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  • An undercurrent of violent crime
    Oct 19, 2016 8:00 am

    An undercurrent of violent crime

    On viewing our scenic South Shore waters on a calm sunny day, there is usually no sign of hidden dangers beneath the surface in the form of undercurrents that have caught even strong swimmers off guard, and there have been occasions when some have had to be rescued.

    Although these dangerous undercurrents are generally associated with rough seas, it is not uncommon for someone to fall victim to the oceans beneath the surface pull, when...

  • If only we could keep that team spirit
    Oct 17, 2016 8:00 am

    If only we could keep that team spirit

    One could almost feel the team spirit beginning to surface as Hurricane Nicole rumbled with ferocious power towards our island Bermuda. There was little doubt that we would all be in for one of nature’s most feared storms, which showed no sign of shifting its course from giving us a direct hit.

    Over many decades during such times, Bermudians from all walks of life disregard political status, or business positions, to interact with just...

  • Crucial political storm for America
    Oct 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Crucial political storm for America

    Much of the world, including our island of Bermuda, has been watching with amazement the stunning twist and turns of the campaigns to choose the next president of the United States, which has turned into a political storm that is rocking the nation’s cultural core.

    At the centre of the storm, which would be the eye if we were talking about a hurricane, is a billionaire named Donald Trump, who has managed to chalk up

    a lengthy...

  • Fence builders need not apply
    Oct 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Fence builders need not apply

    As Bermuda continues its journey towards a more inclusive society, one of the lingering obstacles is the struggle to eliminate leftover emotional fences

    stemming mainly from a past of social injustice. This even though much has been achieved in the building of community social bridges over the years.

    This is a continuing endeavour, with a steady demand for as many workers as possible, but it should be pointed out that fence...

  • Our troubled political waters
    Oct 10, 2016 8:00 am

    Our troubled political waters

    Bermuda is in need of some clearing of political waters that continue to churn in a manner that makes it difficult to see what is really going on beneath the surface.

    It certainly was no surprise to learn that in an island-wide poll, it was discovered that many were disappointed in the performances of both the One Bermuda Alliance in government and the Progressive Labour Party as the Opposition.

    On one hand, there was a strong...

  • The truth and nothing but the truth
    Oct 1, 2016 8:00 am

    The truth and nothing but the truth

    The Bermudian electorate is certainly entitled to truth, and nothing but the truth, when it comes to how the public purse is handled by those they have elected to oversee all matters that involve use of the taxpayers’ money. This is to ensure that nothing is done to raise concerns about whether those responsible are conducting their duties according to official rules.

    This is a concern in practically any democratic jurisdiction...

  • Bermudian family values under siege
    Sep 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Bermudian family values under siege

    When the family unit begins to crack for whatever reasons, values for good positive living are sometimes neglected, even when there is no intention to do so, and troubled young minds become vulnerable to negative elements that are never far away.

    In today’s climate of electronic nightmares with just about every type of material flowing 24/7, good and bad, the family as we once knew it could be under siege.

    Many of the social...

  • Selective transparency could damage credibility
    Sep 28, 2016 8:00 am

    Selective transparency could damage credibility

    In many areas of public life, and that includes the political arena, there is always a question of operating with transparency to avoid losing credibility with various segments of the community when there is a perception that important information could be withheld.

    Political groups in democratic settings worldwide draw criticism often for handling transparency as though it was nitroglycerin. In other words, too many politicians make...

  • Public have a key role to play in fighting crime
    Sep 26, 2016 8:00 am

    Public have a key role to play in fighting crime

    Whenever a serious crime is committed anywhere in the world, police often without hesitation are the ones first on the scene, which is what most people expect, since their mandate is to serve and protect.

    However, it is not unusual for potential witnesses to look the other way, with that “none of my business” posture.

    It is a different story when the shoe is on the other foot — when that person is a victim.

    It is good to...

  • Abuse and neglect result in too many suffering children
    Sep 23, 2016 8:00 am

    Abuse and neglect result in too many suffering children

    The statistics are so staggering on abused and neglected children suffering throughout the world today that it is almost incomprehensible. With all the scientific advances in this modern era, defenceless children are dying by the thousands each day in the shadows of gross abuse and neglect.

    According to experts who make a study of the plight of children worldwide, some 40 million children below the age of 15 suffer abuse and neglect...

  • A long way from the brotherhood table
    Sep 17, 2016 8:00 am

    A long way from the brotherhood table

    A political bomb exploded over the weekend in the American presidential election campaigns, when GOP candidate Donald Trump finally admitted that president Barack Obama was born in the United States, after years of pushing a perception he held that Obama was not legitimate in the nation’s highest office, because he was not a born American.

    The announcement made last Friday, touched off a beehive of rage from many Americans who felt...

  • Grave international concerns
    Sep 13, 2016 8:00 am

    Grave international concerns

    On a beautiful day here in Bermuda, with our colourful foliage, singing birds, and watching children at play, it is almost unthinkable that somewhere else on our planet, weapons are being developed that once used, could change the state of life on earth, with unimaginable suffering throughout the globe. Impossible some might say, but the grim reality is that weapons are not made to be placed in museums.

    The testing of a nuclear device...

  • The road ahead for Bermuda
    Sep 10, 2016 8:00 am

    The road ahead for Bermuda

    Observing the ocean on a calm day with drifting white clouds slowly moving across a rich blue sky would give the impression that, at least for the moment, all is well, and that everything is in order on this beautiful island home we call Bermuda.

    However, we know that beneath the waters there are many events taking place between species vying for survival, where nature rules as it has done since the beginning of time.

    Looking at...

  • The hurricane spirit can help to unite us
    Sep 7, 2016 8:00 am

    The hurricane spirit can help to unite us

    Bermuda like many countries large and small, is confronted with challenges in trying to cope with constantly changing patterns of modern-day lifestyles, and some values that were pillars in our society appear to be under threat. Despite much progress over the years in eradicating social injustice based on skin colour, trying to solve problems with closer co-operation remains an obstacle.

    The invisible thread that linked most Bermudian...

  • Politicians should be wary of voters’ power
    Sep 1, 2016 8:00 am

    Politicians should be wary of voters’ power

    The political temperature is rising as a General Election for Bermuda looms in the not-too-distant future.

    An anxious public is wondering whether our two political parties will become more obsessed with status-building, rather than getting down to the business of serving all the people with nothing short of the highest standards of transparency and respect.

    Prior to general elections, politicians worldwide tend to make promises of...

  • The best medal of all
    Aug 27, 2016 8:00 am

    The best medal of all

    When the final switch was pulled to shut down the lights and mark the end of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro last weekend, it ended 2½ weeks of spectacular events, which included the gutsy effort in the women’s triathlon by Bermuda’s Flora Duffy, who had her named flashed around the world as one of the people to watch because of her standing in international competitions.

    Finishing in the top ten out of more than 50 competitors...

  • A swirling tide of distractions
    Aug 22, 2016 8:00 am

    A swirling tide of distractions

    Parents today are faced with a more daunting task than salmon swimming upstream: keeping young minds from being swallowed up by ever-widening cyberspace distractions that take new forms almost daily in a world where seeking superficial thrills has become a growing obsession with too many.

    As if that was not bad enough, there are also dangerous twist and turns in illegal drug activity, as dealers throughout parts of the United States try...

  • A statement without words
    Aug 20, 2016 8:00 am

    A statement without words

    All wars involve horrible acts, with gross suffering and relentless killing by both sides. And when bombs explode and bullets fly, people die by the thousands. The victims are not just soldiers, but also innocent people are also caught in the middle — and that includes children of all ages.

    The children who have no voice in the nightmare carnage that war produces perhaps wonder why they were born in the first place, as many of them from...

  • No room for political games
    Aug 16, 2016 8:00 am

    No room for political games

    The free press has recently come under fire in the United States, with one presidential candidate referring to journalists as the lowest form of life. This assertion, of course, came from GOP representative Donald Trump, who has a litany of demeaning remarks and a pattern of attacking just about anyone who disagrees with his style of politics.

    Perhaps his accumulated fortune has given him a feeling of power that overrides what most...

  • Expanding no-smoking areas is right thing
    Aug 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Expanding no-smoking areas is right thing

    Heavy smokers will not be pleased with the efforts to enforce further restrictions on where people can light up, even though there is well-documented evidence that second-hand smoke has taken a heavy toll, with victims in just about every country on Earth.

    It is not a question of setting out to offend people who feel they have a right to smoke, but when second-hand smoke inhaled by people near by presents a health threat, the issue...

  • Trying to assess the state of Bermuda
    Aug 13, 2016 8:00 am

    Trying to assess the state of Bermuda

    Bermuda is still very special to most of us, despite the long journey from the dark chapters of gross social injustice emanating from the era of slavery. Although there are still mountains to climb in the quest to embrace each other, irrespective of race, religion or political differences, few would deny that tremendous progress has taken place. This has been accomplished not without growing pains, for certain, but this is a struggle that...

  • Vulgarity and crudeness must never be tolerated
    Aug 6, 2016 8:00 am

    Vulgarity and crudeness must never be tolerated

    The 2016 annual Cup Match, which most would agree lived up to expectations when it came to cricket excitement, is now history — and congratulations should be meted out to all who played a part in making this year’s event another success in keeping a truly special celebration alive and well

    The twists and turns of the match itself have been well documented by superb sportswriters and outstanding work by the T&T video group, with a...

  • The need for more common sense
    Jul 25, 2016 8:00 am

    The need for more common sense

    After just about every conflict in the labour arena, we hear plenty of talk about finding ways to settle disputes without having to shut down crucial services to make a point. It would appear that not much progress has occurred in handling delicate issues, and when the gap of misunderstanding is wide, and the Government is involved, it raises further questions about the ability to have a closer link with public sentiment in dealing with...

  • Combating terrorism must involve all free nations
    Jul 22, 2016 8:00 am

    Combating terrorism must involve all free nations

    When a mind so badly poisoned with blind hatred resorts to actions that defy common decency and respect for others, and inflicts pain and suffering without regard for anyone, innocent people fall victim to an evil that leaves most of the world in a state of confusion over what measures could be taken to hopefully catch someone or a group before they can strike.

    What happened in Nice, where when a large truck was used as a weapon to...

  • Lessons from the US presidential campaigns
    Jul 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Lessons from the US presidential campaigns

    There is more than enough to learn about the world of politics by simply observing what is happening in America, as Republicans and Democrats have become entangled in perhaps one of the most bizarre, perplexing and bitter encounters in the nation’s history as the time draws near to elect a new president to replace the outgoing Barack Obama.

    The tone of the atmosphere is supercharged with anxiety, especially with massive divisions over...

  • Our children are at risk of becoming desperate
    Jul 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Our children are at risk of becoming desperate

    It may seem somewhat confusing to state that our children are at risk, when daily we see and hear of expanding opportunities in so many areas for young people. This during a time when more doors are opening for potential careers than ever before.

    The irony is that the full picture of challenges they face in a world of fast-moving negative distractions, and changing values, results often in the vulnerable falling through the cracks in...

  • A wake-up call for America
    Jul 9, 2016 8:00 am

    A wake-up call for America

    The dramatic footage of a man dying as his girlfriend tried to relate to the world what was happening via her mobile phone, after he was shot apparently several times by police in the wake of a traffic stop over a defective light, may be the last straw for that nation in confronting what even President Barack Obama described as having racial undertones.

    Speaking to the nation after the shooting deaths by police of two black men in the...

  • An epidemic with no apparent cure
    Jul 6, 2016 8:00 am

    An epidemic with no apparent cure

    In recent years just about every possible scheme has been tried, to curb the high rate of speeding on Bermuda’s roads, even using methods to show graphic injuries suffered in high-speed crashes, with little or no change in attitudes by too many of our motorists.

    The situation appears to have reached a stage where driving at the recommended speed according to laws designed to promote safety is seen as a handicap by some riders and...

  • World on alert for strange new war
    Jul 2, 2016 8:00 am

    World on alert for strange new war

    Much of the world, especially airports, are deeply engaged in trying to avoid what some experts feel is the unavoidable when terrorists resort to bold acts of mass murder, with absolutely no regard for the innocent or even their lives, in trying to stamp an ideology of hatred against all who oppose a concept of brutal violence. This is done to create fear and a false dominance.

    Millions in the Middle East have been uprooted with many...

  • Waiting for the fallout
    Jun 30, 2016 8:00 am

    Waiting for the fallout

    During the tense international situation in the early Sixties, the potential for nuclear conflict loomed when Russian ships with missile parts were heading for Cuba — after being warned not to do so by the United States Government — with the rest of the world concerned not only about the possibility of nuclear war, but also about the fallout for those countries not directly involved.

    In that scenario, the effects of deadly radiation...

  • Why we need more heroes
    Jun 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Why we need more heroes

    Sir John Swan, the former Premier of Bermuda who recently became the newest national hero to be honoured for services to the island, mentioned how everyone could be a hero by simply staying positive and focus on helping to contribute in many ways to improving life for all.

    He seemed to be making the point that all heroes may never be in the spotlight, but that what they do could put the spotlight on others.

    Most of us can recall...

  • New concerns about the lone wolf
    Jun 25, 2016 8:00 am

    New concerns about the lone wolf

    The barbershop is usually a place for discussion on just about any subject. Recently, one person reflecting on tragic events both in America and in Britain suggested that we are living in times when it matters little where you are, and that one must be constantly alert for the unexpected from the “lone wolf” terrorist. It made me think a little deeper about the danger of terrorism.

    Bermudians, like many other people around the world,...

  • Confused signals and public reaction
    Jun 18, 2016 8:00 am

    Confused signals and public reaction

    Most of us are not privy to detailed information regarding decisions by those in authority on a number of important issues, especially when it involves consideration for a Bermudian to fill the post of Commissioner of Education. Having had someone hired from overseas who fell so terribly short in performance that he had to be dismissed, it leaves one wondering about the selection process.

    Officials involved in that process should not be...

  • Human rights, civil rights and values
    Jun 13, 2016 8:00 am

    Human rights, civil rights and values

    The issues of human rights, civil rights and values for positive living have been challenges for centuries. Throughout the ages, millions have perished in conflicts fought for freedom, respect and civil order.

    Whenever the subject of freedom arises, it is usually followed by the word “democracy”, which is a symbol of freedom that allows people to choose a government of their choice, along with a platform for approval or disapproval on...

  • Turning a page in American history
    Jun 11, 2016 8:00 am

    Turning a page in American history

    Bermuda has always been associated with much of American history, which included involvement in a civil war that almost destroyed that nation. It was fought mainly over the issue of human rights for all, as ending slavery ushered in a chapter of new challenges that persist today.

    Even when slavery was abolished on paper, after thousands of Americans had perished mostly in the Southern fields of battle, an even greater battle lay ahead,...

  • The mark of a good leader
    Jun 9, 2016 8:00 am

    The mark of a good leader

    The world seems to be clamouring for a leader capable of embracing the best qualities of all cultures, along with an unquestionable commitment to the highest standards of respect and decency, and with an unshakeable vision for creating justice and fair play for every human being.

    That is irrespective of religion, race or ethnicity.

    It is never a question of finding someone perfect, since every human is flawed in some way.

  • Without the free press, democracy dies
    Jun 8, 2016 8:00 am

    Without the free press, democracy dies

    There will always be ferocious opponents to the free press, especially when their task of revealing truths runs counter to objectives of some who prefer a steamroller approach in crushing efforts to put the journalism microscope on various subjects that raise questions about accountability and transparency on matters of public concern.

    Throughout the ages, the free press has generally accepted that what they do places them in the...

  • The gun issue – a community problem
    Jun 3, 2016 8:00 am

    The gun issue – a community problem

    When the trigger is pulled, setting off a small explosion in the gun chamber, within a second not one, but many lives could drastically change when a victim falls to the ground in a lifeless form. There are countless questions as to why and how such acts of violence continue on such a small island that prides itself in being safe and peaceful.

    Most Bermudians who care about a trend that seems unstoppable are becoming more than concerned...

  • We must continue to hope  history will not repeat itself
    Jun 2, 2016 8:00 am

    We must continue to hope history will not repeat itself

    Wars of every type usually result in mass casualties, with most of them civilian, as powerful weapons destroy life whether it is military personnel or the innocent. Everyone is caught up in violent conflict over the pursuit of ultimate power and control by those nations who resent the concept of true freedom.

    Mankind seems incapable, or unwilling, to learn from the countless pages of history that show that failure to share life on this...

  • Governments and public relations
    May 28, 2016 8:00 am

    Governments and public relations

    Governments in free societies operate under the banner of democracy, or at least they should, since democracy is still hailed as a system that in its true form provides the people with a voice on matters that concern their welfare, especially when it comes to major projects.

    The most tricky business for any government outside of dictatorial regimes is to perform with such transparency that even during difficult times, the relationship...

  • Only truth is keeping good journalism alive
    May 25, 2016 8:00 am

    Only truth is keeping good journalism alive

    Seeking the truth in a world awash with a multitude of streaming information about situations, ranging from the impact of climate change, to constant threats of international terrorism that has everyone on edge, is extremely challenging in this age of events where almost everything is flashed into living rooms seconds after they occur.

    The likelihood for error is extremely high, even for the best of journalists when media competition is...

  • Texting in church? Surely, it’s a question of values
    May 20, 2016 8:00 am

    Texting in church? Surely, it’s a question of values

    Almost every day, we hear the phrase “it is a different world and things have changed, including children”. Many people are taking the view that the rushing tide of materialistic focus, along with vanishing values that build character, in an “almost anything goes” atmosphere, raises many questions about the value structure on our island.

    Families are struggling to retain good values such as respect, honesty and a commitment to doing...

  • Co-operation vital to a productive tourist season
    May 16, 2016 8:00 am

    Co-operation vital to a productive tourist season

    The stage seems set for a potentially successful tourist season, which could benefit all Bermudians in some way. But much will depend on how well the Government, unions, employers and employees are willing to work closer together to keep our hospitality machine well oiled to produce success.

    Most Bermudians are acutely aware that labour disputes will occur from time to time, and past experiences should be a lesson that work stoppages,...

  • Exercise caution with the cannabis issue
    May 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Exercise caution with the cannabis issue

    Much of the world is battling with addiction problems of all types that include legal and illegal substances, which when misused have taken a heavy toll and have left devastated families in communities across the globe. With an ocean of various forms of addiction, it is a subject that continues to generate considerable debate, especially on the pros and cons of cannabis.

    Tragically, addiction has also affected the young and especially...

  • Concerns that cannot be ignored
    May 10, 2016 8:00 am

    Concerns that cannot be ignored

    Declining standards in behavioural attitudes, especially during public functions, have been a growing concern for years in Bermuda — and there seems to be no ready-made answers, even though constant appeals are made by officials urging the public to be respectful towards others as people gather in large numbers to celebrate events such as Bermuda Day.

    During the summer months, a number of public events have been scheduled and it is no...

  • What makes Heritage Month so special
    May 7, 2016 8:00 am

    What makes Heritage Month so special

    It is not just the glitter of the Bermuda Day Parade, and the half-marathon event, along with countless picnics and other events to be staged this month, but the real meaning behind it all runs far deeper. Many of our seniors who have toiled over decades to make Bermuda better have much to ponder, both negative and positive about our journey to this stage. What is so vitally important is that, despite having to deal with institutional social...

  • What is expected from our parliamentarians
    May 6, 2016 8:00 am

    What is expected from our parliamentarians

    No special credentials are required to decide whether our parliamentarians are serving the people with the highest standard of transparency and respect as they conduct the business of the people. There are a number of pressing issues that will truly test their ability to refrain from attacking each other in a negative manner, which detracts from trying to solve problems of the day.

    No one should be so naive as to assume that there will...

  • People in the middle really do matter
    Apr 30, 2016 8:00 am

    People in the middle really do matter

    When people have that “joined at the hip” political syndrome, which is to be found in just about any democratic country, insufficient attention can be paid to those who find themselves in the middle; those who yearn for true justice, fair play and transparency from authorities of the day. This gives assurance that whatever is being done is in the best interests of all.

    It will always be those in the middle, drawn from every facet of...

  • Losing core values threatens our future
    Apr 27, 2016 8:00 am

    Losing core values threatens our future

    Bermuda is trying to navigate its way through an ocean of changing perceptions over core values that most societies rely on for continuity.

    This is being done with a view to trying to build solid citizens who, in whatever they do, never lose sight of respect, honesty, and truth.

    Without good values, the infrastructure of any society could deteriorate, creating conditions that threaten peace, freedom and an orderly...

  • Respect and decency should come before political ambition
    Apr 25, 2016 8:00 am

    Respect and decency should come before political ambition

    Around the world in democratic jurisdictions, political campaigns by various groups to retain or gain power can be clouded by hidden agendas, with so many twists and turns, that the average citizen begins to wonder if transparency and truth is no longer relevant, in a world where only the powerful call the shots in determining what is good or bad for the people.

    In America, even some of the best political observers in the business are...

  • Remember what makes Bermuda so special
    Apr 21, 2016 8:00 am

    Remember what makes Bermuda so special

    Bermuda has faced many challenges throughout our history, and only perseverance and the power of the Bermudian spirit during dark moments has kept us from failure as a people chosen by fate to occupy this beautiful island in the Atlantic.

    Despite our size and small population, there are still too many areas of conflict, mainly politically based, with shades of social injustices of the past hindering further progress.

    We need to...

  • Bermuda must face up to painful truths
    Apr 19, 2016 8:00 am

    Bermuda must face up to painful truths

    True democracy should be a system where justice overrides blind allegiance, which usually contains negative emotions that cloud the ability to allow the bright light of transparency to illuminate a particular problem. This is essential in keeping truth as the ultimate goal in building a strong society.

    In the political arena, throughout much of the world, it is the people who have been at the mercy of unbridled power from groups that...

  • ‘A little child shall lead them’
    Apr 16, 2016 8:00 am

    ‘A little child shall lead them’

    The late Sir John Sharp, a former Premier, would have been more than delighted over a programme aimed at developing leadership qualities being conducted by Francis Patton Elementary School, under the guidance of Garita Coddington, the principal.

    The reason being that in a conversation we had once on changing patterns of behaviour in our schools, Sir John felt it would be good to institute character-building qualities in addition to...

  • Losing young minds not an option
    Apr 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Losing young minds not an option

    Summer in Bermuda is always very special because our warm waters and delightful sunshine helps to create a mood for outdoor activity, with beach parties and other events that even our visitors enjoy in an atmosphere of glowing hospitality. It is a season that most Bermudians welcome each year, and we certainly hope that never changes.

    However, in the fast pace of today’s society, people race about as though there is no tomorrow, plus...

  • The Ag Show: let us all celebrate a positive
    Apr 9, 2016 8:00 am

    The Ag Show: let us all celebrate a positive

    In recent times, there has been considerable conflict over how various issues are being handled that affect the lives of Bermudians, with no shortage of strong words between those for or against a particular subject. It has not been an easy time for those in the centre; those who yearn for a calm meeting of the minds in a manner that is constructive in solving problems with logic and reasoning.

    A sigh of relief could be felt throughout...

  • Promoting conflict keeps divisiveness alive
    Apr 6, 2016 8:00 am

    Promoting conflict keeps divisiveness alive

    Bermuda is going through a crucial period in the quest to rekindle the old-fashioned spirit that helped us to rise above the many obstacles of our past. Sheer determination and commitment were the foundation of life lessons that nothing can defeat justice, dignity and truth when we focus on the positive and let the negative pass on by.

    A significant challenge for elected officials and community leaders in our Bermuda today is not just...

  • Crime and community safety
    Apr 2, 2016 8:00 am

    Crime and community safety

    In recent years, the subject of crime in Bermuda has been discussed with mixed views as to what is motivating such activity. This continues to affect the tone of our society in relation to values that many years ago allowed Bermudians to leave windows and doors open during the summer months without fear of intrusion.

    That practice ended years ago and, while some may be in denial, illegal drug activity has generated addicts in all walks...

  • Terrorism: the enemy of peace
    Mar 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Terrorism: the enemy of peace

    Much of the world was stunned last week by yet another gruesome act of terrorism, this time in Belgium, where innocent lives were taken by extremists who seem to have one objective: destroy and kill those opposed to their ideology, irrespective of who or where they are.

    The dreaded and deeply feared Isis group, with fanatical followers scattered throughout the world, have many observers declaring that a war against people who cherish...

  • Strong leadership needed for success
    Mar 26, 2016 8:00 am

    Strong leadership needed for success

    Bermuda can move away from a wobbly and highly divisive political atmosphere only if those emotional barriers, many a result of our social history, are torn down to open a path for people of all races, and political and religious persuasions to create community life that is inclusive, peaceful and respectful.

    This is where good, strong leadership is called for, with the ability to have a vision that connects with people in a way that...

  • Making the most out of a new beginning
    Mar 21, 2016 8:00 am

    Making the most out of a new beginning

    The Easter celebration for Christians around the world is special despite the dark moment known as Good Friday, when it seemed the light of hope for a better world was extinguished through the crucifixion of Christ on a hill, along with two thieves.

    However, the Christian faith is anchored in the belief that a new beginning unfolded for all through His resurrection days later.

    With respect for religions globally, and ideologies...

  • Communication not intimidation the key
    Mar 19, 2016 8:00 am

    Communication not intimidation the key

    Having a disagreement is one of the fundamental traits of the human experience and throughout history has always been at the centre of disputes between individuals, groups and even countries.

    This has happened to a degree where the inability to sort out opposing views has led to unbridled conflict with devastating results.

    When tempers exceed the boiling point over a particular issue, there is less opportunity to discuss all...

  • Hatred the ingredient of self-destruction
    Mar 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Hatred the ingredient of self-destruction

    During the early fifties when racism was still an acute problem throughout much of the world, life for many who had a different skin colour or ethnic origin was nothing short of a nightmare.

    The struggle for true justice for all continued, despite a civil war in America that claimed thousands of lives over the issue of slavery.

    Racial hatred was so profound, that in the world of entertainment, African-Americans were portrayed in...

  • Never abandon the negotiating table
    Mar 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Never abandon the negotiating table

    The table of brotherhood envisioned by the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr will never become reality without making full use of the negotiating table to sort out political, racial or ethnic differences that have left so many large and small countries in disarray. Hatred and divisiveness in those regards have ruled the day.

    Out-of-control anger and rage may be appealing to certain segments of a society facing tough times...

  • Democracy thrives on transparency and accountability
    Mar 10, 2016 8:00 am

    Democracy thrives on transparency and accountability

    Bermuda is going through a challenging time as it attempts to regain its economic footing in the face of numerous problems affecting the lives of everyone, whether they are for the government of the day, the One Bermuda Alliance, or the Opposition, the Progressive Labour Party.

    The real test for this island is whether our political leaders from both sides can rise above the dark clouds of mistrust and divisiveness to strengthen the...

  • Troubling attitudes and road safety
    Mar 5, 2016 8:00 am

    Troubling attitudes and road safety

    A veteran airline pilot once remarked that travelling through the skies at hundreds of miles an hour, high above the Earth, was not as challenging as getting from his home to the airport. He explained that, in his vehicle on the highway, safety depended on being alert for some motorists who choose to flirt with danger by ignoring traffic rules. This often has devastating results before the police can intervene.

    The pilot went on to say...

  • A political hearing problem
    Mar 1, 2016 8:00 am

    A political hearing problem

    There was a great deal to observe from the recent Republican debate involving five GOP presidential candidates vying for the White House, as they locked horns in a final bid to convince voters before what is referred to as Super Tuesday. A clearer picture should emerge as who will be the one to go up against the Democrats in the upcoming election.

    That debate, which was moderated by the celebrated CNN veteran Wolf Blitzer, was expected...

  • Promoting respect for each other is the way forward
    Feb 27, 2016 8:00 am

    Promoting respect for each other is the way forward

    When we lose respect for each other, whether it is at the kitchen table or on the front lines of political activity, the inability to reason within an atmosphere of decency and sound judgment has a tendency to create negative emotions that appeal to those who prefer bulldozer tactics in trying to solve problems.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a disagreement, which is a fundamental element of democracy. Within the best of...

  • Illegal drugs and our children
    Feb 23, 2016 8:00 am

    Illegal drugs and our children

    There is a great deal of pride in many young people in Bermuda who strive to make positive contributions in a number of fields both here and abroad, and that must be encouraged throughout the island, as the struggle continues to not only climb out of a troubled economic state, but also to maintain strong values.

    Our children are the candles that will light our future, and when even one candle is robbed of its potential to burn brightly,...

  • Valuable lessons from the international space station
    Feb 16, 2016 8:00 am

    Valuable lessons from the international space station

    Bermuda has forged its way through periods of difficult times, and not without great sacrifice by many who will probably never have their names on an honour roll. Nevertheless, they contributed significantly to helping to preserve common good values for living that promote respect, order and a keen sense for doing what is right — even in the face of those who prefer marching to a different drumbeat.

    This age-old dilemma has been a part...

  • We are all part of this incredible journey
    Feb 13, 2016 8:00 am

    We are all part of this incredible journey

    For centuries, millions of people suffered and died at the hands of those who used power, greed and relentless hatred towards other human beings because they either had the “wrong” skin colour or were ethically and religiously rejected as inferior.

    The world has been struggling for thousands of years to eliminate evil concepts that some people were worthy only to be slaves, while others milked the land for whatever they felt brought...

  • Better communication leads to less confusion
    Feb 11, 2016 8:00 am

    Better communication leads to less confusion

    One of the biggest stumbling blocks for most political parties in democratic jurisdictions is the inability to communicate well with the people once in power, and the result usually is confusion, mistrust and ultimately a loss of confidence. The easiest way to lose a government is to lose the people’s trust.

    For most governments, this can become quite complicated when a sensitive initiative aimed at helping to improve conditions causes...

  • 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.


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