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Bring back locals

January 8, 2013

Dear Sir,

It’s refreshing, to say the least, to start the year with an One Bermuda Alliance government. It’s also refreshing to watch the local weather report on TV by a local who actually resides here. In my lifetime we enjoyed the flair and comforts of the local talent, whether it was simply to call for an unlisted phone number, check my balance at the local bank, or make a reservation at the hotel for a weekend outing. The restaurants were friendly, and a pleasant reminder of a close knit community. English was the preferred language, but more importantly, the slang and accents of a Bermudian added to our charm. My point is that immigration, and the worldly business practices are ruining our little Island, Bermuda.

It’s all well and good for the outsourcing of jobs, and the allowance of gas stations and grocery stores to now provide food and beverage to customers who used to frequent restaurants, but not in what was once ‘Another World’, known as our Bermuda. The conflict and struggle that has been born has stemmed from a gross lack of understanding and total disregard of the Bermudian worker by our Immigration department. We are a rare plot of land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that once had the unique and exceptional beauty inclusive of land and sea and its people. My main point is, because we are the size of a town in a large country, it is vital to have an Immigration Department do their job carefully, rather than just signing off on the dotted line. There should be policing and annual or biannual inspections to ensure Bermudians are not being misplaced, and that Bermudians are being trained. I believe one of Immigration’s stipulations when approval is granted to a company, that a Bermudian be trained to take over upon the termination of the given work permit. My wish is for the government of the day to consider what truly makes Bermuda ‘Another World’, and begin the healing at home by the reintroduction of the local.



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Published January 11, 2013 at 8:15 am (Updated January 11, 2013 at 8:14 am)

Bring back locals

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