• Pastor’s tirade unacceptable

    Pastor’s tirade unacceptable

    It is with deep disappointment that I feel compelled to write about a most unfortunate incident which I witnessed at the homegoing service of Sybil Robinson on Friday, June 26, 2015.

    After a most appropriate service, Pastor Nicholas Tweed, of St Paul AME Church, left the pulpit, approached the casket and proceeded to advise the congregation that the committal service would occur in the St Paul sanctuary rather than at...

  • Political instability a worry for business

    I am a business professional, Bermudian and with a lot of years of high-level financial experience in Bermuda. I just completed a survey and one of the questions was “What is the most important change you’d like to see in Bermuda from a business perspective”. That’s actually a paraphrase, since I can’t recall the exact wording.

    I thought about that question long and hard and, although many answers came to mind, I thought the biggest issue facing Bermuda business is...

    • Jul 6, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Candid discussion on race is needed

    I’m grateful to the relevant senators for acknowledging the need for a progressively candid national conversation on the experience of race in our country. I believe in the value of such a conversation and feel I should do my part to encourage it.

    To write my undergrad dissertation, I had to develop a useful framework with which to reflect on the black Bermudian experience, which resulted in me understanding it as a sociohistorical, economic, ideological and systemic...

    • Jul 6, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Race-baiting has become fashionable

    Race-baiting has become fashionable

    I know in the Criminal Code, it is an offence to racially harass “a person” if it’s intended to cause distress, fear or alarm. I guess “a person” must also mean many people.

    So maybe it’s right to draw the following to the attention of the Police, particularly, and the community generally.

    On Facebook a few days ago, the woman known as Aunt Peggy (Remember her? The one with the sign that said white people were all mentally ill)...

    • Jul 4, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Fahy needs to apologise to Ombudsman

    Fahy needs to apologise to Ombudsman

    July 1, 2015

    Dear Mr Editor,

    I looked up the word “farce” in the dictionary because I was shocked to read in yesterday’s edition of The Royal Gazette that Minister Fahy referred to the Ombudsman’s findings in relation to an immigration complaint as a “farce”.

    The Oxford dictionary definition of the word “farce”, in the context of Minister Fahy’s comments, means “absolutely futile proceedings, pretence, mockery”.

    Minister Fahy’s criticism of the Ombudsman’s...

    • Jul 4, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Time for something new in politics

    Time for something new in politics

    Speaking politically, are we beyond the scope of natural evolution?

    It probably feels as though we are immune to change and that progress is an elusive dream befitting the companionship of only those who forecast world peace, the end of war and a land where the tiger will lie down beside the deer.

    The cracks are in the wall and if no remediation is carried out, the walls will tumble into a state of anarchy.

    I hate to remind everyone that at one time talk...

    • Jul 1, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Blight on our landscape

    Blight on our landscape

    The article in The Royal Gazette last week regarding the state of the Botanical Gardens (Visitors complain about Botanical Gardens, June 25) perhaps also typifies the state of our weed-ridden roads, which surely must be a blight on our landscape for visitors.

    Belco recently carried out a tree removal and pruning exercise to clear the electric lines. This makes sense, however, when one looks at the areas cleaned all one sees is a layer of foliage strewn throughout the...

    • Jul 1, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Kudos to
hospital staff

    Kudos to hospital staff

    Several days ago I underwent a medical procedure in the operating room of the new hospital building. While I couldn’t help notice the building itself, it was the staff that made it memorable. From Kate the admitting nurse to Dr Tony the anaesthetist to the nurse that sent me on my way with tea and biscuits (I was too groggy to catch her name), and all the other nurses and receptionists in between, the level of professionalism, helpfulness and friendliness was uniformly...

    • Jun 30, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Equal rights: Bermuda should follow US

    Equal rights: Bermuda should follow US

    Dear Editor,

    June 26th 2015 marked a momentous occasion for advocates of progress and change, with the Supreme Court of the United States deciding once and for all that people should be allowed to marry whomever they love, regardless of their sex.

    The US has been painfully slow to make progress in this area, which now highlights the fact that Bermuda has been even slower. This change was not made through referendum. It was done by the Supreme Court on behalf of the people, the...

    • Jun 30, 2015 8:00 am
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  • What’s in the best interests of a child?

    What’s in the best interests of a child?

    “What is in the best interest of the child?” This phrase is repeated so often in family court and by lawyers.

    It is surely the guiding principle of all our dealings as parents, so what goes so terribly wrong?

    I write from the perspective of a single father. His mother and I looked after him together in a shared manner for the first five years.

    I write also from the perspective of a parent who considers it an absolute joy to be a single parent with no child...

    • Jun 27, 2015 8:00 am
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  • Why can’t Thomson Airways fly here?

    Why can’t Thomson Airways fly here?

    We see once again another Thomson Airways flight diverting to Bermuda. They fly regular flights overhead on to other Caribbean destinations.

    So, once again, I ask the Government of the day, (as I have done for countless years) why don’t we see flights stopping off here to disembark some of their passengers, them that wish to fly less expensive flights to Bermuda?

    Also, this will permit locals to travel directly to other destinations that are to our south. Why...

    • Jun 27, 2015 8:00 am
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