• An argument for legalising drugs

    October 28, 2014

    Dear Mr Editor:

    I am writing this letter because health matters to me, and we have a very unhealthy situation in the use and distribution of illegal drugs.

    These drugs short-circuit the pathways in our brain so that we can avoid the unpleasant.

    By numbing ourselves, we don’t give our mind and body a chance to find healthy ways of facing the many challenges of life.

    Point number...

  • Cannabis prohibition needs to end

    October 29, 2014

    Dear Mr Editor,

    Glancing through recent editions of your paper I had noticed the large full page add taken out to advertise an “informative and educational documentary on Marijuana”. Judging by the basic graphic design and simple explanation of the film, I wrongfully assumed it would be propaganda supporting anti cannabis reform sentiments.

    Fortunately my assumption was incorrect and I watched an enlightening documentary titled The Union.

    • Oct 30, 2014 8:00 am
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  • A sad tale about two new tubs

    Having finally had power and internet restored after 17 and a half days of “indoor camping”, I’d just like to add my name to the ever-lengthening list of those who think that the Emergency Services have done a brilliant job over the past 2 1/2 weeks, and to share this funny but yet rather sad story.

    My daughter, who lives up Rosemont Avenue opposite the Hamilton Princess, had her avocado trees devastated by Fay, and as a result...

    • Oct 30, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Time to bury power cables

    Time to bury power cables

    As a Bermudian living abroad I have been closely following events surrounding the two storms which recently slammed into the Island. Besides the obvious damage to property and foliage I was interested to read that once again Bermudians are left without power for quite an extended period in many cases.

    Over and above the fact of the inconvenience caused to those affected by this, including many business establishments on the Island, there is the...

    • Oct 29, 2014 8:00 am
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  • An underground solution

    October 23, 2014

    Dear Sir

    I fully appreciate that it is both expensive and it can be more difficult to maintain underground wires and that’s why I’d never suggest a wholesale underground system. Having said that, it might be a good idea if those people who find that they are in very vulnerable sites with regard to long-term power loss were to approach Belco with a suggestion that those ‘off the beaten path’ lines be put underground.

    I’ve heard so many stories and the mere...

    • Oct 29, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Trucks should use another route

    If commercial trucks can cause power lines to go down when rounding a corner on Dock Hill, they shouldn’t be allowed to be on that road altogether. It’s bad enough people had to suffer and Belco is racing to replace transformers, then a commercial truck just had to tip over on that corner of Dock Hill.

    An alternative route should be to go straight down Palmetto Road to avoid any extra tip overs in the near...

    • Oct 29, 2014 8:00 am
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  • A classic ghost ship

    A classic ghost ship

    Not to be confused with the Maria Celeste, which ran aground with a bottle of old perfume off Bermuda in the 1870s, the vessel of almost the same name, the Mary Celeste, was found drifting off Santa Maria island in the Azores in December 1872 without any crew. It was hailed as the classic ghost ship. I grew up with the story, which came from my grandmother as it took place before she was born, and it resurfaced recently and following some research I...

    • Oct 29, 2014 8:00 am
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  • A courageous Belco lineman

    A medal should be given to the brave Belco worker who was fixing an electric pole by Tulo Valley Plant Nursery today (because it had previously burned the night before). I don’t know how many workers would’ve attempted something like that in the rain. That’s a lot of courage!

    ANONYMOUS

    Bermuda

    • Oct 29, 2014 8:00 am
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  • A touch of the wartime spirit, God bless Bermuda

    As old as I am, and having nursed as a young girl all through the war in London, I never thought I would experience the feeling of awe and even privilege again to see, receive, and experience the extraordinary behaviour of the British people during that dangerous time.

    Kindness and caring was the order of the day and nobody cared about their diamonds when all you heard was “Do you need a place to...

    • Oct 29, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Not the level of customer care that we expect

    I want to first start by saying Bermuda has done an amazing job to clean up after two natural disasters. We have really shown how a small island can come together and overcome a monumental situation.

    But I have grave concern about the service that certain companies give. First of all Belco and the Fay 1500. For these customers to still be without power is a bit ridiculous and unacceptable. Especially when many customers have been without power...

    • Oct 29, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Why is clean-up taking so long?

    Why is clean-up taking so long?

    We have been hit by two hurricanes, Fay and Gonzalo, which has resulted in lots of damage to our tree population. Big trees have been toppled over, and our Island has been strewn with branches, leaves and foliage. The Bermuda Regiment, The Parks Dept, the Works and Engineering Dept and even sailors from the HMS Argyll, a total compliment of approx 400 persons, have come together to bring us back to normalcy.

    The clean-up crews have been inundated...

    • Oct 28, 2014 8:00 am
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