• The most wonderful time of the year

    The most wonderful time of the year

    Here we are again about to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year — that is, of course, if you believe in the incarnation that teaches most emphatically the virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    We accept that all do not believe this incredible story of the bright star in the sky, the angelic host making the proclamation “Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth goodwill toward men”.

    For those of us who...

  • Lasting legacy of a business leader

    Lasting legacy of a business leader

    In your tribute to Donald Lines — who passed away last week aged 82 — you unfortunately missed one of Donald’s greatest and longest lasting achievements.

    As the Bank of Bermuda approached its 100th anniversary, Donald was looking for a way to celebrate the Bank’s success and give back to the community.

    Around that time, the Bank’s largest shareholder, Midland Bank, indicated that it wanted to sell its five per cent stake in the bank.

    The bank purchased...

    • Dec 18, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Be inspired to help broken souls

    Be inspired to help broken souls

    On December 5, the first anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela was commemorated locally and abroad.

    I wish to draw attention to the birth of what I will call Mandela’s defining moment of transformation: the launch of the military “Spear of the Nation”, of which he was the first commander in chief.

    Mark the date: December 16, 1961, when an oppressed, indigenous people demonstrated that they would no longer meekly turn the other cheek. Sixteen years before,...

    • Dec 17, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Why not outsource prisoners?

    Why not outsource prisoners?

    December 10, 2014

    Dear Sir

    This is an open letter to Premier and Minister of National Security, Mr Dunkley. I sometimes read incredibly intelligent ideas put froward by normal people both in the letters section of the RG or in a blog on social media. Most often these ideas seem never to go anywhere and I suspect it’s because the typical reaction of people who govern is to look at the obstacles and not the possibilities. I am also amazed that no one ever seems...

    • Dec 15, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Kathy Ming – you put me in a great mood!

    December 11, 2014

    Dear Mr Editor,

    I’m emailing this morning to acknowledge Ms Kathy Hayward Ming of the Department of Planning for the experience she created for me yesterday. At a time when all Civil Servants are so often painted with a broad brush stroke of being inefficient, ineffective and lacking in customer service excellence, I believe it more than appropriate to acknowledge those that go above and beyond. Kathy is one such...

    • Dec 15, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Something should be done

    Every night I am forced to watch various opposition figures come on TV and quarrel about the airport and the latest thing their arch-enemy Mr. Fahy seems to have done or why Kim Swan didn’t get a job, but I never hear the OBA come on TV and ask why there have been no investigations on the millions of dollars which were wasted or taken during the...

    • Dec 6, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Such talent will be sorely missed

    Such talent will be sorely missed

    I would like to convey my deepest sympathy to all who are connected with The Royal Gazette. You must all be absolutely devastated about the loss of Peter Woolcock.

    He was probably the loveliest man I had ever met.His talent will be sorely missed by everyone. He was particularly good to me with all the cartoons which included me. I loved his great sense of humour which was always obvious.

    He was a...

    • Dec 6, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Dear Peter, you enriched our lives for ever

    We have lost a man of “his time” and yet that cannot be true, for “his time” has left us memories that no amount of time can ever diminish. Time spent spinning his magical artistry, with a subtle sensibility for fun and humour that touched us all, integrity to his art, but most of all his abiding love for his fellow man and family that pervaded all he said and did.

    We can say that as we were privileged to live in his...

    • Dec 6, 2014 8:00 am
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  • How youth can turn trials into triumphs

    As a result of running away from home at the age of 15, I found myself being sent abroad to Utah, to a vocational boarding school.

    Although it’s called a boarding school, it can be likened to that of a juvenile detention centre. There were locks and alarms on the doors, you had every second of your day scheduled for you.

    I found myself 1,500 miles away from Bermuda. I didn’t know anyone and, quite frankly, I was scared.

    There I first...

    • Dec 2, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Sickened by golf course report

    Sickened by golf course report

    Having just read the opinion piece of MP Sylvan Richards, and the report by Jonathan Bell of the Port Royal refurbishment project, I feel sick to my stomach.

    There is so much suggestion of financial malfeasance, corruption, incompetence and disregard for the people’s money.

    The Auditor General says that those who neglected to protect public funds must be held to account. She went on to say she found extensive cost overruns, a lack of...

    • Dec 1, 2014 8:00 am
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  • House has been hijacked by a culture of evil

    It has become abundantly clear that our legislature, who are elected by the voters of this Island and are deemed to be honourable members of our august house of Parliament, has now been hijacked by a virulent virus of low brow and very base behaviour.

    We hear the Lord’s prayer offered at the beginning of every session of the House for divine oversight over the deliberations of the people’s business. This is in keeping with Christianity being the...

    • Dec 1, 2014 8:00 am
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