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Al Seymour

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  • 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.

  • Aug 29, 2013 8:00 am

    The right to react

    Governments in democratic jurisdictions large and small are constantly faced with decisions that give the people they serve satisfaction that their concerns are getting the utmost attention, or disappointment that somehow the decision-makers have lost touch with the people.

  • Aug 27, 2013 8:00 am

    A troubling time for all people

    By Al Seymour

  • Aug 24, 2013 8:00 am

    The most important class room

    Education has been a controversial issue in Bermuda for quite some time, and despite input from overseas experts, along with home grown expertise, it remains a complex subject with numerous challenges that unresolved, could hamper efforts to provide our children with the best tools, to meet a new world of international competitiveness.

  • Aug 12, 2013 8:00 am

    Transparency will be key in gaming debate

    Any attempt to disregard public opinion on a highly sensitive issue such as gambling could be dangerous politically, especially at a time when the call from the Bermuda electorate has been loud and clear.
    The people want to be well informed on all aspects of any proposal, even those that promise a pot of gold, and plenty of jobs, along with renewed prosperity for all.

  • Aug 5, 2013 8:00 am

    A step in the right direction

    With the super festive atmosphere from the annual Cup Match classic, slipping into the history books, this could be a good time to mention how this event brings our communities together, in way only exceeded by Christmas celebrations.

  • Politics and PR go together like oil and water
    Jul 29, 2013 8:22 am

    Politics and PR go together like oil and water

    There is no escaping the tight rope walk that faces practically every politician in democratic jurisdictions, especially when a subject touches a nerve in the community, and people react in a way that sends a message they are far from satisfied.

  • We owe so much to our seniors
    Jul 3, 2013 8:00 am

    We owe so much to our seniors

    Most of the values we consider vital for a healthy community were handed down form previous generations who toiled through terrible storms of economic hardship and misguided periods of social injustice that threatened but never broke the spirit of those who believed that what was right, would always triumph over wrong.

  • Jun 24, 2013 8:00 am

    Our leaders must choose their words carefully

    Leaders in any free society must choose words carefully when dealing with highly sensitive issues to avoid as much as possible misunderstanding or impressions that leave many confused and disappointed especially in areas of traditional values.

  • Jun 18, 2013 8:00 am

    Stay alert this summer

    The long hot summer is upon us, and as usual many parents will be going the extra mile to keep children focused, and engaged, in positive activity, despite distractions previous generations never had to deal with.

  • May 20, 2013 8:00 am

    It’s better to be second, and right, than to be first, and wrong

    Basic principles of good journalism will withstand the test of any microscope, but in a world awash with millions of devices for recording just about anything, the urge to be first in covering major incidents carries a risk of being first with the story, but also first in getting it wrong.

  • May 13, 2013 8:00 am

    There is hope and opportunity

    The awesome challenges facing Bermuda as the new Government attempts to fly through severe economic turbulence will mean every family will have to keep their seat belts tightly fastened until an altitude of financial stability can be reached in order to ensure the Island is on course for a smoother ride.

  • May 7, 2013 8:00 am

    Truths that cannot be avoided

    There is a growing number of people globally, who are very uncomfortable about the future of societies where values for a decent peaceful life, continue to be under threat from those who seek their twisted agenda, through blatant violence, with total disregard for life itself. The Boston Marathon terror attack is a reminder.

  • Apr 30, 2013 8:00 am

    Discipline and respect are key parts of our heritage

    Most would agree that what we are, or have become, to a large extent has its roots in early experiences in the home. It is usually in the home where basic lessons about life are taught.
    In recent years in many parts of the world, including Bermuda, there has been a decline in parents who are not afraid to correct a child stepping out of line. These days parents are quick to blame others when their child exhibits disrespectful behaviour.

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