• Returning to beloved Bermuda after 46 years

    Returning to beloved Bermuda after 46 years

    At the occasion of the 50th anniversary of my first arrival in Bermuda, I wanted to share with you what Bermuda has meant to me and how it has affected my life.

    People ask me what was the best place you’ve ever lived. There has never been a question what that place was — Bermuda 1965 to 1969.

    For many years now, I’ve been wanting to come back for a visit, but life, business or family considerations have prevented...

  • Governance by litigation is not democratic

    Governance by litigation is not democratic

    It should give us all consternation that local politics is becoming a circus played out in the courts due to accusation, allegations and what appears to be outright lies to discredit your opposition politically.

    It is disturbing that guilt by accusation seems to be the now-preferred strategy going forward, knowing this will resonate with your chosen support base.

    It would be reasonable to sympathise with irresponsible claims of theft, extortion and lewd sexual...

    • Aug 29, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Campaign can dish it out but can’t take it

    Campaign can dish it out but can’t take it

    Can you believe this? After making hysterical claims on August 19 that the Government was interfering with its freedom of speech, the People’s Campaign actually spent the rest of the week shutting down the public’s freedom to comment on its claims. I kid you not!

    Word has it that their lawyer wrote to both Bernews and The Royal Gazette, demanding that they shut down comments on their coverage of the Campaign’s press conference. Your paper, Mr Editor, gave in to that...

    • Aug 28, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Mr Richards should not be hiding facts

    Mr Richards should not be hiding facts

    After listening to Bob Richards, the Minister of Finance, on television and his steadfast refusal to divulge income figures to the Bermuda public in relation to the airport project, it raises a few questions. Mr Richards should not be hiding the facts.

    His very arrogant stance where he refused to substantiate or dispel the rumours of the revenue to be given up over 30 years does little to boost his or his party’s credibility in the eyes of the Bermuda...

    • Aug 27, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Alarmed by Mangrove Bay advert

    Alarmed by Mangrove Bay advert

    We were surprised, shocked and somewhat alarmed at the advert requesting the development of Mangrove Bay in The Royal Gazette on Tuesday, August 18.

    This year, we attended a meeting held by the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) here in Somerset. At the meeting, the large majority felt that post-hurricane cleanup of the beach was needed. Even more important, it was unanimously agreed that the many wonderful historic coconut trees lost should be...

    • Aug 27, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Too much reliance on computers

    I read the advertisement in today’s RG (August 24, 2015) concerning the opening of the UK Visa Application Centre. It is interesting that “Applicants may only visit the Centre after booking an appointment and paying the required service fee on the VFS website ...”

    How does one make an appointment and application if one does not have a computer?

    Too many government departments now rely on computers, assuming that every person has a computer and is...

    • Aug 27, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Disentangling an old saying

    Happily, there is always something to learn. I always thought that Shakespeare, not Sir Walter Scott, wrote: “Oh what a tangled web we weave when at first we start to deceive.”

    Its authorship in no way diminishes its enduring relevance.

    Thanking you,

    ROGER SNAPE

    • Aug 27, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Article was hardly inflammatory, Mr Burgess

    In the RG of August 20, Derrick Burgess stated that I was “out of touch” by writing inflammatory articles about Bermuda. Really?

    He was referring to a recent article in the Cayman Financial Review (CFR), which I had written some months ago in response to a request from Dan Mitchell, of the Cato Institute, in the United States.

    Mr Mitchell writes frequently in support of low-tax jurisdictions such as Bermuda, and provides much intellectual ammunition for...

    • Aug 26, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Attack on Lamont’s parents is ruthless

    It’s sad and unfortunate what transpired to Roslyn Lima’s daughter as a result of a vehicle that Lamont Marshall was operating, and I wish her daughter a full recovery.

    What bothers me about Ms Lima’s letter is the attack on the parents of a grown man, and an issue that is so far removed from this situation being conscription.

    Let me address the conscription issue first. In case no one is aware, Lamont actually spent time in the Bermuda Regiment. While there, he...

    • Aug 26, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Forget bonuses – pay off our debt

    No matter how you explain it, whether you are referencing the past, or it being “the norm” in other countries, or even the paying of US taxes, Bermuda is not in a position to pay extras/bonuses to anyone.

    The Government is not a private practice, and in fact, if there is additional monies (the people’s money), it should be distributed to the needy, not the greedy.

    Here’s another unusual proposal we should consider: we have an enormous debt, albeit handed down by...

    • Aug 26, 2015 8:00 am
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  • I look inward for the best example

    They say we should lead by example. Do I need to add a superlative to suggest the kind of example that’s best?

    Another thing often said is that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and therein, my friends, lies a huge disparity. Our history is seen from numerous angles, each holding their own validity and bias.

    Let’s take the glaring disparity between the views on Sally Bassett, a slave burnt at the stake for allegedly attempting to poison her master’s wife.

    • Aug 26, 2015 8:00 am
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