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  • 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.

  • Real success must include preserving values
    Oct 22, 2015 8:00 am

    Real success must include preserving values

    It has been nothing short of an exhilarating few days for Bermuda, as we saw the America’s Cup get off to a sensational start in our waters with the world watching, and then an announcement that a new hotel for the East End was finally going to be reality after long periods of doubt and confusion, which had many wondering whether that part of the Island would ever rekindle the spirit of the old days of catering to visitors with their own...

  • Cup puts ball of opportunity in our court
    Oct 17, 2015 8:00 am

    Cup puts ball of opportunity in our court

    Anyone who follows world-class tennis should know something about that crucial moment when a match hangs on a single point. The player with an advantage has to be extremely careful, especially when the ball is in their court. A wrong move could mean the difference between victory or defeat.

    Bermuda could very well be in that position with the ball of opportunity generated by the prestigious America’s Cup. It is a chance to breathe new...

  • A house without love and warmth is no home
    Oct 15, 2015 8:00 am

    A house without love and warmth is no home

    Back in the Sixties, there was a song by Dionne Warwick, and made quite popular by Luther Vandross decades later, entitled A House Is Not A Home. The lyrics suggested that no matter how modern and sleek the furniture, maybe, unless there is love and warmth, it is just a building.

    Many successful people had their start in extremely humble settings, but through strong parenting and guidance, they later took their place in the world with...

  • Why good journalism is key
    Oct 10, 2015 8:00 am

    Why good journalism is key

    Whenever there is an incident of significant concern anywhere in the world, most people want to know the truth, rather than scattered information twirling in cyberspace, where in a rush to be first by some news outlets, facts are often bypassed and a distorted version of what really happened can easily occur.

    It matters little whether it is a leading nation or a small jurisdiction such as Bermuda. Seeking the truth requires more than a...

  • The power of constituents
    Oct 5, 2015 8:00 am

    The power of constituents

    During any powerful storm that threatens Bermuda, it is always amazing how during the crucial stages people tend to focus on helping each other without any thought of differences — politically or otherwise. It is a time when doing things together has a greater priority because everyone knows a major storm favours no one.

    If only that attitude could be applied when our core values come under threat from anyone with demeaning and...

  • No room for hatred
    Sep 30, 2015 8:00 am

    No room for hatred

    Bermuda continues to move into the new world of embracing diversity in an atmosphere of opportunity for all, regardless of racial, religious, ethnic or political affiliations. In the long struggle to open doors for anyone, young or old, who endeavours to build rather than tear down, our Island has no room for hatred.

    Democracy provides a voice for all, but when that opportunity is abused by anyone or any group with irresponsible...

  • Pope calls for unity in a time of discord
    Sep 26, 2015 8:00 am

    Pope calls for unity in a time of discord

    In recent days a man, whom one official described as the new Nelson Mandela voice during very challenging times, was able to penetrate an atmosphere of discord, politically and socially, in a manner that left many seasoned observers deeply moved by a message that was aimed at bringing people together, for the common objective of making life on Earth better for all, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic origin.

    That man was Pope...

  • Strong principles our best weapon against crime
    Sep 19, 2015 8:00 am

    Strong principles our best weapon against crime

    There is considerable concern mounting throughout much of our community that violent crime is beginning to eat away at what most Bermudians have always cherished as an environment of safety and peace.

    It seems this cultural corrosion is slipping out of control.

    While politicians, police and community leaders attempt to seek ways to stem the tide, they are kept busy around the clock on this crucial problem that weakens any decent...

  • Why recklessness is not an option
    Sep 15, 2015 8:00 am

    Why recklessness is not an option

    Emotions can overflow during any disagreement, whether it is politically based, or is a part of experiences in everyday life.

    Throughout history, nations have been tested by situations that involve either cool and rational thinking, or blatant recklessness without concern about consequences in pushing their objectives.

    Bermuda has endured considerable work stoppages and strikes over this or that issue, and although there may have...

  • A golden teacher to remember
    Sep 14, 2015 8:00 am

    A golden teacher to remember

    At Central School, now Victor Scott, there were many outstanding dedicated teachers who touched many lives during the deeply troubling years of the Second World War. In addition to those conditions, the social injustice of the day added to the hurdles of life where many families, especially in the black community, had a struggle every single day to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads.

    Of course, in all fairness, many...

  • A return to good manners would help
    Sep 9, 2015 8:00 am

    A return to good manners would help

    Continuing traffic problems that keep the police busy, along with increasing public concerns about safety on our roads, may be caused by a loss of basic good manners in how we behave towards each other.

    Drastic changes in how we communicate with modern devices could also have a negative side, since in too many instances good quality conversation is often replaced by short electronic blips in this new wave of cyberspace interaction,...

  • Questioning the conscience of the world
    Sep 5, 2015 8:00 am

    Questioning the conscience of the world

    When the picture flashed across television screens, there were gasps around the world.

    The little body of a three-year-old boy, a victim of the horrific refugee crisis in Europe, lay crumpled on a beach after drowning along with his brother and mother in a failed attempt to seek a better life away from Syria, where so many have perished in savage warfare.

    Although thousands of men, women and children have lost their lives in...

  • Tackling the emotional undertow
    Sep 3, 2015 8:00 am

    Tackling the emotional undertow

    Bermuda has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it is with great pride that when we promote our amenities to boost tourism, our shoreline beauty is a winner every time. However, even with nature’s wonderful gift, at times hidden beneath the waves is an undertow that holds the potential for mishap if mishandled.

    Many of us have spent many years on these beaches playing in the waves and having a great time without ever...

  • Building walls is not the way forward
    Aug 29, 2015 8:00 am

    Building walls is not the way forward

    Donald Trump, the United States presidential candidate who has raised more than a few eyebrows in his stormy campaign to reach the White House, has spoken of building a wall to halt the flow of illegal immigrants, mainly from Mexico, who try daily to elude border patrols in an effort to enter America to seek a better life.

    While most Americans seem to agree that more should be done to protect borders, there is strong disagreement as to...

  • No room for nastiness
    Aug 22, 2015 8:00 am

    No room for nastiness

    In the middle of an economic storm, Bermuda continues to struggle with a wide range of problems that has affected community life throughout the Island. Despite these challenges, Bermudians are endeavouring to rebuild by engaging in positive ventures in the business sector, and they need to be supported by positive attitudes from political and community leaders.

    During any difficult period in most democratic arenas, the atmosphere can...

  • When decency and respect no longer matter
    Aug 15, 2015 8:00 am

    When decency and respect no longer matter

    Behavioural standards in Bermuda have been declining for decades and much of it has to do with crumbling values in family life and the rules that govern basic instincts for not only what we say to each other, but how we treat one another.

    Many of our seniors who toiled under extraordinary circumstances to build a family, and indeed a home, would probably testify that back then, there was an acute awareness that respect and decency, no...

  • Our window of opportunity
    Aug 8, 2015 8:00 am

    Our window of opportunity

    Bermuda has a window of opportunity to pool our best resources in trying to take advantage of the moment, with a fresh effort to revitalise the economy and also to put a spark in the area of jobs to at least begin the long climb to a more vibrant infrastructure that would be felt throughout every section of our communities.

    Windows of opportunity can open and close, and depending on what is done when it opens, determines whether success...

  • When information is badly handled
    Aug 3, 2015 8:00 am

    When information is badly handled

    Seventeen months ago, a Malaysian airliner left at night on a routine flight to China from Kuala Lumpur and was never seen again.

    In the history of aviation, there have been many instances when, for some reason, planes simply went missing during flight. However, what unfolded on this occasion has baffled experts around the world, and to this day the matter is unresolved.

    To begin with, aviation today is still classified as one of...

  • Losing children is not an option
    Aug 1, 2015 8:00 am

    Losing children is not an option

    As Bermuda continues the struggle to regain its economic footing in a world where competition has become ferocious in the quest to gain a piece of the global financial pie, focus could easily shift from issues such as raising children to become positive citizens.

    Otherwise, the vulnerable may fall prey to destructive elements, which are ever present in the shadows of community life.

    It is always encouraging to see and hear...

  • Excessive noise is hurting us
    Jul 25, 2015 8:00 am

    Excessive noise is hurting us

    Noise is a part of community life around the world, and that is a reality most of us accept. However, many are unaware of the amount of damage that excessive noise can cause to those often exposed to loud sounds for long periods, without any control or say in the matter.

    Excessive noise is an issue in many countries, large and small, because studies show the human nervous system can be affected by loud noises to an extent where even...

  • Unsavoury scenes betray lack of respect
    Jul 21, 2015 8:00 am

    Unsavoury scenes betray lack of respect

    Cricket has always been called the gentleman’s game — and for good reason. It basically teaches discipline, patience, perseverance and respect for rules.

    Respect for rules has come under attack in recent times in many areas of sport, especially in football, where fans have been known in some countries to kill each other over a particular outcome.

    While nothing of that extreme has happened in Bermuda, there have been ugly incidents...

  • We would have only ourselves to blame
    Jul 20, 2015 8:00 am

    We would have only ourselves to blame

    If Bermuda squanders opportunities to move the Island forward with never-ending political warfare that has created bitter exchanges between elected officials, with potential consequences to our image of stability and productive unity in dealing with problems, we the people will have no one to blame but ourselves.

    Political leaders, both in Government and the Opposition, have been elected to serve the people in every way possible to...

  • Our police need more support than ever
    Jul 11, 2015 8:00 am

    Our police need more support than ever

    The recent dawn raid by police at the West End of the Island, which yielded numerous elements linked with underworld crime and resulted in several arrests, may have in fact revealed something more sinister that should be deeply disturbing to the entire Bermudian community.

    In the never-ending struggle by the Island to face up to ugly facts about crime, and the full impact on community life, it seems frighteningly clear that there is a...

  • House could do with an attitude makeover
    Jul 4, 2015 8:00 am

    House could do with an attitude makeover

    Our House of Parliament, which is supposed to be the centre of legislative power in handling the island’s affairs, has in recent times, been sliding into highly questionable behavioural standards that for many observers is disturbing. Instead of the crucial needs of the people, attention seems more focused on a clash of personalties for political gain.

    Everyone knows that in most democratic countries, things can become quite heated; in...

  • Summer alert for all parents
    Jun 30, 2015 8:00 am

    Summer alert for all parents

    Summer is generally thought of as a time for outdoor fun and adventure, a time to enter the spirit of enjoying many of the natural amenities this beautiful island has to offer; and that is always a good thing.

    However, there must be a realistic approach in doing this because many changes have occurred since the ‘40s and ‘50s and nothing should be taken for granted.

    Back then, many parents worked just as hard as they do today, but...

  • Focusing on the long road to healing
    Jun 24, 2015 8:00 am

    Focusing on the long road to healing

    Few people around the world can be unaware of the deep, shattering pain in South Carolina, and throughout America, when in an act of pure hatred nine lives were lost at the hands of a 21-year-old white boy.

    So overcome with evil intent was this boy that he chose a leading black church to murder people as they held weekly Bible study.

    In his twisted mind he had hoped to ignite a race war. But despite the emotionally crippling...

  • No sign of America’s gun madness abating
    Jun 20, 2015 8:00 am

    No sign of America’s gun madness abating

    Much of America was plunged into massive grief when a lone gunman with a deeply twisted hatred for black people entered one of the most prestigious black churches in South Carolina while members, including the pastor, held a Bible study session.

    After a while, according to police reports, he stood and declared he was there to kill black people. As those sickening words hung in the air for a brief second, the young man pulled a gun and,...

  • Why the free press must be protected
    Jun 13, 2015 8:00 am

    Why the free press must be protected

    The job of any journalist these days is extremely demanding in a world awash with reams of information, pouring down the global pipeline through an almost unlimited amount of electronic devices and cameras that are prominent in just about any incident large or small.

    This modern form of gathering information has affected many areas of life that in earlier times relied on accounts by witnesses, which of course presented additional...

  • Community values key to winning war on drugs
    Jun 8, 2015 8:00 am

    Community values key to winning war on drugs

    When Baltimore recently experienced riots over incidents that highlighted the poor relationship between police and the public, it was also revealed how gangs involved in illegal drug activity were hindering efforts to make the city clean and safe for citizens.

    During a rampaging looting spree, much of it captured on camera, culprits were seen attempting to open a safe containing controlled drugs in a pharmacy without...

  • Remembering those who fought for freedom
    Jun 5, 2015 8:00 am

    Remembering those who fought for freedom

    The seas were very rough under a grey sky, with many of the men fighting seasickness on ships being tossed about in an angry ocean as they headed for one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War.

    It was June 6, 1944, and under the command of General Dwight D Eisenhower, they were about to take on the German war machine headed by Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, who was respected as one of the outstanding military minds of that...

  • Social media is a hunting ground for evil predators
    Jun 2, 2015 8:00 am

    Social media is a hunting ground for evil predators

    Without strong parenting, doors could open for children to fall prey to a variety of predators who endlessly seek out the vulnerable for various twisted objectives.

    Often, this can be achieved without touching a door knob.

    In a world where modern communication technology has opened many windows for learning across the globe, there is danger when such technology is embraced by those with evil intentions. It creates challenges for...

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