Dec 3, 2013 8:00 am
Political fireworks are expected to explode in our Parliament soon, as debate begins on various highly controversial recommendations contained in the SAGE Commission report to Government, aimed at seeking ways to improve efficiency in running the island, to cut operational cost.
There is little doubt that there are shock waves reverberating throughout our communities, over a wide range of suggestions including outsourcing a number of...
Nov 30, 2013 8:00 am
Every year the police and road safety officials step up warnings about taking to the roads during the festive season, disregarding the safety of others, after engaging in social drinking at various events. The warnings are nothing new, in fact all year these warnings are issued via newspapers, radio, and television, and yet there are those who choose to either ignore the advice or simply take the risk, placing themselves and other others in...
Nov 25, 2013 8:00 am
Bermudians from all walks of life are deeply troubled over what it will take to shift from a course that seems headed for an economic dark hole that could plunge our Island into depths of despair that only those who witnessed true hardship during the latter stages of the Second World War could attest to.
Our present economic situation is such that many hard working Bermudians struggling to keep a family, with hopes of educating their...
Nov 18, 2013 8:00 am
Government Throne Speeches over the years have always contained a degree of honey, mixed with some of the bitter medicine that is required to keep our Island in a reasonable state of economic health.
The speech has always led to feisty debate in Parliament over this or that initiative, which of course is how democracy works. However this year, there seems to be a higher degree of public concern over how well the Government and the...
Nov 6, 2013 8:00 am
By Al Seymour
The Civil War in the United States, which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, is long over, but despite enormous progress over the years there are pockets of people steeped in the hatred that all men were not created equal. And, although all forms of racial discrimination have been outlawed in America, legislation is yet to change the hearts of some who feel this world is mainly for one group of people.
Nov 4, 2013 8:00 am
Bermuda is in a critical condition economically, and without question, in need of intensive care, with little room for political game playing in prescribing the right medicine to treat the many ailments that continue to threaten this generation, and those yet unborn.
Political game playing is nothing new in democracies around the world. Too often when politicians get a taste of power, many values they trumpet prior to an election, such...
Oct 29, 2013 8:00 am
By Al Seymour
Our narrow winding roads throughout Bermuda keep us ever alert, or they should, about what to expect around each bend, as we move about doing business, and visiting relatives and
A significant increase in vehicular traffic of all types over the years, has made this challenge more than just a daily concern.
Not enough emphasis is placed on how Bermuda has evolved into a very noisy island, and...
Oct 26, 2013 8:00 am
A misguided concept too often is that children can only be corrected with a beating or a tongue lashing leaving them feeling unwanted and resentful toward any type of authority whether it is a parent, guardian, teacher, or a neighbour. Many of us who came through that period when the word was clear: “If you don’t listen you will feel.”
It those days there was little confusion over the fact that life had consequences for anyone who chose...
Oct 14, 2013 8:00 am
Bermuda has been rocked by many hurricanes and tropical storms over the years, and we have generally been able to cope, through storm shutters and staying put, until things calm down enough to regroup, and assess any damage in order to begin rebuilding. Those of us who have witnessed many of these storms, know only too well, how in
Oct 10, 2013 8:00 am
The stunning shut down of the United States Government in recent days, and the impact it had on life in America, and indeed in other parts of the world, captured the attention of just about everyone, since that nation is considered the power house of global democracy and freedom.
Sep 30, 2013 8:00 am
Governments in free societies around the world have paid dearly for being a part of questionable decisions that in the eyes of the public, lack logic and common sense, in order to achieve some lofty goal they claim, will enhance the economic base for this or that project.
Sep 26, 2013 8:00 am
In some countries almost every day there is an explosion resulting in bodies everywhere, and cries of anguish, mainly because certain groups are obsessed with a deep hatred for anyone who chooses to have a different view about peace, freedom and dignity.
Sep 21, 2013 8:00 am
Our political leaders seem to be slipping into a new era of confrontation, which detracts from the most important concerns of the people, and if we are not careful, it might be too late to change course in time to avoid that proverbial iceberg, and the consequences of losing focus on what matters the most.
Sep 16, 2013 8:00 am
Observers of the Syrian conflict which resulted in over 100,000 deaths since protests began against the dictatorial regime of Bashar al-Assad, were probably caught off guard over the weekend when the United States and Russia manoeuvred through a diplomatic minefield of complexities and were able to reach agreement on a process to eliminate chemical weapons from that war torn country.
Sep 14, 2013 8:00 am
The Bermuda Regiment emerged from a period of social injustice, which saw young men of colour subjected to a system of segregation designed by those in authority at the time, who felt even in the military, skin colour made a difference, so hence we had the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps, and the Bermuda Militia Artillery, known as the BMAs.
I doubt if the enemy cared much about what colour the soldier was who was shooting at him.
Sep 9, 2013 8:00 am
Although the panic button has not been pushed, many residents are becoming angry and deeply disturbed over this ceaseless gun activity, with lives being lost, and the community waiting with bated breath, wondering where, and when, a gunman will strike next.
Sep 3, 2013 8:00 am
The world has been watching closely the horror story that has been unfolding in Syria, especially with the recent deaths of many citizens through alleged use of poison chemicals, which violates international law, and has generated heated debate throughout much of the world as to what should be done about it.
Aug 29, 2013 8:00 am
Governments in democratic jurisdictions large and small are constantly faced with decisions that give the people they serve satisfaction that their concerns are getting the utmost attention, or disappointment that somehow the decision-makers have lost touch with the people.
Aug 24, 2013 8:00 am
Education has been a controversial issue in Bermuda for quite some time, and despite input from overseas experts, along with home grown expertise, it remains a complex subject with numerous challenges that unresolved, could hamper efforts to provide our children with the best tools, to meet a new world of international competitiveness.
Aug 12, 2013 8:00 am
Any attempt to disregard public opinion on a highly sensitive issue such as gambling could be dangerous politically, especially at a time when the call from the Bermuda electorate has been loud and clear.
The people want to be well informed on all aspects of any proposal, even those that promise a pot of gold, and plenty of jobs, along with renewed prosperity for all.
Jul 29, 2013 8:22 am
There is no escaping the tight rope walk that faces practically every politician in democratic jurisdictions, especially when a subject touches a nerve in the community, and people react in a way that sends a message they are far from satisfied.
Jul 3, 2013 8:00 am
Most of the values we consider vital for a healthy community were handed down form previous generations who toiled through terrible storms of economic hardship and misguided periods of social injustice that threatened but never broke the spirit of those who believed that what was right, would always triumph over wrong.
Jun 24, 2013 8:00 am
Leaders in any free society must choose words carefully when dealing with highly sensitive issues to avoid as much as possible misunderstanding or impressions that leave many confused and disappointed especially in areas of traditional values.
May 20, 2013 8:00 am
Basic principles of good journalism will withstand the test of any microscope, but in a world awash with millions of devices for recording just about anything, the urge to be first in covering major incidents carries a risk of being first with the story, but also first in getting it wrong.
May 13, 2013 8:00 am
The awesome challenges facing Bermuda as the new Government attempts to fly through severe economic turbulence will mean every family will have to keep their seat belts tightly fastened until an altitude of financial stability can be reached in order to ensure the Island is on course for a smoother ride.
May 7, 2013 8:00 am
There is a growing number of people globally, who are very uncomfortable about the future of societies where values for a decent peaceful life, continue to be under threat from those who seek their twisted agenda, through blatant violence, with total disregard for life itself. The Boston Marathon terror attack is a reminder.
Apr 30, 2013 8:00 am
Most would agree that what we are, or have become, to a large extent has its roots in early experiences in the home. It is usually in the home where basic lessons about life are taught.
In recent years in many parts of the world, including Bermuda, there has been a decline in parents who are not afraid to correct a child stepping out of line. These days parents are quick to blame others when their child exhibits disrespectful behaviour.
Apr 23, 2013 8:00 am
Around the world, especially in democratic countries, law enforcement agencies during difficult situations, rely heavily on the eyes and ears of the public in helping to nab criminals who often seek refuge posing as regular law abiding citizens.
Apr 16, 2013 8:00 am
Those of us who remember the Apollo 13 incident, when the seventh launch was made in 1970 by NASA on a mission to the Moon, will recall vividly how a life-threatening situation was saved by making use of the best technical brains on the ground, working closely with three astronauts who were battling fearful odds to keep their craft functioning in order to return to earth.
Apr 9, 2013 8:00 am
The free press has always been subjected to vicious criticism from those who would rather operate in the shadows, without the bright light of truth which should always be a fundamental quality in any society that prides itself in the dignity of free speech, with justice and integrity as basic principles. In recent years, scores of dedicated journalists around the world have paid with their lives for doing the job much of the world relies on for...
Mar 14, 2013 8:00 am
Bermuda needs to move away from the political quicksand mode where almost every move seems to plunge us deeper into the abyss of confusion and doubt instead of making good use of common sense, on issues that impact the lives of every citizen.
Feb 28, 2013 1:59 pm
The average Bermudian may not be an expert on the financial structure of this Island, but most of them from professional dish washers, to CEOs of large companies, know that if you are earning $25 and your bills are over $50, commonsense dictates that something is not working out.
Feb 19, 2013 8:00 am
If only it was possible to push a political pause button, in order to truly reflect on what has happened to Bermuda economically and politically over the past decade. Pausing to reflect with cooler heads, would enable us to confront truths calmly, instead of allowing ourselves to become embroiled in nasty exchanges.
Feb 18, 2013 8:00 am
Over the last 30 or 40 years, Bermuda like many jurisdictions, has experienced significant changes, and not all have been positive. International business without a doubt has played a vital role in our economy, as tourism, once the principle source of income, slowly lost its grip.
Feb 12, 2013 8:00 am
It is already too late when parents of a young man with great promise discover the lifeless body of their son in bath tub after he experimented with a legal substance, still being sold in the United States and other countries, as a substitute for marijuana.
Jan 15, 2013 8:00 am
As Bermuda prepares to begin a new chapter of its political life, at a time when dramatic changes are occurring around the world, collectively we need to be more mindful that change usually creates fear especially with those who feel their world, right or wrong, is under siege.
Jan 8, 2013 8:47 am
The Bermudian electorate rendered its verdict on December 17 which clearly sent a resounding message that they were in no mood for a business as usual result, after years of doubt and confusion over how the affairs of the people were being handled by those charged with leadership responsibility.
Ex-Minister quizzed in court over paid testimony and potential conflict with regulator role
Santucci: People die and we do nothing
Duperreault-led group to buy out SAC Re
Suspect knew burglary victim
Pit bull owners to march on Hamilton
Inmates praised for church work
The season of goodwill
Boat Parade ends with a bang
Twins amaze doctors with their progress
Man receives two-year sentence for assault
Motorcyclist seriously injured
KJ has his sights set on the big leagues
Man charged with sexual assault
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