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  • Truth and accountability are the essential pillars of democracy
    Mar 18, 2017 8:00 am

    Truth and accountability are the essential pillars of democracy

    Democracy should never be taken for granted, since there are always those who choose to operate outside of basic commonsense rules that promote order, honesty, integrity and transparency. This is particularly required when it comes to leadership...

  • A shameful sequence of events on planet earth
    Mar 16, 2017 8:00 am

    A shameful sequence of events on planet earth

    Suffering and the enormous death toll for millions of men women and children in parts of Africa and the Middle East is a dilemma that has become so critical that António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, will travel to Geneva next...

  • Violent crime often has its roots in early experiences
    Mar 14, 2017 8:00 am

    Violent crime often has its roots in early experiences

    It is a very positive move by the island’s sports clubs to collectively confront what is a disturbing trend of violent conduct by some of our younger people that at times is displayed on the field of play, causing disruption and concern among...

  • Reckless speeding and overtaking should concern every Bermudian
    Mar 11, 2017 8:00 am

    Reckless speeding and overtaking should concern every Bermudian

    If there was some way of recording every close call on our roads through reckless and aggressive attitudes by some drivers and riders, statistics each day would probably be so high, one would think we are talking about a larger country. The truth...

  • Politicians and playing footloose with the truth
    Mar 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Politicians and playing footloose with the truth

    It is a battle that is being waged around the world, especially in democratic jurisdictions where the people are subjected to conditions they know would be better if greater emphasis was placed on truth during the decision-making process of those...

  • Reason for the world to tremble
    Mar 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Reason for the world to tremble

    Mounting global concern continues over what to expect from America’s new administration under Donald Trump, who has been successful in lighting a fire of discontent never seen before within the United States, and around the world.

    The...

  • Bullying tactics create a psychological wall
    Mar 1, 2017 8:00 am

    Bullying tactics create a psychological wall

    Most of the world by now is aware of the highly controversial wall that Donald Trump hopes to build between the United States and Mexico. He will do it, as he says, to protect Americans from illegal immigrants, whom he described in terms that...

  • America and the need for international diplomacy
    Feb 27, 2017 8:00 am

    America and the need for international diplomacy

    It is no secret to even casual observers of global events that since Donald Trump moved into the White House after a blistering campaign to shake up Washington and the world, international diplomacy became an area where concerns mounted over...

  • Something for youngsters to think about
    Feb 21, 2017 8:00 am

    Something for youngsters to think about

    There is growing concern throughout much of the United States over an increasing amount of illegal drug-related deaths, with some medical experts describing it as an epidemic that could be spiralling out of control.

    Much of the nation is...

  • Beware those who are at war with the media
    Feb 20, 2017 8:00 am

    Beware those who are at war with the media

    Without the media, imperfect as they may be, many terrible injustices against men, women and children would be for ever swept under the carpet by brutally murderous regimes that cling to power by crushing resistance with any method at their...

  • The Bermuda family in crisis
    Feb 13, 2017 8:00 am

    The Bermuda family in crisis

    Crumbling families is a worldwide problem that is eating away at the core of the moral fibre of community infrastructures at an alarming rate. Trying to reverse this trend, which threatens what should be the anchor of society, is a global...

  • The world ponders this new US administration
    Feb 8, 2017 8:00 am

    The world ponders this new US administration

    No political expertise is required to be deeply concerned about the new American administration under Donald Trump, who continues to baffle experts as to what pattern is forming. It has resulted in the word “dictatorial” cropping up when it comes...

  • Composing the Bermuda symphony
    Feb 6, 2017 8:00 am

    Composing the Bermuda symphony

    There is a great lesson for all in what it takes to perform a great symphony with so many musicians and a wide range of different instruments. They have specific parts to play and ultimately produce a special sound of beauty in rich...

  • International shock waves of the Trump variety
    Jan 31, 2017 8:00 am

    International shock waves of the Trump variety

    Much of the world is in a state of shock over immigration policies implemented by the new administration of the United States, as President Donald Trump, with the stroke of a pen, carried out a threat that he hammered home while campaigning for...

  • Confrontational fever will hurt us
    Jan 28, 2017 8:00 am

    Confrontational fever will hurt us

    Political confrontation fever that shows no sign of abating in the face of an approaching General Election could hurt us economically and socially if the temperature of anger and emotional reactions are allowed to run amok.

    Most Bermudians...

  • The media must not and will not be silenced
    Jan 25, 2017 8:00 am

    The media must not and will not be silenced

    Those who fear truth usually have something to hide, and for that reason the free press around the world will always be attacked for ripping off the covers to reveal truth. That should be the hallmark for any true democracy, operating on the...

  • There is no law against thinking
    Jan 23, 2017 8:00 am

    There is no law against thinking

    Millions of people around the world watched in stunned bewilderment that one of the most controversial figures to ever enter the field of politics in America, had garnished enough support to become president of the most powerful nation on Earth.

  • Unleash shining hope in our youth
    Jan 20, 2017 8:00 am

    Unleash shining hope in our youth

    With an election year unfolding, and the usual divisive rhetoric starting to fill the air, there will be no shortage of vitriolic statements floating about that are designed to gain or rekindle support from various segments of the community. In...

  • Getting to the truth
    Jan 14, 2017 8:00 am

    Getting to the truth

    The free press around the world is facing testing times in a climate of slick clever twisting of facts, by numerous leading officials, and the people are swamped with multitudes of incidents where truth is seldom put out front, in efforts to...

  • Obama a ray of light in deeply divided nation
    Jan 12, 2017 8:00 am

    Obama a ray of light in deeply divided nation

    With much of the world watching, including Bermuda, US President Barack Obama, in his final address to America before leaving office, poured his heart and soul into expressing the values he believes must be protected so those who value love,...

  • In praise of our garbage men
    Jan 9, 2017 8:00 am

    In praise of our garbage men

    It takes a great deal of teamwork to keep Bermuda running on a path that hopefully promotes commitment and respect for all those who each day make a contribution in some way, that enhances our infrastructure. While much of it is taken for granted...

  • We need to catch ourselves before we wreck ourselves
    Jan 5, 2017 8:00 am

    We need to catch ourselves before we wreck ourselves

    No type of science is needed to sense that emotions and tempers are boiling over an issue that has caused the drawing of verbal swords at a time when Bermuda should be mature enough to avoid sinking our island ship. But sink it we are in the...

  • Our only option is co-operation
    Dec 28, 2016 8:00 am

    Our only option is co-operation

    As the holiday atmosphere begins to fade, with a new year about to unfold and the reality of the many unresolved problems both here in Bermuda and around the world, the issue of whether the world is moving in the right direction is an...

  • Blowin’ in the wind
    Dec 24, 2016 8:00 am

    Blowin’ in the wind

    A song written by Bob Dylan in 1962 is very relevant in today’s world of expanding terrorism and massive human suffering in places such Syria and other parts of the Middle East.

    Not much has changed since that song was penned, posing vital...

  • A time to refresh our attitudes
    Dec 21, 2016 8:00 am

    A time to refresh our attitudes

    We are drawing close to the end of a year, with much to cheer about and also a great deal to be concerned about as Bermuda continues to move towards a new era of development that will demand our very best in attitudes and a collective...

  • We’re all Bermudians, let’s work together
    Dec 17, 2016 8:00 am

    We’re all Bermudians, let’s work together

    Bermuda is facing a wide range of challenges in our cultural and business infrastructure, and there are growing concerns that unless there is a higher standard of respect and collective transparency from our leaders, our journey into the new...

  • A courageous step that could protect others
    Dec 15, 2016 8:00 am

    A courageous step that could protect others

    Much of the island is still reeling from the shocking revelation by two outstanding footballers, who are also coaches of repute, that they had been molested sexually as youngsters and now felt the need to tell their story in the hope that in...

  • The times really are a changing
    Dec 13, 2016 8:00 am

    The times really are a changing

    That age-old ingredient known as discipline, which has been used in teaching important lessons about life, has been crumbling for many decades to a point where many children today expect to say and do what they please — and often take exception...

  • New dangers of misinformation
    Dec 12, 2016 8:00 am

    New dangers of misinformation

    Throughout recorded history there have always been situations where the truth has been smothered by those who seek to misguide others by trying to give an inaccurate version of an event because the true picture is not what they are willing to...

  • Bermuda needs a pause button
    Dec 10, 2016 8:00 am

    Bermuda needs a pause button

    In the electronic world, technology has so advanced that in the middle of a movie the viewer has the ability to stop the action by simply touching a pause button. However, in the real world, when things go terribly wrong, there is no button to...

  • The horrors of Syria: out of sight, out of mind
    Dec 3, 2016 8:00 am

    The horrors of Syria: out of sight, out of mind

    Much of the world seems to have taken the view that the tragic devastation taking place in a place called Aleppo, in Syria, is some distant horror story that is best handled by that old saying: “Out of sight, out of mind.”

    Decades ago,...

  • No turning back over new airport
    Dec 1, 2016 8:00 am

    No turning back over new airport

    The building of a new airport for Bermuda is as critical for our future as the decision by General Dwight Eisenhower, who later became President of the United States. After pondering the pros and cons, which included enormous sacrifice of lives,...

  • We all have a role in kicking gangs out of football
    Nov 26, 2016 8:00 am

    We all have a role in kicking gangs out of football

    Some us can recall the days when exciting football matches were played on a Sunday afternoon at a place called the Box. It was opposite the old Berkeley Institute building, which is being used at present by the Bermuda Electric Light Company. The...

  • Real test for Trump Administration
    Nov 23, 2016 8:00 am

    Real test for Trump Administration

    There is little doubt that America is very divided after terribly bitter campaigns that culminated in Republican Donald Trump being elected to replace the outgoing President Barack Obama as the 45th commander-in-chief of the most powerful nation...

  • Seasonal warnings not to be ignored
    Nov 22, 2016 8:00 am

    Seasonal warnings not to be ignored

    Activities associated with the festive season are very much under way, with a steady increase in retailers promoting their items to boost the gift-giving spirit that sweeps across the island, as once again we celebrate Christmas.

    In the...

  • The struggle to recapture values
    Nov 19, 2016 8:00 am

    The struggle to recapture values

    Bermuda, like many countries around the world, is confronted with a change in basic attitudes that decades ago were taken for granted. That change, which has sparked numerous conversations and debates in family gatherings and community groups,...

  • The new challenging age for journalism
    Nov 17, 2016 8:00 am

    The new challenging age for journalism

    There is an old saying that a lie travels much faster than the truth. Today, with massive modern communication gadgets sweeping the globe, very little takes place without others thousands of miles away being informed instantly — often with...

  • No need to push the panic button
    Nov 15, 2016 8:00 am

    No need to push the panic button

    The presidential election in the United States was contested by one of the most controversial candidates in the country’s history. Now president-elect Donald Trump is poised to become commander-in-chief, a reality that is still reverberating...

  • Election leaves us waiting to exhale
    Nov 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Election leaves us waiting to exhale

    After one of the most stunning political developments in America’s history, the world is awaiting the outcome of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s powerful victory over Hillary Clinton as he prepares to become the next president of the...

  • Our children in the shadows
    Nov 5, 2016 8:00 am

    Our children in the shadows

    The festive season is fast approaching, when thoughts shift to celebration, gifts and family gatherings. On an island that has a reputation for being among the most affluent for its size, there are more children in the shadows of society than is...

  • Political leadership and what is expected
    Nov 3, 2016 8:00 am

    Political leadership and what is expected

    Under dictatorial regimes, the people have no say over whether a policy is good or bad for the country. Dictators are not concerned about what people expect from them, but rather what they expect from the people — without question. It is a...

  • America in fear of itself
    Nov 1, 2016 8:00 am

    America in fear of itself

    Few people are unaware of the massive political divisiveness that has many Americans extremely concerned about the outcome of that nation’s most contentious presidential election in its history.

    When President Delano Roosevelt made the...

  • We must stay focused on the positive
    Oct 29, 2016 8:00 am

    We must stay focused on the positive

    Even during these testing economic times, with growing concern about crime, illegal drugs, antisocial behaviour, lingering matters relating to senior citizens care, and what some folks perceive is a Bermuda losing its way, there are still...

  • A problem touching the lives of all Bermudians
    Oct 26, 2016 8:00 am

    A problem touching the lives of all Bermudians

    Recent headlines about violent crime with lives lost have cut deep into our Bermudian social infrastructure, with a wide range of views as to how we arrived at this stage, and over what to do about halting what appears to be a steady decline in...

  • The danger in attacking the media
    Oct 22, 2016 8:00 am

    The danger in attacking the media

    As the race for the White House enters its closing stages, with only weeks to go before America decides just who it feels is better suited to be commander-in-chief of the most powerful nation on Earth, the media will be playing a key role in the...

  • An undercurrent of violent crime
    Oct 19, 2016 8:00 am

    An undercurrent of violent crime

    On viewing our scenic South Shore waters on a calm sunny day, there is usually no sign of hidden dangers beneath the surface in the form of undercurrents that have caught even strong swimmers off guard, and there have been occasions when some...

  • If only we could keep that team spirit
    Oct 17, 2016 8:00 am

    If only we could keep that team spirit

    One could almost feel the team spirit beginning to surface as Hurricane Nicole rumbled with ferocious power towards our island Bermuda. There was little doubt that we would all be in for one of nature’s most feared storms, which showed no sign of...

  • Crucial political storm for America
    Oct 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Crucial political storm for America

    Much of the world, including our island of Bermuda, has been watching with amazement the stunning twist and turns of the campaigns to choose the next president of the United States, which has turned into a political storm that is rocking the...

  • Fence builders need not apply
    Oct 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Fence builders need not apply

    As Bermuda continues its journey towards a more inclusive society, one of the lingering obstacles is the struggle to eliminate leftover emotional fences

    stemming mainly from a past of social injustice. This even though much has been...

  • Our troubled political waters
    Oct 10, 2016 8:00 am

    Our troubled political waters

    Bermuda is in need of some clearing of political waters that continue to churn in a manner that makes it difficult to see what is really going on beneath the surface.

    It certainly was no surprise to learn that in an island-wide poll, it was...

  • The truth and nothing but the truth
    Oct 1, 2016 8:00 am

    The truth and nothing but the truth

    The Bermudian electorate is certainly entitled to truth, and nothing but the truth, when it comes to how the public purse is handled by those they have elected to oversee all matters that involve use of the taxpayers’ money. This is to ensure...

  • Bermudian family values under siege
    Sep 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Bermudian family values under siege

    When the family unit begins to crack for whatever reasons, values for good positive living are sometimes neglected, even when there is no intention to do so, and troubled young minds become vulnerable to negative elements that are never far away.

  • Selective transparency could damage credibility
    Sep 28, 2016 8:00 am

    Selective transparency could damage credibility

    In many areas of public life, and that includes the political arena, there is always a question of operating with transparency to avoid losing credibility with various segments of the community when there is a perception that important...

  • Public have a key role to play in fighting crime
    Sep 26, 2016 8:00 am

    Public have a key role to play in fighting crime

    Whenever a serious crime is committed anywhere in the world, police often without hesitation are the ones first on the scene, which is what most people expect, since their mandate is to serve and protect.

    However, it is not unusual for...

  • Abuse and neglect result in too many suffering children
    Sep 23, 2016 8:00 am

    Abuse and neglect result in too many suffering children

    The statistics are so staggering on abused and neglected children suffering throughout the world today that it is almost incomprehensible. With all the scientific advances in this modern era, defenceless children are dying by the thousands each...

  • A long way from the brotherhood table
    Sep 17, 2016 8:00 am

    A long way from the brotherhood table

    A political bomb exploded over the weekend in the American presidential election campaigns, when GOP candidate Donald Trump finally admitted that president Barack Obama was born in the United States, after years of pushing a perception he held...

  • Grave international concerns
    Sep 13, 2016 8:00 am

    Grave international concerns

    On a beautiful day here in Bermuda, with our colourful foliage, singing birds, and watching children at play, it is almost unthinkable that somewhere else on our planet, weapons are being developed that once used, could change the state of life...

  • The road ahead for Bermuda
    Sep 10, 2016 8:00 am

    The road ahead for Bermuda

    Observing the ocean on a calm day with drifting white clouds slowly moving across a rich blue sky would give the impression that, at least for the moment, all is well, and that everything is in order on this beautiful island home we call...

  • The hurricane spirit can help to unite us
    Sep 7, 2016 8:00 am

    The hurricane spirit can help to unite us

    Bermuda like many countries large and small, is confronted with challenges in trying to cope with constantly changing patterns of modern-day lifestyles, and some values that were pillars in our society appear to be under threat. Despite much...

  • Politicians should be wary of voters’ power
    Sep 1, 2016 8:00 am

    Politicians should be wary of voters’ power

    The political temperature is rising as a General Election for Bermuda looms in the not-too-distant future.

    An anxious public is wondering whether our two political parties will become more obsessed with status-building, rather than getting...

  • The best medal of all
    Aug 27, 2016 8:00 am

    The best medal of all

    When the final switch was pulled to shut down the lights and mark the end of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro last weekend, it ended 2½ weeks of spectacular events, which included the gutsy effort in the women’s triathlon by Bermuda’s Flora...

  • A swirling tide of distractions
    Aug 22, 2016 8:00 am

    A swirling tide of distractions

    Parents today are faced with a more daunting task than salmon swimming upstream: keeping young minds from being swallowed up by ever-widening cyberspace distractions that take new forms almost daily in a world where seeking superficial thrills...

  • A statement without words
    Aug 20, 2016 8:00 am

    A statement without words

    All wars involve horrible acts, with gross suffering and relentless killing by both sides. And when bombs explode and bullets fly, people die by the thousands. The victims are not just soldiers, but also innocent people are also caught in the...

  • No room for political games
    Aug 16, 2016 8:00 am

    No room for political games

    The free press has recently come under fire in the United States, with one presidential candidate referring to journalists as the lowest form of life. This assertion, of course, came from GOP representative Donald Trump, who has a litany of...

  • Expanding no-smoking areas is right thing
    Aug 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Expanding no-smoking areas is right thing

    Heavy smokers will not be pleased with the efforts to enforce further restrictions on where people can light up, even though there is well-documented evidence that second-hand smoke has taken a heavy toll, with victims in just about every country...

  • Trying to assess the state of Bermuda
    Aug 13, 2016 8:00 am

    Trying to assess the state of Bermuda

    Bermuda is still very special to most of us, despite the long journey from the dark chapters of gross social injustice emanating from the era of slavery. Although there are still mountains to climb in the quest to embrace each other, irrespective...

  • Vulgarity and crudeness must never be tolerated
    Aug 6, 2016 8:00 am

    Vulgarity and crudeness must never be tolerated

    The 2016 annual Cup Match, which most would agree lived up to expectations when it came to cricket excitement, is now history — and congratulations should be meted out to all who played a part in making this year’s event another success in...

  • The need for more common sense
    Jul 25, 2016 8:00 am

    The need for more common sense

    After just about every conflict in the labour arena, we hear plenty of talk about finding ways to settle disputes without having to shut down crucial services to make a point. It would appear that not much progress has occurred in handling...

  • Combating terrorism must involve all free nations
    Jul 22, 2016 8:00 am

    Combating terrorism must involve all free nations

    When a mind so badly poisoned with blind hatred resorts to actions that defy common decency and respect for others, and inflicts pain and suffering without regard for anyone, innocent people fall victim to an evil that leaves most of the world in...

  • Lessons from the US presidential campaigns
    Jul 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Lessons from the US presidential campaigns

    There is more than enough to learn about the world of politics by simply observing what is happening in America, as Republicans and Democrats have become entangled in perhaps one of the most bizarre, perplexing and bitter encounters in the...

  • Our children are at risk of becoming desperate
    Jul 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Our children are at risk of becoming desperate

    It may seem somewhat confusing to state that our children are at risk, when daily we see and hear of expanding opportunities in so many areas for young people. This during a time when more doors are opening for potential careers than ever...

  • A wake-up call for America
    Jul 9, 2016 8:00 am

    A wake-up call for America

    The dramatic footage of a man dying as his girlfriend tried to relate to the world what was happening via her mobile phone, after he was shot apparently several times by police in the wake of a traffic stop over a defective light, may be the last...

  • An epidemic with no apparent cure
    Jul 6, 2016 8:00 am

    An epidemic with no apparent cure

    In recent years just about every possible scheme has been tried, to curb the high rate of speeding on Bermuda’s roads, even using methods to show graphic injuries suffered in high-speed crashes, with little or no change in attitudes by too many...

  • World on alert for strange new war
    Jul 2, 2016 8:00 am

    World on alert for strange new war

    Much of the world, especially airports, are deeply engaged in trying to avoid what some experts feel is the unavoidable when terrorists resort to bold acts of mass murder, with absolutely no regard for the innocent or even their lives, in trying...

  • Waiting for the fallout
    Jun 30, 2016 8:00 am

    Waiting for the fallout

    During the tense international situation in the early Sixties, the potential for nuclear conflict loomed when Russian ships with missile parts were heading for Cuba — after being warned not to do so by the United States Government — with the rest...

  • Why we need more heroes
    Jun 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Why we need more heroes

    Sir John Swan, the former Premier of Bermuda who recently became the newest national hero to be honoured for services to the island, mentioned how everyone could be a hero by simply staying positive and focus on helping to contribute in many ways...

  • New concerns about the lone wolf
    Jun 25, 2016 8:00 am

    New concerns about the lone wolf

    The barbershop is usually a place for discussion on just about any subject. Recently, one person reflecting on tragic events both in America and in Britain suggested that we are living in times when it matters little where you are, and that one...

  • Confused signals and public reaction
    Jun 18, 2016 8:00 am

    Confused signals and public reaction

    Most of us are not privy to detailed information regarding decisions by those in authority on a number of important issues, especially when it involves consideration for a Bermudian to fill the post of Commissioner of Education. Having had...

  • Human rights, civil rights and values
    Jun 13, 2016 8:00 am

    Human rights, civil rights and values

    The issues of human rights, civil rights and values for positive living have been challenges for centuries. Throughout the ages, millions have perished in conflicts fought for freedom, respect and civil order.

    Whenever the subject of...

  • Turning a page in American history
    Jun 11, 2016 8:00 am

    Turning a page in American history

    Bermuda has always been associated with much of American history, which included involvement in a civil war that almost destroyed that nation. It was fought mainly over the issue of human rights for all, as ending slavery ushered in a chapter of...

  • The mark of a good leader
    Jun 9, 2016 8:00 am

    The mark of a good leader

    The world seems to be clamouring for a leader capable of embracing the best qualities of all cultures, along with an unquestionable commitment to the highest standards of respect and decency, and with an unshakeable vision for creating justice...

  • Without the free press, democracy dies
    Jun 8, 2016 8:00 am

    Without the free press, democracy dies

    There will always be ferocious opponents to the free press, especially when their task of revealing truths runs counter to objectives of some who prefer a steamroller approach in crushing efforts to put the journalism microscope on various...

  • The gun issue – a community problem
    Jun 3, 2016 8:00 am

    The gun issue – a community problem

    When the trigger is pulled, setting off a small explosion in the gun chamber, within a second not one, but many lives could drastically change when a victim falls to the ground in a lifeless form. There are countless questions as to why and how...

  • We must continue to hope  history will not repeat itself
    Jun 2, 2016 8:00 am

    We must continue to hope history will not repeat itself

    Wars of every type usually result in mass casualties, with most of them civilian, as powerful weapons destroy life whether it is military personnel or the innocent. Everyone is caught up in violent conflict over the pursuit of ultimate power and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • ‘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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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