• Remembering the Belco strike 50 years on

    I went to the meeting on February 2 at BIU Headquarters [the Night of Reflection to mark the 50th anniversary of the Belco strike], which was well attended and conducted in a well-organised and sometimes humorous manner.

    The main speaker was Ottiwell Simmons, who said Bermuda had come a long way since the Stone Age conditions of the 1960s.

    I disagree, because the working conditions at Belco were defmitely...

  • More tax is asking too much of public

    Increasing taxes? Continuously decreasing jobs?

    This just goes to show you how stupid some members of the One Bermuda Alliance can truly get.

    How is a person without a job, male or female, supposed to pay their taxes, let alone increased taxes?

    If the OBA isn’t paying that bill, are you now saying such a person will be locked up because of something stupid you arranged?

    How will they pay once they are locked up? It will be harder to do so,...

    • Mar 3, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Island’s people key to tourism recovery

    Island’s people key to tourism recovery

    Dear Editor,

    This is an open letter to all of us that live on this beautiful rock called Bermuda and it is home for all of us — blacks, whites, Portuguese, expats and more.

    Let me clarify from the outset for people that don’t know me, I am an expat and English is a third language for me. We can, therefore, skip all the comments on how to structure the letter and what was the right word and grammar to use.

    I am writing this note because I feel that after all these years we...

    • Mar 2, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Astonished at selective quoting from blog post

    Astonished at selective quoting from blog post

    Dear Editor,

    I was bemused and astonished to find myself directly referenced in a Letter To The Editor (LTTE) published in your February 27, 2015 edition titled “Bemused and Astonished by PLP Hypocrisy”.

    In it the writer, who has elected to use the pen-name “Not a Stone Thrower”, correctly referenced an October 23, 2008 post on my blog “Catch a Fire” where I noted the similarities between a speech by then Premier Dr Brown and one given by that great revolutionary communist Leon...

    • Mar 2, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Bemused and astonished by PLP hypocrisy

    Bemused and astonished by PLP hypocrisy

    Dear Editor,

    I have been bemused and astonished by the level of hypocrisy recently levelled by the PLP, and its blindly loyal cronies, at Government MP Leah Scott, in respect of her recent letter to the editor and the allegations of plagiarism.

    On 25 October 2011, Sam Strangeways reporting for The Royal Gazette (http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20111025/NEWS01/710259958) wrote the following:

    Premier Paula Cox has been criticised by a youth charity for lifting a...

    • Feb 27, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Is it too late to rethink furlough days?

    Dear Editor,

    I wonder if it isn’t too late to rethink the furlough day option for Government employees?

    Now that we all understand, from the recent Budget, what a serious position we are in, I would think most Government workers would rather go “onwards and upwards together”, sharing in the sacrifice rather than having to watch some suffer layoffs, wage reductions or loss of health coverage.

    As a civil servant, I would be more than willing to continue this option rather...

    • Feb 26, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Economy boost: give all PRCs status

    Dear Editor,

    Why not accord status to all PRCs, resident or not, and without all the paperwork.

    Government has already subjected every PRC to copious investigation. Some will then likely return, which would provide relief for the economy.

    Another boost for the economy would be to rent cars to visitors, provided they are licensed elsewhere.

    This would entice seniors, who will not rent bikes. We could rent Smart Cars so they would be immediately visible to...

    • Feb 26, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Leave trees alone in their own glory

    Leave trees alone in their own glory

    Dear Editor,

    I guess I’m a tree-hugger. Leave the trees alone and in their own glory. Don’t clothe them in crochet!

    What next? Dogs in skirts?

    Anonymous

    • Feb 26, 2015 8:00 am
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  • ‘Cut and paste’ letter sets a bad example

    On Friday, the Honourable Leah Scott JP MP issued an op-ed in the form of a letter to the editor in The Royal Gazette headlined “Women must try to be allies, not enemies”.

    The letter tried to discuss unity between women. Ironically, Ms Scott started and ended her article attacking another woman, radio host Sherri J.

    It seemed as if Ms Scott took issue with allegations made by a third party about the radio host.

    Interestingly, the MP did not reach...

    • Feb 23, 2015 8:00 am
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  • No power in MP’s call for women to unite

    I write in response to MP Leah Scott’s letter that appeared in The Royal Gazette on Friday.

    In her letter, Ms Scott attacked radio host Sherri J Simmons because a friend had informed her that Sherri J made remarks about her on her show.

    The MP goes on to say that she does not know Sherri J, she only knows her husband, but that Sherri J is a host of a radio show.

    This is what gets me — instead of the MP contacting Sherri J to speak about why she...

    • Feb 23, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Women must try to be allies, not enemies

    A friend of mine sent me an e-mail the other day. He said: “Leah, Sherri J has been on a real ‘lovefest’ here lately when it comes to you. Yesterday, she practically read your bio on her show to emphasise you being a ‘status’ Bermudian and all. What have you ever done to her, honey?”

    Well, I actually have no answer to that question. I don’t know Sherri J, and I know nothing about her, other than the fact that she is married to Jamahl Simmons and she hosts the Sherri J...

    • Feb 20, 2015 8:00 am
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