Mar 4, 2014 8:00 am
In the middle of an economic storm, that has impacted life throughout our communities, Bermuda now finds itself embroiled in complex political soul searching, in order to assess what is really happening between two political parties and management for the future.
While it is no secret that our island remains deeply divided racially in the political arena, many Bermudians have become disgusted over what appears to be a lack of growth in...
Feb 18, 2014 8:00 am
Over the years Bermuda has been rocked with labour disputes that often crippled services causing many to wonder whether any type of disagreement should be allowed to disrupt basic day to day activity necessary for continuity to our labour infrastructure.
Any union representing workers is duty bound to leave no stone unturned in seeking fair play for its members, and that is why it is always hoped that labour agreements with management...
Feb 17, 2014 8:00 am
Many Bermudian families have fallen victim to the scourge of illegal drugs, and despite various programmes aimed at providing guidance, and education, on the dangers of getting involved, there are new victims every day, and this creates a chain reaction of people who are not only a threat to themselves, but to the entire community.
The demand for hard deadly drugs such as heroin, and cocaine, continues to take a heavy toll in the United...
Feb 4, 2014 8:00 am
When General Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the order “we go” for the D Day invasion, he was fully aware of the heavy price that would be paid to obtain victory over Nazi Germany. The Supreme Allied commander also knew that his military career was on the line should the invasion fail, and had penned a note willing to take full blame if things went wrong.
Governments should also be willing to take full responsibility should an initiative...
Jan 30, 2014 8:00 am
The future of any country is in jeopardy when, in the name of progress, the family unit as we once knew it begins to disintegrate under the stress and strain of modern day decisions, usually based on popular concepts of what is best for financial gain and economic power.
There are strong mixed emotions running deep throughout our communities, that our current direction, especially in the world of business, could be inadvertently leading...
Jan 27, 2014 8:00 am
The Bermudian economy is currently in some type of Apollo 13 situation, with the Government of the day struggling to seek solutions to problems that run far deeper than simply trying to create jobs.
With Apollo 13 it took extraordinary efforts, involving the best technical brains working closely together, to bring three astronauts home after a major malfunction deep in space.
Although that incident is now history, lessons from...
Jan 22, 2014 8:00 am
Police around the world are waging a daily battle against an epidemic of online poisoning, where the dark business of exploiting children sexually feeds the lurid cravings of paedophiles, who are willing to pay heavily for this destructive activity.
In recent years thousands of children have been made victims in a terrible evil that continues to ruin lives, and has created a new challenge in the never ending war against crime. Even...
Jan 18, 2014 12:01 am
The current move to decriminalise the use of certain amounts of marijuana is perhaps music to the ears of those who engage in using this substance for whatever reason, but beneath the surface there appears to be hidden political motives based on what is popular and not what is best for this Island and its people.
Marijuana, pot, joint, spliff or whatever term is used to describe this substance derived from a plant has become so popular,...
Jan 15, 2014 8:00 am
Unless there has been a dramatic change in the strong reaction over Government deciding to abolish holding a referendum on whether casinos should be allowed to operate in Bermuda, the Government could find itself in the delicate position of making a choice that will either restore public confidence, or ignite further questions over concerns about their highest priority.
In any democracy worldwide the people want to trust the Government...
Jan 7, 2014 8:00 am
Most of Bermuda was engulfed in grief with the sudden passing recently of not just an elder stateswoman, but one who was a true champion for those with little or no voice in affairs of the Bermuda they helped to build. She displayed no fear in speaking boldly about various situations that made the golden years of many of our seniors anything but golden.
Although she came under ferocious political fire from opponents, Louise Jackson,...
Dec 30, 2013 8:00 am
Bermuda is facing extremely tough decisions in the year ahead, and a good portion of the electorate are pondering whether the political conflict, which shows no sign of abating, could eventually stifle initiatives aimed at moving this Island from an undercurrent of confusion and doubt over how to achieve success.
When the Progressive Labour Party was ousted from power little more than a year ago it was clear that the electorate had...
Dec 21, 2013 8:00 am
Bermuda is inching toward that proverbial fork in the road, with confusion and mixed emotions over which path to take on the sensitive subject of introducing legalised casinos to boost our tourism industry, which is in dire need of added attractions.
This venture has been projected to create a number of jobs for Bermudians at a time when our economic state remains critical.
If it gets the green light the question is, will it be...
Dec 16, 2013 8:00 am
By Al Seymour
In democratic Governments, large and small, there are times when it is essential to make changes in order to achieve better effectiveness, in serving the people in a manner that leaves little doubt that their concerns are being addressed.
Any Government seeking success cannot afford to misread public sentiment, which is the best gauge to monitor the true tone of the electorate. These days those in leadership...
Dec 12, 2013 8:00 am
From leading statesman to regular citizens, millions paid tribute when the death of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, was announced. Even though his passing had been anticipated for some time as his health faded, at 95, there was this feeling as long as he was alive everything would be all right.
Even the world’s most experienced commentators and journalists, found themselves engulfed in a moment of significant...
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.
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