• Is this an example of toxicity in Bermuda?

    Is this an example of toxicity in Bermuda?

    The numbers cited by the Minister of Finance as proof the economy is turning around have spurred much commentary. David Burt, the Shadow Minister of Finance, said in response: “The drop in unemployment is not a result of more jobs, but a result of Bermudians either giving up looking for work or leaving Bermuda entirely.” Ninety-eight comments were recorded in the response to the reporting of...

  • Megaship not the solution for St George’s

    Megaship not the solution for St George’s

    The internet lists several cruise ships for sale serving 500 to 1000 passengers at advertised prices from $8-25m. These are older boats, (no thrusters for easy docking) and proper prices have to be negotiated.

    This think-outside-the-box solution for a weekly St George’s cruise ship in season, and an opportunity for a two-weekly cruise to Bermuda and selected Caribbean Leeward islands in the winter, may not be feasible.

    We may have to find an operator because we...

    • Sep 2, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Borrowing level has become unsustainable

    Borrowing level has become unsustainable

    This letter is in response to Mr Chris Famous’s letter in The Royal Gazette dated August 21, 2015 concerning the size of the Civil Service. First of all Mr Famous, thanks for the statistics.

    The Civil Service increased by 1,139 people between 1998 and 2012, but you did not tell me or the readers the total cost to Government of these new employees, ie, salaries, healthcare costs, pensions, etc. Was Government so deficient in those services in 1998 that they needed 1,139...

    • Sep 2, 2015 8:00 am
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  • We must hold the Government to account

    We must hold the Government to account

    I can’t imagine the consequences for me writing this letter, but I believe there are three things we can’t hide. The sun, moon and the truth.

    The present Government led by Premier Fahy, oh, I’m sorry, Premier Dunkley, Mr Richards, and Mr Crockwell have clearly demonstrated to the people of Bermuda that they are only interested in protecting the big businesses, raising taxes, and instituting laws which make Bermudians foreign in their own country; not to mention the fact...

    • Sep 2, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Bermuda is becoming unkempt

    Bermuda is becoming unkempt

    Dear Mr Editor,

    A friend of mine just visited after living here and could not help but notice how unkept Bermuda has become. I agreed.

    Driving around my Bermuda home, I cannot help but notice the rapid deterioration it is going through.

    Government properties such as post offices and graveyards are neglected and falling by the wayside. Weeds and cane grass are taking over almost every little road, and on the whole our infrastructure is crying out for attention.

    Two...

    • Sep 1, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Government refuses to respect the people

    Government refuses to respect the people

    The following is an open letter to the Government of Bermuda.

    There is grave concern when a sitting government is determined to ignore its own perils. That the Premier, the finance minister, the home affairs minister, the Attorney-General, the rest of the Cabinet, the backbenchers and selected senators are so engaged in being absorbed with the power and authority of their positions, they allow a spirit of self-will to override their common sense.

    Even more...

    • Sep 1, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Radio has been used as bully pulpit

    Radio has been used as bully pulpit

    On Thursday, August 27, at 4.30pm, a caller made the most vicious denunciation of the Government on the Everest Decosta talk show.

    This unedited tirade ranted on for about 25 minutes of free airtime. This very personal vilification of the finance minister and the Government in general covered areas of being the worst administration ever, having done nothing right.

    Then he presumes to speak for all Bermudians of their utter disdain and contempt for them as he saw...

    • Sep 1, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Ways to improve our water safety

    Ways to improve our water safety

    As someone who gets out on the water every chance I get, I would like to suggest the following.

    With regard to use of the waterways, and general marine safety, I think that the 5mph and/or No Wake Zone should begin at the Hamilton Princess.

    The harbour is busy with motor, sail and paddle boating, some swimmers and turtle habitat. As the law states, one can speed through until just before the dinghy club.

    In another matter regarding water safety, I...

    • Sep 1, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Releasing full potential of Bermuda’s youth

    Releasing full potential of Bermuda’s youth

    A fundamental principle in any well-ordered society is to ensure that every young person becomes properly equipped to take their place as a meaningful participant in the work or social environment.

    However, many young people do not recognise that they have a full...

    • Aug 31, 2015 8:00 am
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  • ‘At-risk’ young men betrayed by governments

    ‘At-risk’ young men betrayed by governments

    I have been avidly trying to address the core issue of what contributes to continuation and even expanding risk factors of what the RG editor termed as the endangered species.

    I draw as my reference history a precedent where the fates of young men with “at-risk and deviant behaviours” have changed for the better. Using particularly history that is very close to our scholarship, such as that of 16th-century England, there is clear evidence of how a society filled with...

    • Aug 31, 2015 8:00 am
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  • OBA will never address racial inequities

    OBA will never address racial inequities

    I would like to say a great big thank-you to BELLA57 (The Royal Gazette, August 27) for saying it so well in his letter headlined “Mr Richards should not be hiding facts”.

    Those who missed it should retrace their steps and do so.

    I also agree with Jamahl Simmons, of the PLP, in his article on the same day headlined “Racial inequity is holding us back”.

    But on that score we are hitting our heads against a stone wall.

    The Premier may pat himself and...

    • Aug 31, 2015 8:00 am
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