• Pathways to residency question

    Pathways to residency question

    I intend to be brief as I comment and question.

    The Roman Senate endured for more than 1,000 years and comprised older, experienced men. The late senator Albert Jackson is one Bermudian example, but our Senate consists of some who do not meet this criterion.

    The recent proposal to broaden pathways to residency in Bermuda, while seemingly magnanimous, prompts me to ask why those affected have not already sought...

  • Coconut palm trees don’t suit us

    Coconut palm trees don’t suit us

    Driving along South Shore the other day, I was struck by the changes taking place at the new Princess Beach Club — the site of the old Sonesta Beach Hotel — as coconut palm trees have been planted on the beaches there.

    While some may think this is an insignificant enhancement, it should be noted that Bermuda is not a tropical island and that coconut palms are neither endemic nor native to the island.

    There was a time when we proudly thought of Bermuda as unique —...

    • Feb 12, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Exhibition a glimpse into the past

    Exhibition a glimpse into the past

    Masterworks’ present exhibition gives us an interesting and historical glimpse into a brief period of our past that is well worth seeing.

    I am urging folks to see it and to take your young folks.

    If you are not a member, this is a good opportunity to become one.

    Yours etc, <b>EVA N. HODGSON </b>

    • Feb 11, 2016 8:00 am
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  • History’s private money manipulators

    History’s private money manipulators

    War is an extremely lucrative business for banking in the new world order: loans for destruction, loans for reconstruction, loans for controlling people. In other words, “The New World Order”.

    What is also important is to have belief in the rule of law and the absolute right of individuals to challenge in court action taken by their government, employers, unions, etc. In Bermuda, there have been many mistakes “priming the pump”.

    Many of our leaders — United...

    • Feb 11, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Tobacco Bay littered with plastic trash

    Tobacco Bay littered with plastic trash

    My mother, daughter and I came to Bermuda for the first time in early January and we’re about to leave on Sunday.

    For the most part, we have been very impressed with the country and the generosity and friendliness of the people.

    But one thing has been really upsetting and disappointing: the amount of plastic trash that we’ve found on many beaches.

    Since we’re staying in St George, the beach we have visited most is Tobacco Bay.

    From a distance, it is...

    • Feb 10, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Praise for late, great David Ifor Nisbett

    Praise for late, great David Ifor Nisbett

    There aren’t many people in the world as great as the late David Ifor Nisbett, in my opinion.

    He had an immense loyalty to his family and to his church, St Monica’s Mission, where he served as a senior choirmaster and teacher. His commitment to the church was displayed in the religious ornaments he produced for the church ceremonies.

    Whenever I visited St Monica’s, Ifor would eagerly show me his stunning handicrafts. He was an outstanding carpenter-joiner, who...

    • Feb 9, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Twain had disdain for America’s Cup

    Twain had disdain for America’s Cup

    Bermudians set great store by Mark Twain, and rightly so.

    It occurs to me that they may be interested to know the great man’s thoughts on the America’s Cup boat race: “The race for the America’s Cup is in some small sense an international matter, but in an exceedingly small sense.

    “It interests the 100th fraction of 1 per cent of the population of England and America — these being rich, sporting men — and stops there; it inflammatorily interests nobody else, and...

    • Feb 9, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Some PLP members have short memories

    Some PLP members have short memories

    It was interesting to see on the TV news this evening (February 2), Jamahl Simmons criticising the Government for renting out some of the “low-cost housing” called the Grand Atlantic Development, which was built at the direction of the Brown administration. This was supposed to help folks to buy into the island by having so-called low-cost housing, but, unfortunately, the units were priced out of the range of the average person.

    I believe I am correct in saying only one...

    • Feb 6, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Message of gratitude to our community

    Message of gratitude to our community

    Please allow us to use your newspaper for this note of gratitude and appreciation to our community.

    A special thanks to the MarketPlace stores for the use of all their premises for the “Share The Christmas Spirit” Tag Day, which was held on November 28, 2015.

    This past festive season, we were able to supply food hampers to 582 households.

    We were overwhelmed by the support shown to this programme from the public in providing perishable items, which were...

    • Feb 6, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Bank owes customers explanation and apology

    Bank owes customers explanation and apology

    I write to express my disgust with the lack of customer focus of Bermuda’s banks, and in particular at this moment with the sheer disrespect that Butterfield Bank is showing its customers.

    As of January 4, Butterfield has implemented various new fees for its customer accounts, mostly by stealth. These include fees for “account monitoring” for commercial accounts to the tune of $8 per month per account (in addition to any monthly maintenance fees that might be charged);...

    • Feb 3, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Post Office report at odds with experience

    Post Office report at odds with experience

    I’ve read a glowing report regarding Crawl Post Office staff, particularly during the Christmas rush.

    I have a question for the postmaster general, who also wrote a glowing statement regarding post office staff services during the holidays.

    Would you please inform me how is it that I mailed a package to my relative last year — October, 13, 2015, to be exact — delivered to the Crawl Post Office — and it still hasn’t shown up. When I was told about this two months...

    • Feb 2, 2016 8:00 am
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