• A typical act of Bermuda kindness

    A typical act of Bermuda kindness

    In reference to Mr Kenneth G Stone’s letter entitled, “Time to stop the slow death of Bermuda,” I wish to make a comment. My husband and I are frequent visitors and we have always been treated with kindness by the residents. Just today, we were hiking on the Railway Trail and we stopped into the Crawl Hill Esso Tiger Market. We were met by Joseph, the owner, who chatted about a mutual love of walking.

  • Astounding hypocrisy of BIU bosses

    Astounding hypocrisy of BIU bosses

    I have no intention in engaging in a war of words with the president of the BIU and taking up space in this valuable column for what should be used for more important matters. After this letter I will speak on this issue no further, but after hearing the mumbling pathetic excuses offered by Mr Furbert flanked by his most loyal generals in a show of the most stoic solidarity I am dismayed.

    In the past Mr Furbert has demanded of the businesses where...

    • Aug 21, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Let facts speak for themselves

    Sen Marc Daniels presents a series of self-defeating and circular arguments in his attempt to make a case against the grant of Bermuda status to Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC) holders in today’s newspaper.

    First he argues that Parliament can pass laws with retroactive powers. But he goes on to say the proof of this is the law which repealed the Hamilton waterfront contract and left, in his words, Government exposed to potential damages of...

    • Aug 21, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Tweed’s nasty response light on facts and long on PLP rhetoric

    Tweed’s nasty response light on facts and long on PLP rhetoric

    Hasn’t Rev Nicholas Tweed shown himself to be a bad-tempered and intolerant person? It seems he wants to be more like Al Sharpton’s brand of confrontational political and racial activism than the gentler and more effective kind preferred by such great men as Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Martin Luther King.

    His letter in answer to that of Canon James W Francis was nasty and disparaging. The Anglican Church of which Canon Francis is a member had no...

    • Aug 20, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Time for a change

    Time for a change

    I am a hotel worker at Rosewood Tuckers Point and I along with some of the unionised members are not too happy about the [dues] increase. I went to a membership meeting and the subject came up about the increase in the union dues. The Union heads proposed to us an increase from $12.00 to $12.50. The members mumbled among themselves, but a member said that if you add it up it’s not too bad.

    We were shocked to see on the back of our payslips that a...

    • Aug 20, 2014 8:00 am
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  • One man one vote?

    One of the most pressing economic concerns for most Bermudians is the cost of maintaining an overstaffed Civil Service. Many believe that there are thousands more Government employees than are needed. Just look at the total employment numbers at the end of the UBP tenure in 1998 and at the end of the PLP’s tenure in 2012 to quantify the massive increase in bodies.

    The Royal Gazette is rightly seeking the opinion of its readers through an online...

    • Aug 20, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Economics and race impossibly entwined

    In response to “Arrogant and Condescending”.

    As a reasonable black Bermudian I think it is condescending and arrogant that anyone would try to dissuade me that at least 95 percent of PRC holders will be white, and we can safely assume that the majority will vote white establishment, not labour, and that opinion has just as much to do with economics as it does with race.

    It is unfortunate, but in Bermuda the two are still impossibly...

    • Aug 20, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Lock arms for the good of the country

    How refreshing it was to read the commentary provided by Canon James Francis on August 6, concerning the atmosphere of never ending demonstrations and the very vitriolic tone of anti government sentiment. This in no way deprives our citizens to dissent against what they feel is wrong in peaceful marches in a democratic country. It was most pleasing however that this most respected clergyman weighed in on what I believe is the right side of all the issues...

    • Aug 19, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Union bosses ought to be ashamed of themselves

    Union bosses ought to be ashamed of themselves

    I just received notice from the recently completed Special Delegate Conference of the BIU dated 7/29/14 where a decision “was taken” to increase the weekly dues from $12.00 to $14.00. The Acting Registrar General has ratified this for implementation on September’s first pay week.

    At first blush a $2.00 increase seems reasonable and hardly inflationary but drill down a little and the sludge starts to rise. The BIU are infatuated with the word...

    • Aug 18, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Tweed’s assertions patronising and grotesque

    Tweed’s assertions patronising and grotesque

    I accept Rev Tweed’s point, in his letter published August 13th, that a minority can speak for a majority, but he should realise that it is presumptuous and objectionable to assert that his own small group are so representative in this way.

    He cannot blithely assume it is a lack of “civic responsibility”, of which he patronisingly reminds us, that keeps people from his marches. Rev Tweed should consider that it may be that the people are not...

    • Aug 18, 2014 8:00 am
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  • Fear of whites not irrational

    Robert Stewart recently (RG July 10) commented that PRCs were second class citizens similar to blacks in the 1950s.

    Robert Stewart is, of course, himself a white immigrant who, probably, in his own country was a “nobody” in its social stratification but on arriving in Bermuda he found himself at the “top of the heap”, with privileges and opportunities not available to those blacks who were born here and for no other reason than his white skin. He...

    • Aug 18, 2014 8:00 am
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