Make it easier for the tourists
Sometimes I pick up The Royal Gazette and I have great difficulty believing what I read. Several times recently the One Bermuda Alliance has gone so far off the rails that I think it must be a joke. I know the party is inexperienced and there are Ministers involved with little or no background but it is becoming difficult to continue supporting Bermuda's great hope.
The most recent case in point is the 25 percent increase in taxi fares. The Progressive Labour Party left Bermuda in financial meltdown. We have all been asked to cut back. Hard working people with little to fall back on have been asked to take pay cuts. Bermudians are being more careful as evidenced by the retail sales and overseas spending figures. Yet, taxi fares which were already high and discouraging to visitors are to be hugely increased. Remember, most taxi drivers get tips as well. We are all supposed to be encouraging tourism and helping visitors to enjoy Bermuda. Many of them are subjected to rudeness from bus drivers. They are discouraged from renting mopeds for fear of injury from bad roads, careless Bermuda drivers and speeding locals. So what happens? Taxi fares are made into another bad problem. Soon the hotels and not Bermuda will be the destination for visitors' money will be turned over to foreign hotel owners and more local businesses will close. As it is now the City and the Town are not thriving and the Corporation of Hamilton is a disgrace to Bermuda Government should be making life easier for visitors by encouraging and allowing hotel courtesy buses to and from the airport and the beaches. I could go on Mr Editor but I doubt if anyone will pay attention because they are busy making the hard road back even harder.