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  • Terrible trend that must not be ignored
    Apr 23, 2015 8:00 am

    Terrible trend that must not be ignored

    The brutal killing of innocent people in parts of the world where terrorists inflict havoc over the right to worship in absolute freedom, prompted the Pope to deliver one of the most sombre Easter messages ever, appealing to the world to spare no effort in trying to find roads to end relentless bloodletting as Christians are targeted for their beliefs.

    Religious and cultural conflicts over the centuries have left a trail of devastation...

  • When camera’s rolling, there’s no hiding
    Apr 20, 2015 8:00 am

    When camera’s rolling, there’s no hiding

    Most of us are familiar with the phrase “out of sight, out of mind”, and that perhaps was the situation with many events throughout history, although the pen used by observers, both biblically and historically, provided information about significant occurrences long before a new witness, the camera, entered the scene.

    Interest in capturing images through optical technology can be traced back many centuries, but it was in the 1800s that...

  • Lack of trust hampering progress
    Apr 16, 2015 8:00 am

    Lack of trust hampering progress

    Despite appeals from various sections of the community for our leaders to put the people’s interest first, there continues to be political discord on practically every issue, making it almost impossible to inject reason and logic to achieve a concession that would be beneficial to all Bermudians regardless of political or social status.

    Trust is something that has to be earned along life’s road, and this is seldom present in political...

  • Apr 13, 2015 8:00 am

    Road safety should be a high priority

    Even when parents or guardians do their utmost to advise and caution young people about the dangers of speeding, there will be those moments of youthful adventure — and most of us have had that experience — when this wisdom is forgotten amid a brief spell of feeling immune to mishap. Sometimes the result can be more than painful.

    In recent years, Bermuda has lost many promising young minds through unfortunate road mishaps.

  • Better behaviour in House will help us all
    Apr 6, 2015 8:00 am

    Better behaviour in House will help us all

    There is increasing alarm throughout the community that behaviour in what should be our honourable House of Parliament has slipped to a point where crucial matters that affect all Bermudians have taken second place to political point-scoring.

    The climate in the House appears to be that of revengeful politics.

    The Speaker has had the difficult task of trying to maintain a degree of respect and dignity while members express concerns...

  • We need bridges, not fences
    Mar 31, 2015 8:00 am

    We need bridges, not fences

    In the world of politics, and that includes Bermuda, fence building often takes priority over bridge building because divisiveness is something most political groups rely on to keep their support base intact, even when situations dictate that a bridge of better understanding over differences would be the best approach.

    On our small Island, where we can almost see from one end to the other, we still have too many political and social...

  • Tourism threatened by
the increase in terrorism
    Mar 25, 2015 8:00 am

    Tourism threatened by the increase in terrorism

    There are still many beautiful places on this planet that attract thousands of travellers who wish to learn more about various cultures, and to enjoy meeting and sharing moments with peaceful people of all races or religious persuasions, as a part of the human experience.

    Tourism is the word that covers this global trend that millions have engaged in for many years, despite major wars that disrupted the ability to travel without the...

  • Time to put our best foot forward
    Mar 17, 2015 8:00 am

    Time to put our best foot forward

    Spring is usually a time for new beginnings and, with growing optimism over our fast approaching tourist season, Bermuda should be positioning itself to take full advantage of potential business that could pave the way for rebuilding an economy badly in need of a shot in the arm — a move that would benefit all Bermudians.

    Although we will be facing plenty of competition to our south, and that has always been the case, Bermuda still has...

  • Racism is everybody’s business
    Mar 10, 2015 8:00 am

    Racism is everybody’s business

    By Al Seymour

    Racism which was spurned from the history of slavery continues, despite great strides by thousands of brave black and white people to eradicate this sickening perception by one group, who feel superior to others simply because of their skin colour or background.

    Even though thousands perished when America went to war with itself over the issue that would free slaves and open the door to an era where all Americans...

  • Expanding shadow of violence
    Mar 7, 2015 8:00 am

    Expanding shadow of violence

    Just about every country in the world, large and small and that includes Bermuda, has growing concerns about the unprecedented acts of terrorism carried out by extremist elements that not only shock the world but lead to questions over whether groups that exist to destroy over ideological issues can ever be stopped.

    The free world has been wrestling with what to do to change a trend that has the shadow of violence reaching places...

  • Spirit of co-operation vital to our recovery
    Feb 26, 2015 8:00 am

    Spirit of co-operation vital to our recovery

    Everyone knew any Government Budget in these economic circumstances was not going be a lobster dinner with all the trimmings.

    Not only was it going be a major problem finding sufficient lobsters, but even the trimmings were in short supply.

    It was expected that once the new Budget was announced by Finance Minister Bob Richards, there would be rumblings from unions and sections of the community who felt short-changed by various...

  • Too many empty chairs at the brotherhood table
    Feb 19, 2015 8:00 am

    Too many empty chairs at the brotherhood table

    Last year, a large part of the United States was overwhelmed with powerful demonstrations, with thousands protesting against what they felt were strong-arm tactics by Police which led to the deaths of two black men and a young black boy.

    Although there were complex circumstances in each case, the general view was that racial profiling was a factor and this caused a shadow over the nation’s entire Police force.

    For weeks, many...

  • The root cause of behavioural problems
    Feb 14, 2015 8:00 am

    The root cause of behavioural problems

    No type of task force anywhere will ever be able to halt the deteriorating standards of behaviour affecting cultures and the lives of people around the world.

    This is not to throw cold water on an initiative announced by our Government to tackle negative attitudes displayed on our roads, and even at times in the sporting arena.

    This subject has been bounced around for decades in Bermuda, and indeed in many large countries, as...

  • Frontline journalists fighting for the truth
    Feb 7, 2015 8:00 am

    Frontline journalists fighting for the truth

    Truth has always been the enemy of those who choose evil methods to carry out their twisted and horrendous objectives.

    Actions that are in direct opposition to the commonly accepted standards of all people who cherish freedom and human dignity.

    For centuries, thousands have given their lives because they dared to reveal truths that others with shady objectives wanted kept away from the public eye.

    From early Biblical times...

  • A turning point in labour relations
    Jan 28, 2015 8:00 am

    A turning point in labour relations

    At first it was just another labour dispute involving workers of the Bermuda Electric Light Company, who had formed picket lines in front of the company’s entrance as part of a demonstration to seek union recognition by management.

    Initially, there was no sign that this strike would boil over into what is now known as the Belco riots of February 2, 1965.

    After 50 years of reflecting on that fateful morning, which happened...

  • Poor communication is hurting us
    Jan 26, 2015 8:00 am

    Poor communication is hurting us

    In recent years the Island has had to cope with various disruptions in numerous public services as a result of disputes that spill over into work stoppages.

    These problems leave many wondering whether we will ever be able to reach a higher level of communication to allow disagreements to be resolved first by leaders, before actions are taken which affect day-to-day operations.

    Tough times in any family can be made a lot tougher,...

  • Leaders’ transparency should be paramount
    Jan 19, 2015 8:00 am

    Leaders’ transparency should be paramount

    The political arena in any democratic jurisdiction can be a breeding ground for vicious public criticism when events bring into question the credibility and confidence of those in leadership roles.

    For example, the White House in Washington was recently the subject of fiery questions from the press over what many felt was a serious blunder by the Obama administration in not having a high-profile representative at the recent march in...

  • A clarion call to uphold values of decency
    Jan 15, 2015 8:00 am

    A clarion call to uphold values of decency

    Much of the free world is still trying to come to grips with how one can evolve into a killing machine that ignores every basic value of decency and respect for human life, with an ideology of such hatred that no one outside their twisted objectives is safe.

    It presents a mammoth task for world leaders, as this problem remains a grave threat to global security, peace and stability.

    The tragic deaths in France of the Charlie Hebdo...

  • The vital role played by 
investigative journalists
    Jan 12, 2015 8:00 am

    The vital role played by investigative journalists

    Journalists around the world have the challenging job of reporting events as accurately as possible.

    Many pay the ultimate price in seeking to reveal truths too often kept in the shadows by those who fear breaches of decency, freedom and respect will be exposed.

    In a world where extremism is causing grave concern for safety, it is always journalists who are caught in the middle as they struggle to carry out their profession of...

  • A tailspin of traffic problems
    Jan 5, 2015 8:00 am

    A tailspin of traffic problems

    When an aircraft slips into a tailspin, unless it is a professionally performed stunt usually seen at air shows, it could be a clear indication that something has gone dreadfully wrong, and that the outcome without the ability to recover will not be positive.

    Many of our current traffic problems that persist year after year, despite pleas for the public to slow down and drive more carefully, leaves one with the impression that the...

  • Jan 2, 2015 8:00 am

    More walls need to crumble

    As Bermuda prepares for 2015 with high hopes for progress in all sectors of community life, especially with the impending America’s Cup and all the anticipated exposure it is expected to generate, improving communication between Government and the people on all major projects is crucial.

    I would suggest that more walls need to crumble in this area.

    Obviously any Government should be careful when releasing information since it is...

  • Quality leadership is essential
    Dec 11, 2014 8:00 am

    Quality leadership is essential

    Quality leadership is essential in every area of public life.

    Those who aspire to positions of responsibility, whether it is politics, or any part of community activity, should be aware that leadership requires setting a good example, as well as upholding values of decency and respect, which are the anchors of any healthy society.

    It is deeply disturbing when a leader is accused of making remarks that demean another, which is...

  • Victory for all with the right approach
    Dec 10, 2014 8:00 am

    Victory for all with the right approach

    America’s Cup euphoria is sweeping through Bermuda as the island prepares to host an event that is a great promotional opportunity.

    Here is a chance to advertise Bermuda as a very special place that most of us have the privilege to call home.

    Even with this potential boost to our economy, there are those who are sceptical about benefits.

    Some feel only the elite will truly gain from this world-class competition in our...

  • Nov 24, 2014 8:00 am

    Bermuda could lead the way

    There are numerous struggles around the world, which continue to take a heavy toll on the lives of men, women and children, with extremist groups who have no tolerance for anyone not in harmony with their beliefs usually prohibiting freedom of worship by faiths outside of their ideology.

    Extremism is at the centre of most of the violence so prevalent throughout the world today and attempts by the United Nations and other international...

  • Nov 20, 2014 8:00 am

    Fear could destroy us all

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to tap into the soul of America, when during the darkest hours of the Second World War he said: “The only thing to fear, is fear itself.”

    Powerful words that are still meaningful today, no more so than right here in Bermuda.

    The recent spate of gun violence has been something of a wake up and Somerset Cricket Club, scene of one of the incidents, deserve our full support in their decision to ban...

  • Trying to steady the ship
    Nov 17, 2014 8:00 am

    Trying to steady the ship

    Bermudians are becoming deeply concerned by the relentless bickering in the political arena.

    The squabbles are about who knows best in getting Bermuda back to a positive course that truly reflects the values that have made the Island extra special.

    There was a time when Bermudians proudly boasted about having unlocked doors and windows, without fear of invasion of their privacy.

    One ingredient that most families had back...

  • The police and public support
    Nov 10, 2014 8:00 am

    The police and public support

    The Bermuda police have done outstanding work in bringing to justice many dangerous criminals in a never ending task to keep our communities safe. Often involved in tedious challenging probes, they never hesitate to stress that without the aid of the public some cases would still be on the unsolved list.

    Police around the world are targets for criticism when something goes wrong, and that is expected since no police force is perfect.

  • Nov 4, 2014 8:00 am

    Bermuda must be the winner

    As the political temperature rises with an upcoming by-election in Sandys many voters, even those not necessarily involved in that constituency, begin to ponder whether political aspirations override the urgent need to tackle serious issues collectively in order to find a way forward that would benefit all Bermudians.

    While many Bermudians, black and white, hold almost unshakeable positions when it comes to party allegiance, in recent...

  • The changing face
of global security
    Oct 27, 2014 8:00 am

    The changing face of global security

    Here in the middle of the Atlantic it is not unusual to feel detached from some of the traumatic incidents happening in other parts of the world. However a new reality is emerging across the globe, that the long arm of fanatical militants is showing up without warning in places most would regard as safe.

    Much of the world is aware of the war currently being waged against the Isis terrorist group, operating mainly in Iraq...

  • Oct 20, 2014 8:00 am

    After a hurricane, the spirit of reaching out

    It has been said many times before, that when the Island is confronted with something bigger that any authority, Bermudians tend to draw closer together in meeting a challenge that poses a threat to every single person.

    As Hurricane Gonzalo rumbled with enormous power toward our Island home, the reality sank in that although much of the Island had yet to recover from Tropical Storm Fay the week before, Bermuda would be facing the wrath...

  • Losing touch with people is the biggest problem
    Oct 13, 2014 8:00 am

    Losing touch with people is the biggest problem

    In any democracy, whenever the political party in power loses touch with the people, nuts and bolts begin to rattle like a faulty engine, and unless something is done to rectify the problem, it is only a matter of time before that party finds itself scrambling to regain lost momentum.

    This could be one of the true nightmares in the world of politics where the people could be

    cheering for you today, but after a series of...

  • When good values are 
allowed to crumble
    Oct 6, 2014 8:00 am

    When good values are allowed to crumble

    People who cherish freedom around the world are contemplating what appears to be crumbling values of basic human rights in many areas of public life, as conflicts explode in various parts of the planet, with little or no solutions in sight.

    In a sense, it is an undeclared world war between new dangerous forms of ideology, and people who believe true freedom respects the right to worship without fear, and to live...

  • Sep 15, 2014 8:00 am

    The fear of working together

    By Al Seymour

    There has never been a shortage of words on both sides of the political divide, when it comes to seeking public support by making sweet sounding statements, about pooling our best resources for the good of Bermuda and its people.

    However, deep beneath the surface of those numerous pledges to work closer, lies a fear of openly joining hands as a result of years of doubt, and mistrust, which is a two-way street in the...

  • Sep 10, 2014 8:00 am

    The vital starting point

    The ongoing community struggle to help people who, for whatever reason, find themselves prisoners of acoholism, and illegal drugs, continues with around-the-clock efforts by various organisations and concerned groups, and much of their work seldom makes headlines.

    When a person is able with help to climb away from some form of addiction, it is always a plus for any society because every success means that person could be a guidepost for...

  • Sep 2, 2014 8:00 am

    The politics of division

    The political temperature in Bermuda is much higher than it should be for such a small island.

    Most Bermudians who have watched the atmosphere deteriorate in recent decades, with political egos bursting at the seams, are beginning to wonder whether concerns of the people place a distant second over political ambitions.

    Few would deny that despite progress in a number of areas of community life there is still a deep sense of...

  • Aug 19, 2014 8:00 am

    Health alert for the world as Ebola takes a toll

    While much of the world focuses on major military conflicts that continue to claim thousands of lives, the United States has launched air strikes on the ISIS militant group in Iraq, to avert what they describe as a potential massacre of Christians and other minorities hiding in mountains to escape death from a brutal regime.

    It is a new dark chapter in that country in the midst of a power struggle between various factions, after...

  • Aug 11, 2014 8:00 am

    We need to learn how to communicate

    Almost on every occasion when disputes erupt in various areas of community life, the root cause is usually traced to poor communication, leaving too many in the dark on various facts involved.

    The dilemma between the Hamilton Corporation and residents and owners of various establishments on Ewing Street, over plans to remove trees as part of a development scheme by the Corporation, would never have escalated into an open protest, if at...

  • Aug 4, 2014 8:00 am

    A grave community warning

    For most Bermudians the annual Cup Match Holiday was a great time to celebrate with exciting cricket, friendships old and new, while at the same time reflecting on the history that started it all, which has evolved into a centrepiece of community togetherness that continues to expand.

    As a result of so many groups and organisations, endeavouring to build a better Bermuda, it is nothing short of shocking to discover that during those...

  • Jul 28, 2014 8:00 am

    There’s no need to destroy ourselves

    No need to destroy the house, over a heated debate at the kitchen

    table, over the colour of curtains for the living room. Here in our little Bermuda, it would seem we have not learned from history, that without applying reason and common sense to solving problems we open the door to those who may not be committed to building harmony, unless it is under their terms.

    America almost destroyed itself, because the confederate...

  • Jul 26, 2014 8:00 am

    An awful political mess

    It doesn’t take a political expert to determine that our Bermudian political arena has degenerated into a terrible mess, with revelation after revelation that honesty and transparency have been conspicuously absent in the conduct of the people’s business.

    As one person said to me, “who would have thought things would have turned out this way, so soon after what the island experienced during the administration of the Progressive...

  • Jul 15, 2014 8:00 am

    The true will of the people

    Political leaders throughout much of the world have a tendency to speak as though their objectives are representative of everyone, even those who disagree with them for whatever reason.

    Of course in dictatorial settings whether the people agree or disagree makes no difference. Those in power usually make it clear that objectors will be treated as insubordinates.

    In a true democracy the people should always have the right of free...

  • Jul 14, 2014 8:00 am

    Another year, another road safety campaign

    Yet another well-intentioned road safety campaign has been launched by the police.

    Once again it hopes to alter the poor attitudes, bordering on recklessness, of so many of the riders and drivers on this Island.

    Efforts have been made in the past, with little, or no success. Even gruesome pictures of mangled, blood soaked victims, have failed to make an impact.

    And only when a life is lost is there a brief moment when cries...

  • Jul 9, 2014 8:00 am

    The changing of our cultural guard

    Bermuda is undergoing a challenging period of change, which could be affecting how we deal with a wide range of sensitive issues. Our Island has endured numerous difficult times over many decades, and despite grave social injustices of the past, our survival seems to have been rooted in a cultural foundation, that transcended the obstacles standing in the way of freedom and justice for all.

    The post-slavery era was perhaps more...

  • Jul 1, 2014 8:00 am

    A lesson from nature

    By Al Seymour

    Just about everyone who appreciates the wonders of nature, should be enjoying one of the richest displays of the Poinciana, seen for sometime, as the Island is aglow with what appears to be nature’s version of Christmas during the summer.

    Yes, some might say it happens every year, and is no big thing. We also have sunsets every day, but each has it’s own, once in a lifetime, quality, that should never be taken for...

  • Jun 26, 2014 8:00 am

    Only speeders fear the radar

    Those who ride and drive within the lawful speed limits, even at the expense of being jeered by others who ignore traffic rules, can do so without any fear of falling victim to radar traps, designed to discourage recklessness on our roads.

    The same principle holds true for those who disregard laws concerning illegal drugs, which have impacted life in many countries including our island home Bermuda, to an extent where a bill was...

  • A reckless form of protest
    Jun 24, 2014 8:00 am

    A reckless form of protest

    When workers down tools, especially in areas involving essential services without notice, it is difficult not to see such action as reckless and somewhat irresponsible, no matter what the issue may be.

    It also highlights the urgent need for legislation that would clearly spell out measures to protect the worker, and also to safeguard continuity in services vital not only to our tourist industry, but also Bermudians who rely on such...

  • Jun 18, 2014 8:00 am

    No need to poison young fresh minds

    As Bermuda continues its struggle in trying to regain its footing toward positive objectives about our way of life, the building blocks which really are our young people, are being cracked by negative outpouring by some, who feel entitled to venting their personal gripes, sending signals that an organised plot is afoot to prevent diversified growth in our communities.

    A life boat will never make it to shore, if some passengers paddling...

  • Jun 5, 2014 8:00 am

    Trying to keep the house clean

    No matter what the outcome of the current cannabis debate in Parliament, Government will be faced with a critical decision that should be based, not on what might be popular, but what is the right thing to do, to prevent a “marijuanagate” opening, with no way to legally close it.

    It is a highly controversial subject, that has many families in a mute state, because so many have, or are engaging in, the use of cannabis which is...

  • Jun 3, 2014 8:00 am

    Political mudslinging stains everyone

    If there were microphones at the dinner table of every Bermudian home, and things said could be heard by members of Parliament, there might be a different tone when representatives gather to conduct the business of the people.

    No one is perfect in this world, and striving for the highest standards of decency, is an endless endeavour for all.

    With so many critical problems facing a changing Bermuda, there is little room for...

  • May 29, 2014 8:00 am

    A stark summer warning for all

    Summer can be a beautiful time in Bermuda with plenty of glorious weather and our wonderful beaches, but, beneath the surface, a new era of unlimited distractions for youngsters, specially with communication devices that many parents are not even familiar with, carries hidden dangers that should not be ignored.

    Parents are probably already struggling with new challenges that leave them feeling somewhat helpless, in trying to stay on...

  • May 27, 2014 8:00 am

    An opportunity to rebuild

    Bermuda has weathered many storms over the years, be they natural, or man-made, and all have tested the true Bermuda spirit to the fullest.

    History has shown that even at the worst of those times it was that Bermuda spirit that kept our island home from sinking into the abyss of total despair.

    Then, as now, the heroes, who guided Bermuda through the worst of the storm, knew that pulling together as a people would be the only way...

  • May 24, 2014 8:00 am

    Public relations and Government

    In any democratic Government the task of public relations is most important, because when the there is a highly sensitive issue that is not handled well misconceptions run wild, and confrontation takes centre stage, usually devolving into further political divisiveness.

    Bermuda needs to work collectively in order to regain an economic footing that would truly benefit all.

    It is certainly not news that our economic state was far...

  • May 21, 2014 8:00 am

    A hard lesson for all politicians

    The fall of Premier Craig Cannonier after only 17 months on the job should be a warning to those elected to serve the people of Bermuda.

    No one on either side of our political divide should gloat or view his departure as leader of the One Bermuda Alliance as some type of earth shattering development for Bermuda.

    Perhaps the most vital lesson out of this political fall is that taking your eye off the ball of promised transparency...

  • May 19, 2014 8:00 am

    Poor judgement and political damage

    Political parties in jurisdictions globally are known to make decisions, at times, through poor judgement, resulting in serious damage to credibility and often further damage is caused if efforts to correct the problem fall short in restoring confidence when it comes to being transparent in dealing with a particular issue.

    The current Jetgate scandal has the Opposition Progressive Labour Party in a take-no-prisoners mood, attacking the...

  • May 12, 2014 8:00 am

    Horror and shame in Nigeria

    Global attention has been focused on Nigeria as that country finds itself in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. While much of the country enjoys a peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims, the situation is far different in isolated areas in the far north, where Boko Haram are blamed for hundreds of killings, as they target those who display an interest in western education.

    With the latest abduction of young girls from...

  • Apr 29, 2014 8:00 am

    A return to the wild west

    Few people are unaware of the number of horrible events in the United States in recent years, largely because guns are so plentiful that they often end up in the hands of the mentally challenged, with devastating results, and despite efforts from politicians and various activists groups, the nation is yet to impose tighter gun laws.

    Making matters worse is that new legislation in Atlanta will now permit people to carry guns just about...

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