issues such as raising children to become positive citizens.

    Otherwise, the vulnerable may fall prey to destructive elements, which are ever present in the shadows of community life.

    It is always encouraging to see and hear...

  • Excessive noise is hurting us
    Jul 25, 2015 8:00 am

    Excessive noise is hurting us

    Noise is a part of community life around the world, and that is a reality most of us accept. However, many are unaware of the amount of damage that excessive noise can cause to those often exposed to loud sounds for long periods, without any control or say in the matter.

    Excessive noise is an issue in many countries, large and small, because studies show the human nervous system can be affected by loud noises to an extent where even...

  • Unsavoury scenes betray lack of respect
    Jul 21, 2015 8:00 am

    Unsavoury scenes betray lack of respect

    Cricket has always been called the gentleman’s game — and for good reason. It basically teaches discipline, patience, perseverance and respect for rules.

    Respect for rules has come under attack in recent times in many areas of sport, especially in football, where fans have been known in some countries to kill each other over a particular outcome.

    While nothing of that extreme has happened in Bermuda, there have been ugly incidents...

  • We would have only ourselves to blame
    Jul 20, 2015 8:00 am

    We would have only ourselves to blame

    If Bermuda squanders opportunities to move the Island forward with never-ending political warfare that has created bitter exchanges between elected officials, with potential consequences to our image of stability and productive unity in dealing with problems, we the people will have no one to blame but ourselves.

    Political leaders, both in Government and the Opposition, have been elected to serve the people in every way possible to...

  • Our police need more support than ever
    Jul 11, 2015 8:00 am

    Our police need more support than ever

    The recent dawn raid by police at the West End of the Island, which yielded numerous elements linked with underworld crime and resulted in several arrests, may have in fact revealed something more sinister that should be deeply disturbing to the entire Bermudian community.

    In the never-ending struggle by the Island to face up to ugly facts about crime, and the full impact on community life, it seems frighteningly clear that there is a...

  • House could do with an attitude makeover
    Jul 4, 2015 8:00 am

    House could do with an attitude makeover

    Our House of Parliament, which is supposed to be the centre of legislative power in handling the island’s affairs, has in recent times, been sliding into highly questionable behavioural standards that for many observers is disturbing. Instead of the crucial needs of the people, attention seems more focused on a clash of personalties for political gain.

    Everyone knows that in most democratic countries, things can become quite heated; in...

  • Summer alert for all parents
    Jun 30, 2015 8:00 am

    Summer alert for all parents

    Summer is generally thought of as a time for outdoor fun and adventure, a time to enter the spirit of enjoying many of the natural amenities this beautiful island has to offer; and that is always a good thing.

    However, there must be a realistic approach in doing this because many changes have occurred since the ‘40s and ‘50s and nothing should be taken for granted.

    Back then, many parents worked just as hard as they do today, but...

  • Focusing on the long road to healing
    Jun 24, 2015 8:00 am

    Focusing on the long road to healing

    Few people around the world can be unaware of the deep, shattering pain in South Carolina, and throughout America, when in an act of pure hatred nine lives were lost at the hands of a 21-year-old white boy.

    So overcome with evil intent was this boy that he chose a leading black church to murder people as they held weekly Bible study.

    In his twisted mind he had hoped to ignite a race war. But despite the emotionally crippling...

  • No sign of America’s gun madness abating
    Jun 20, 2015 8:00 am

    No sign of America’s gun madness abating

    Much of America was plunged into massive grief when a lone gunman with a deeply twisted hatred for black people entered one of the most prestigious black churches in South Carolina while members, including the pastor, held a Bible study session.

    After a while, according to police reports, he stood and declared he was there to kill black people. As those sickening words hung in the air for a brief second, the young man pulled a gun and,...

  • Why the free press must be protected
    Jun 13, 2015 8:00 am

    Why the free press must be protected

    The job of any journalist these days is extremely demanding in a world awash with reams of information, pouring down the global pipeline through an almost unlimited amount of electronic devices and cameras that are prominent in just about any incident large or small.

    This modern form of gathering information has affected many areas of life that in earlier times relied on accounts by witnesses, which of course presented additional...

  • Community values key to winning war on drugs
    Jun 8, 2015 8:00 am

    Community values key to winning war on drugs

    When Baltimore recently experienced riots over incidents that highlighted the poor relationship between police and the public, it was also revealed how gangs involved in illegal drug activity were hindering efforts to make the city clean and safe for citizens.

    During a rampaging looting spree, much of it captured on camera, culprits were seen attempting to open a safe containing controlled drugs in a pharmacy without...

  • Remembering those who fought for freedom
    Jun 5, 2015 8:00 am

    Remembering those who fought for freedom

    The seas were very rough under a grey sky, with many of the men fighting seasickness on ships being tossed about in an angry ocean as they headed for one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War.

    It was June 6, 1944, and under the command of General Dwight D Eisenhower, they were about to take on the German war machine headed by Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, who was respected as one of the outstanding military minds of that...

  • Social media is a hunting ground for evil predators
    Jun 2, 2015 8:00 am

    Social media is a hunting ground for evil predators

    Without strong parenting, doors could open for children to fall prey to a variety of predators who endlessly seek out the vulnerable for various twisted objectives.

    Often, this can be achieved without touching a door knob.

    In a world where modern communication technology has opened many windows for learning across the globe, there is danger when such technology is embraced by those with evil intentions. It creates challenges for...

  • The biggest red card of all
    May 30, 2015 8:00 am

    The biggest red card of all

    Much of the world is reeling after shocking disclosures that a number of the highest ranking football executives — who govern the sport globally — have not only been arrested, but are facing charges of alleged bribery worth more than $150 million in various dealings involving arrangements for World Cup sites.

    In a stunning move by officials including the FBI and other authorities after a lengthy probe spanning several years, much of the...

  • Learning from the mistakes of others
    May 27, 2015 8:00 am

    Learning from the mistakes of others

    The recent murders of a wealthy family along with their housekeeper in America, which stunned much of that nation, reignited memories of the 1959 killing of an entire family that became a book by Truman Capote and later a film, depicting how two young men entered the home of a farmer in Kansas and, after discovering there was no money there, decided to execute the family of four in cold blood.

    Even after so many years since that...

  • ‘Operate in bright light of transparency’
    May 21, 2015 8:00 am

    ‘Operate in bright light of transparency’

    Manufacturers try to leave no stone unturned in promoting a product for public use because they know that people need to feel confident about quality since a hidden flaw could prove detrimental for the customer and the company producing the item.

    Even though that should be the code of ethics for every business serving the public, all too often a flaw sometimes is kept secret to protect an image designed to have consumers believe their...

  • Road to new airport laden with divisiveness
    May 18, 2015 8:00 am

    Road to new airport laden with divisiveness

    Few people on this Island would disagree that a new airport for Bermuda is critical.

    It is crucial if we are to be competitive in the world of tourism and also maintain the ability to attract international investors to promote business growth and create more jobs for Bermudians.

    Under the present economic circumstances, no political group or civic organisation can wave a magic wand and improve things overnight. And that continues...

  • Mothers are more than special
    May 16, 2015 8:00 am

    Mothers are more than special

    Last Sunday was Mother’s Day, a time of year when motherhood is celebrated around the world.

    Why do we celebrate? Because throughout centuries of history mothers have played a significant role in passing on great qualities of life, from one generation to the next. We know there have been many fathers who have also given much, but few would not agree that there is no more powerful instinct to protect and love than that found in...

  • Mindset change needed to make roads safer
    May 13, 2015 8:00 am

    Mindset change needed to make roads safer

    Reckless behaviour on our roads is nothing new and, despite just about every type of road safety campaign devised to encourage more responsible attitudes, it is quite apparent that something far more dramatic needs to be done to halt the epidemic of irresponsible motorists who flaunt basic traffic rules every day.

    Whether it is the pressure of modern day living that is helping to create an upsurge of agressive, hostile behaviour on our...

  • Violence is never the answer to a problem
    Apr 30, 2015 8:00 am

    Violence is never the answer to a problem

    What happened in Baltimore, Maryland, created a nightmare situation for law enforcement in the United States and ignited fierce debate about the judgment of officials.

    Many feel they should have been able to spot early signs that a dangerous mood existed throughout Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered injuries while in police custody and died, and that misjudgment resulted in mayhem not seen since the assassination of...

  • Migrants’ escape to disaster
    Apr 27, 2015 8:00 am

    Migrants’ escape to disaster

    In the eerie silence of space, orbiting the earth is a masterpiece of modern technology, the International Space Station, where some of the most brilliant scientific minds are at work paving the way for future space travel.

    Their experiments often prove beneficial to many areas of life here on earth.

    There are already plans well under way to send humans to Mars.

    Ironically, despite such a massive project that would cost...

  • Terrible trend that must not be ignored
    Apr 23, 2015 8:00 am

    Terrible trend that must not be ignored

    The brutal killing of innocent people in parts of the world where terrorists inflict havoc over the right to worship in absolute freedom, prompted the Pope to deliver one of the most sombre Easter messages ever, appealing to the world to spare no effort in trying to find roads to end relentless bloodletting as Christians are targeted for their beliefs.

    Religious and cultural conflicts over the centuries have left a trail of devastation...

  • When camera’s rolling, there’s no hiding
    Apr 20, 2015 8:00 am

    When camera’s rolling, there’s no hiding

    Most of us are familiar with the phrase “out of sight, out of mind”, and that perhaps was the situation with many events throughout history, although the pen used by observers, both biblically and historically, provided information about significant occurrences long before a new witness, the camera, entered the scene.

    Interest in capturing images through optical technology can be traced back many centuries, but it was in the 1800s that...

  • Lack of trust hampering progress
    Apr 16, 2015 8:00 am

    Lack of trust hampering progress

    Despite appeals from various sections of the community for our leaders to put the people’s interest first, there continues to be political discord on practically every issue, making it almost impossible to inject reason and logic to achieve a concession that would be beneficial to all Bermudians regardless of political or social status.

    Trust is something that has to be earned along life’s road, and this is seldom present in political...

  • Apr 13, 2015 8:00 am

    Road safety should be a high priority

    Even when parents or guardians do their utmost to advise and caution young people about the dangers of speeding, there will be those moments of youthful adventure — and most of us have had that experience — when this wisdom is forgotten amid a brief spell of feeling immune to mishap. Sometimes the result can be more than painful.

    In recent years, Bermuda has lost many promising young minds through unfortunate road mishaps.

  • Better behaviour in House will help us all
    Apr 6, 2015 8:00 am

    Better behaviour in House will help us all

    There is increasing alarm throughout the community that behaviour in what should be our honourable House of Parliament has slipped to a point where crucial matters that affect all Bermudians have taken second place to political point-scoring.

    The climate in the House appears to be that of revengeful politics.

    The Speaker has had the difficult task of trying to maintain a degree of respect and dignity while members express concerns...

  • We need bridges, not fences
    Mar 31, 2015 8:00 am

    We need bridges, not fences

    In the world of politics, and that includes Bermuda, fence building often takes priority over bridge building because divisiveness is something most political groups rely on to keep their support base intact, even when situations dictate that a bridge of better understanding over differences would be the best approach.

    On our small Island, where we can almost see from one end to the other, we still have too many political and social...

  • Tourism threatened by
the increase in terrorism
    Mar 25, 2015 8:00 am

    Tourism threatened by the increase in terrorism

    There are still many beautiful places on this planet that attract thousands of travellers who wish to learn more about various cultures, and to enjoy meeting and sharing moments with peaceful people of all races or religious persuasions, as a part of the human experience.

    Tourism is the word that covers this global trend that millions have engaged in for many years, despite major wars that disrupted the ability to travel without the...

  • Time to put our best foot forward
    Mar 17, 2015 8:00 am

    Time to put our best foot forward

    Spring is usually a time for new beginnings and, with growing optimism over our fast approaching tourist season, Bermuda should be positioning itself to take full advantage of potential business that could pave the way for rebuilding an economy badly in need of a shot in the arm — a move that would benefit all Bermudians.

    Although we will be facing plenty of competition to our south, and that has always been the case, Bermuda still has...

  • Racism is everybody’s business
    Mar 10, 2015 8:00 am

    Racism is everybody’s business

    By Al Seymour

    Racism which was spurned from the history of slavery continues, despite great strides by thousands of brave black and white people to eradicate this sickening perception by one group, who feel superior to others simply because of their skin colour or background.

    Even though thousands perished when America went to war with itself over the issue that would free slaves and open the door to an era where all Americans...

  • Expanding shadow of violence
    Mar 7, 2015 8:00 am

    Expanding shadow of violence

    Just about every country in the world, large and small and that includes Bermuda, has growing concerns about the unprecedented acts of terrorism carried out by extremist elements that not only shock the world but lead to questions over whether groups that exist to destroy over ideological issues can ever be stopped.

    The free world has been wrestling with what to do to change a trend that has the shadow of violence reaching places...

  • Spirit of co-operation vital to our recovery
    Feb 26, 2015 8:00 am

    Spirit of co-operation vital to our recovery

    Everyone knew any Government Budget in these economic circumstances was not going be a lobster dinner with all the trimmings.

    Not only was it going be a major problem finding sufficient lobsters, but even the trimmings were in short supply.

    It was expected that once the new Budget was announced by Finance Minister Bob Richards, there would be rumblings from unions and sections of the community who felt short-changed by various...

  • Too many empty chairs at the brotherhood table
    Feb 19, 2015 8:00 am

    Too many empty chairs at the brotherhood table

    Last year, a large part of the United States was overwhelmed with powerful demonstrations, with thousands protesting against what they felt were strong-arm tactics by Police which led to the deaths of two black men and a young black boy.

    Although there were complex circumstances in each case, the general view was that racial profiling was a factor and this caused a shadow over the nation’s entire Police force.

    For weeks, many...

  • The root cause of behavioural problems
    Feb 14, 2015 8:00 am

    The root cause of behavioural problems

    No type of task force anywhere will ever be able to halt the deteriorating standards of behaviour affecting cultures and the lives of people around the world.

    This is not to throw cold water on an initiative announced by our Government to tackle negative attitudes displayed on our roads, and even at times in the sporting arena.

    This subject has been bounced around for decades in Bermuda, and indeed in many large countries, as...


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