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  • Immigration has everything to do with politics
    Jan 17, 2020 8:00 am

    Immigration has everything to do with politics

    “Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.” — Winston Churchill

    For months, I resisted watching a very popular Netflix series by the name of The...

  • Always move with the times
    Jan 10, 2020 8:00 am

    Always move with the times

    “Now Main Street’s whitewashed windows and vacant stores

    Seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more

    They’re closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks

    Foreman says these jobs are going,...

  • The problem with online comments
    Jan 3, 2020 8:00 am

    The problem with online comments

    A few days ago, I bumped into someone who on a daily basis has a lot to say online about politics and what the Government should or should not do.

    Initially, I was a bit excited to see them, thinking that they would expound their opinions...

  • Our future is all in our hands
    Dec 28, 2019 8:00 am

    Our future is all in our hands

    In the blink of an eye it will be 2020. Some will claim it as a new decade, while others will say 2021 is the start of a new decade. Putting aside the semantics, it will be a new month and new year.

    The question we have to ask ourselves as...

  • Déjà vu in the BVI’s House of Assembly
    Dec 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Déjà vu in the BVI’s House of Assembly

    I had the opportunity and privilege last Friday, December 13, of getting to sit in the House of Assembly.

    No, not the House of Assembly of Bermuda, but the House of Assembly for the Virgin Islands. Located in the heart of Road Town,...

  • Leader of men, teacher of many
    Dec 14, 2019 8:00 am

    Leader of men, teacher of many

    “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”

    — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    In the...

  • My unlikely friendship with Tim
    Dec 6, 2019 8:00 am

    My unlikely friendship with Tim

    “Do not glad-hand me!”

    Dear Tim,

    Do you remember your first spoken words to me more than five years ago at the gas station on Par-la-Ville Road?

    Apparently, still extremely irate at a comment I made about an...

  • Adhesive old guard sending young progressives out on fool’s errands
    Nov 30, 2019 8:00 am

    Adhesive old guard sending young progressives out on fool’s errands

    Not surprisingly, there are those of the opinion that elected persons are mortal enemies who, at no time whatsoever, share any form of human compassion among themselves.

    This is far from the truth, and in fact many are extremely friendly,...

  • Welcome to your new family up on the Hill
    Nov 22, 2019 8:00 am

    Welcome to your new family up on the Hill

    Dear Jason,

    By the time you read this, the results will be in and final. No matter the results, you are always a winner to us, your family.

    Why do I say this?

    Well, basically, since the day you were born, the family have seen...

  • Scratchie: the King of Angle Street
    Nov 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Scratchie: the King of Angle Street

    “Your hair is too long; you are going to get it cut!”

    “March yourself round to Angle Street!”

    “It’s back-to-school time, so you know what you have to do.”

    “You had your ears lifted.”

    Words that...

  • Separating the individuals from the issues
    Nov 8, 2019 8:00 am

    Separating the individuals from the issues

    A friend of mine once said to me that people tend to address or attack individuals when instead they should address or attack issues. Over the past few weeks, various personal and online discussions have helped to illustrate this salient...

  • Contrasting track records on the economy
    Nov 1, 2019 8:00 am

    Contrasting track records on the economy

    Over the past few weeks and months, many of us have heard remarks from various One Bermuda Alliance senators and MPs about state the economy.

    Perhaps, the most vocal on the economic front has been OBA Senate leader Nick Kempe.

    Let...

  • We must press on with Walton in our hearts
    Oct 25, 2019 8:00 am

    We must press on with Walton in our hearts

    Hi ho, hi ho, it’s back to canvassing we go. With the unexpected passing of Walton Brown Jr, there now lies a vacancy of an elected representative in Constituency 17.

    As such, a by-election has been called for November 21. As with all other...

  • Bo Bo was our Firefighter hero No 91
    Oct 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Bo Bo was our Firefighter hero No 91

    “Dready got a job to do,

    And he’s got to fulfil that mission ...

    Natty Dread rides again,

    Through the mystics of tomorrow,

    Natty Dread rides again:

    Have no fear, have no sorrow”

    —...

  • Trio’s legacy lives on
    Oct 11, 2019 8:00 am

    Trio’s legacy lives on

    Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them.

    Start with what they know. Build with what they have.

    But with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say: “We have done...

  • An insulting proposition from Richards
    Oct 4, 2019 8:00 am

    An insulting proposition from Richards

    Last week during the motion to adjourn in the House of Assembly, those in the chambers and, indeed, the wider listening audience were treated to former Cabinet minister Sylvan Richards throwing a challenge to members of the Progressive Labour...

  • Thanks for recovery effort after Humberto
    Sep 27, 2019 8:00 am

    Thanks for recovery effort after Humberto

    Roads impassable? Here come the heavy equipment operators. Trees blocking your driveway? Here come the landscapers.

    Roofs damaged? Here come the carpenter and masons. Phone lines down? Here come the telephone technicians. Wi-fi gone? Here...

  • Writing is on the wall: climate change
    Sep 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Writing is on the wall: climate change

    Hurricane Fabian 2003

    Hurricane Katrina 2005

    Hurricane Sandy 2012

    Hurricane Fay 2014

    Hurricane Gonzalo 2014

    Hurricane Nicole 2016

    Hurricane Harvey 2017

    Hurricane Irma 2017

    Hurricane Maria...

  • Less ‘us and them’, more ‘us and us’
    Sep 13, 2019 8:00 am

    Less ‘us and them’, more ‘us and us’

    Unfortunately, there has always been a certain element in Bermuda that has attempted to tell us constantly that we are not a part of the Caribbean, either geographically or culturally, and that we should have nothing to do with “those...

  • Tale of two parades – separate and unequal
    Sep 6, 2019 8:00 am

    Tale of two parades – separate and unequal

    “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have” — James Baldwin

    Over the past week or so, we have seen Bermuda divided yet once...

  • Be grateful for unions
    Aug 30, 2019 8:00 am

    Be grateful for unions

    When we wake up in the morning and turn on our lights, we can thank union members. When we drive to work on paved public highways, we can thank union members.

    When we go to the hospital and receive care from medical professionals, we can...

  • Confidence returning to BVI
    Aug 23, 2019 8:00 am

    Confidence returning to BVI

    Welcome to the Virgin Islands, welcome home,” said immigration officer Brodie, as I arrived at the Terrance Lettsome Airport, on Beef Island in the British Virgin Islands.

    As with Bermuda, in most “small island” communities, everyone knows...

  • Wadadli, our home away from home
    Aug 16, 2019 8:00 am

    Wadadli, our home away from home

    Imagine if you will, a young man leaves home at age 20 and, apart from the occasional visit here and there, he never returns home to live.

    Second, imagine if you will, apart from an occasional visit, his children never return to the home of...

  • Who should we honour during emancipation?
    Aug 9, 2019 8:00 am

    Who should we honour during emancipation?

    It is often interesting, sadly interesting, to see persons attempt to twist the reality of any given situation to justify a gross wrong.

    Once again, during our emancipation celebrations, the topics of the enslaved writer Mary Prince and Sir...

  • Hail to a living legend, Aunt Helen
    Jul 26, 2019 8:00 am

    Hail to a living legend, Aunt Helen

    Last week, I received, this somewhat ominous WhatsApp message.

    “Dear MP Famous, your aunt Helen Mateen has asked me to invite you to speak at her pre-Cup Match party this Thursday (July 18) evening at her home in Dr Cann Memorial Seniors...

  • Two years in power and still humbled
    Jul 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Two years in power and still humbled

    “Feel the needs of others more than your own” — Emperor Haile Selassie

    On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, I lay awake in my bed attempting to contemplate the fullness of the day before. A day that...

  • Giving thanks in our hour of need
    Jul 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Giving thanks in our hour of need

    Chris, there is a fire at the house!”

    Words no man or woman wants to hear from their spouse or significant other. On July 2, there was a minor fire at my wife’s salon. No fire is minor, but this was minor compared with what might have...

  • New scholarship provides an opportunity at UWI
    Jun 28, 2019 8:00 am

    New scholarship provides an opportunity at UWI

    Last Friday, the Minister of Education, Diallo Rabain, made a monumental statement in Parliament.

    “Mr Speaker, it gives me great pleasure today to rise and give notice of the renewal of the relationship between the Bermudian people...

  • A family where safety always comes first
    Jun 21, 2019 8:00 am

    A family where safety always comes first

    A few months ago there was a gathering of Bermudians at an event recognising long-service employees — persons who had served one particular company for a range of between ten and 50 years.

    Yes, shockingly, there are people who have worked...

  • OTs well equipped to be our own experts
    Jun 14, 2019 8:00 am

    OTs well equipped to be our own experts

    On Sunday on Hott 107.5FM, beginning at 8pm, we will once again have a Cross-Caribbean Conversation/Territories Talk with guests from other British Overseas Territories.

    Our line-up of panellists this month consists of the following...

  • Take a shot: you can only miss so many times
    Jun 7, 2019 8:00 am

    Take a shot: you can only miss so many times

    Wolves Sports Club will be hosting their annual end-of-season prize-giving ceremony at Elliot Primary School tomorrow starting at 6.30pm. For those who are not familiar with Wolves, it is the sports club for eastern Devonshire. Generations of...

  • No shame in wanting to put your people first
    May 31, 2019 8:00 am

    No shame in wanting to put your people first

    It is always interesting, sadly interesting, to see or hear people call Bermudians xenophobic or protectionist, simply because they wish to ensure the best for themselves, their families and their fellow Bermudians.

    A recent article in...

  • Things we should be thankful for
    May 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Things we should be thankful for

    “Gratitude is a must” — Koffee

    Jamaican reggae artist Koffee has a global hit song, Toast, that speaks to the need for us, as human beings, to be grateful for everything that we have in life.

  • The do’s and don’ts of social media
    May 10, 2019 8:00 am

    The do’s and don’ts of social media

    At the recently concluded Commonwealth Parliamentary Association strengthening seminar held on May 1 and 2, I was honoured to give a presentation regarding the use of social media by parliamentarians.

    The title of that particular session...

  • Competition needed to drive down our rates
    May 3, 2019 8:00 am

    Competition needed to drive down our rates

    I have been contacted by a number of people with regard to the recent op-ed about mobile rates and roaming rates.

    Clearly, a cross-section of Bermudians have experienced frustration with having to pay one of the highest data rates in the...

  • The data just does not add up
    Apr 26, 2019 8:00 am

    The data just does not add up

    A few days ago, a gentleman posted on the Facebook group MAJ’s List his outrage of being hit with a $950 roaming charge fee from a local mobile phone service provider.

    Subsequently, others chimed in with similar stories of being hit with...

  • Fitting send-off for the Queen of Devonshire
    Apr 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Fitting send-off for the Queen of Devonshire

    “I wanna say I lived each day, until I die

    And know that I meant something in somebody’s life

    The hearts I have touched will be the proof that I leave

    That I made a difference, and this world will see

    I was...

  • Follow Theodosia’s example and get back to basics
    Apr 5, 2019 8:00 am

    Follow Theodosia’s example and get back to basics

    “The truth is an offence but not a sin.” — Bob Marley

    During the course of our lives, we will be faced with either having to tell people what they want to hear or telling them what they need to...

  • St Kitts, our home away from home
    Mar 29, 2019 8:00 am

    St Kitts, our home away from home

    Country above self is the motto of the twin-island federation of St Kitts & Nevis. A motto that is, evidently, not just words, but a daily way of life.

    This ancestral Caribbean homeland of an extremely large proportion of Bermudians...

  • Regional solidarity is our greatest defence against European bullies
    Mar 22, 2019 8:00 am

    Regional solidarity is our greatest defence against European bullies

    “I know we Bermudians like to think that we are a cut above all other offshore financial centres. I was personally a fierce proponent of that viewpoint, both at home and abroad. But I have had a ‘road to Damascus’ moment on this issue...

  • Unity in face of colonial economic oppression
    Mar 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Unity in face of colonial economic oppression

    In February, Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier, and I were chosen to represent Bermuda at the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of Caricom held in St Kitts.

    Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by two...

  • Bermudians come first in immigration reform
    Mar 2, 2019 8:00 am

    Bermudians come first in immigration reform

    “The truth is an offence but not a sin.” — Bob Marley

    Below are some of the constant narratives expounded by those closely related to the OBA:

    “We need more boots on the ground.” ­— Opposition...

  • Trust me, we’re not doing it just for the food
    Feb 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Trust me, we’re not doing it just for the food

    As a follow-up to last week’s missive about community service hours, it gives great pleasure to state that over the weekend a number of young and not so young men came out to assist with the scraping and painting of a wall in Green Acres,...

  • High school graduation is a community event in every sense
    Feb 8, 2019 8:00 am

    High school graduation is a community event in every sense

    Within a few short months, hundreds of our young adults will be standing together wearing caps and gowns for their respective high school graduation ceremonies.

    A culmination of between 12 and 13 years from primary school to senior school.

  • Much to be said for the rally system
    Feb 1, 2019 8:00 am

    Much to be said for the rally system

    A few days ago I was browsing the internet and came across a headline that caught my attention.

    “Forget the banks, build your own home”

    Something jumped out at me and said, “read it a bit more”. Upon doing so, it became glowingly...

  • Cayman Crosstalk coming to Bermuda
    Jan 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Cayman Crosstalk coming to Bermuda

    “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”

    — the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr

    On February 10, please join us on Hott 107.5FM with host Kim Swan and myself...

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