Letters to The Editor

KELLY BURROWS ON POCKET PIECES

Pocket Square in coat? The short answer is no. Although it might seem like an easy way to coordinate your outfit, matching your pocket square and tie or bow tie is a no – no,  its part of an usher or flight attendant attire! also the broad tie is outdated, the slim tie is the way to go!!! A nice tie will accentuate the suit and shirt!!! Reference can be found. Ramphly & Co. Pocket square rules and etiquette in 2022!!!

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GRAND BAHAMA PORT AUTHORITY BOASTING ABOOUT NOTHING

After abandoning their role as the maintainer of the city of Freeport, the Grand Bahama Port Authority now boasts about spending half a million dollars on roads.  They got a nerve. 15 July 2022  FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) has invested a further approximately $500,000 to extend its road resurfacing project in Freeport, in addition to the initial investment of $1.1 million of critical infrastructure work which commenced on May 22, 2022. The first phase of the road surfacing project saw the complete resurfacing of the Fishing Hole Road, West Atlantic and Adventures Way

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EVERY PROBLEM YOU HAVE IS THE WORLD’S PROBLEM

Voters lining up to vote for what? ( file photo The Tribune) The Members of Parliament in this country will soon have to be canonized by the Pope for their work as MPs.  The stuff that gets landed on them by constituents is astounding. Every issue whether personal or public lands at their feet. If a constituent needs a job, they call the MP.  If they need to borrow money because of issues arising, they call the MP. It almost seems that if they want to go to the toilet, they have to call the MP. It has become ridiculous.

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THE TRIBUNE ON VENEZUELA

An editorial in The Tribune mischaracterizing remarks by the Prime Minister Philip Davis on Venezuelan oil has to be answered by the OPM.  The editorial of 28 June 2022 claims that Mr. Davis was like a previous PLP administration under the Petrocaribe initiative by a previous Venezuelan government, seeing Venezuela as a saviour for oil prices in The Bahamas. The Tribune’s editorial is obviously written by a dolt.  The Americans who reviled the Maduro Government of Venezuela have had to back off because of their policy against Russian oil.  It has created such tight conditions in the market that they

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ANDREW ALLEN WRITES

GOVERNING FOR BAHAMIANS  There are encouraging signs that the present PLP government will go further than Mr. Christie’s in reversing the ingrained national inferiority complex that has done this country such harm in terms of policy since 1992. These signs are to be detected, for instance, in the announcement that “teeth” will be restored to the requirement that foreign developers fulfill their promises with approved projects. It is also to be hoped that delinquent foreign owners of taxable family island properties will find themselves the subject of powers of sale by a tax-hungry treasury, sparing Bahamian property owners in Nassau.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY FROM KELLY BURROWS

Father’s Day address at the pro cathedral of Christ the King 19 June 19: 2022. By Kelly. D Burrows.  My sisters and brothers in Christ. good morning. let us pray! May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight Oh Lord my strength and my redeemer! amen!  AQs we cling to the old rugged cross and giving thanks to the birth of the one who died on that cross for you and for me, I begin with the first verse and the chorus of a song written and made popular by Ray

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ANDREW ALLEN WRITES ON THE SENTENCES FOR GUNS

EDITOR, It is almost laughable to read the daily editorials, columnists and social commentators agonising about the need to address the root causes of crime in our country, when we are apparently incapable of treating even the surface symptoms – like the widespread availability of guns. The ultimate causes of high violent crime rates are complex. But the immediate cause is not. It relates directly to our judiciary’s inability/unwillingness to keep dangerous people behind bars once they are caught by the police. Among the agonising headlines about the need to get serious on crime are almost daily reports of judges

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MAURICE TYNES WRITES UPGRADING OUR DEMOCRACY

EDITOR, The Tribune. Most Bahamians would agree that the Bahamas has made significant progress since becoming an independent country in 1973. The past forty-nine years as a sovereign nation has tested the national unity and political leadership of the country. There have been remarkable achievements and many disappointments over this time, but the Westminster system that the Bahamas inherited from the British, together with a national will to respect the core values of the system, have brought relative stability to the Bahamian body politic. I believe that as we approach the 50th anniversary of independence it is a good time

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KELLY  BURROWS ON WEARING HATS INSIDE

Dear Editor: A gentleman should remove his hat as he enters a building, including a restaurant, home, classroom, theatre, church. This rule includes baseball caps and casual hats. Hats are to be removed when inside, except for places that are akin to public streets, e.g., lobbies, corridors, and elevators in public buildings. I am very baffled of late in seeing men not taking off their hats, I attended 2 functions over the weekend and was taken aback how either out of ignorance or not knowing any better, this seems to becoming the norm with those who show no respect in removing

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM GRAND BAHAMA ON THE PORT

A City Stuck In The Mud On Friday, the 4th of March, exasperated residents of Grand Bahama marched from a local business in Grand, Freeport to the headquarters of the Grand Bahama Port Authority. They wanted to protest and register their concerns about a city that appears to be dying slowly on the vine and its key infrastructure seems to be falling into disrepair. To be sure, no one really knows the real population of Grand Bahama since the passage of hurricane Dorian in 2019, which saw a mass exodus that hollowed out the city’s population which was already in

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AN ANONYMOUS COMMNENT ABOUT THE CENTRAL BANK

( From What’s App 25 February 2022) The Central Bank is in need of new, visionary, caring and patriotic leadership. I am all for digitization and for use of *appropriate technology*. But these efforts by the Central Bank and geared towards control. People should be able to choose among options in a democracy. Money and checks are required in The Bahamas. The electronic payment methods are not sufficiently reliable. Central Bank leadership are out of touch with the regular Bahamian economy. Money comes in many forms. Money needs to be reliable – able to be accepted for the transaction not

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES THE UGLY PORTRAIT FR0M FREEPORT

The Ugly Portrait Prime Minister Hon. Philip Davis was excoriated by his Free National Movement opposition opponents for reporting the self-evident truth about the City of Freeport,”that investment interest in the Bahamas was overall good; however, investment interest for Freeport has weaned”. Let us consider the following points: Freeport is owned and operated by the Grand Bahama Port Authority under a 99- year lease agreement called the Hawksbill Creek Agreement which expires in 2054.This agreement gives the Port Authority the right to run the Port Area (bonded area) as they see fit. This makes them a government within a government..

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KELLY BURROWS ON THE FNM LEADERSHIP

Dear Editor. I must commend our Leader. The Honourable. Michael Pintard on setting the record straight in Tuesday’s Tribune 4th of January on “Minnis doesn’t speak for Party. Minnis had his opportunity, but treated the media with utter contempt, he obviously didn’t learn anything from his predecessor. The Honourable. Hubert Ingraham who after retiring never had anything to say during the Minnis era. Minnis all of a sudden have become the competent authority in speaking out on all matters. Doesn’t he realized that he’s the cause that kept indigenous FNM’s from the poles wanting to be rid of him? Mr.

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THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG ON MINNNIS

So it was only a secret of the ruling class, the cleavage in the Free National Movement when it comes to Hubert Minnis on the one side and Hubert Ingraham on the other.  The political class knew that this was not a very good marriage and that well quite frankly it was on the rocks.  The first sign was shortly after the general election the Prime Minister incoming Philip Davis received a message directed by friends of the former Prime Minister that he the new Prime Minister should investigate the Member of Parliament for St Barnabas one Shannondon Cartwright.  This

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES ON THE CARNIVAL DECISION

(The Government of The Bahamas in the face of the declared policy that the country is open for  business, stopped the annual carnival from going ahead on the  rationale that the country would face a severe spreading of covid. Brian Seymour gives the contrary view.  The fact is poor people in this country need a break. They never get one it appears not even from the poor people’s government. It was Hubert Minnis who  started this stuff about the carnival and now he has succeeded in stopping it, and with it one thousand jobs for poor PLPs who will now

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BRIAN SEYMOUR HAS HIS SAY ABOUT PLP BOARD PICKS

A Pill Too Large To Swallow In September of this year, Dr. Hubert Minnis and the FNM was sent packing by the people of the Bahamas. To be sure the FNM four and a half (4 1/2) years government premature reign ended. When this was over, the national debt had doubled to historic levels; they brought this country on the verge of economic collapse; bad policy decisions and misbehaviour were the cause. To be fair, it was not just Dr. Hubert Minnis as PM, but his (expert) team that he assembled inclusive of ministers, parliamentary secretaries, senators and statutory board

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ANDREW BURROWS ON THE VAT CONTROVERSY

3 December 2021 (The writer is the former Director of News at the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas—Editor) So yesterday, I made a post for the first time in weeks on anything current. Here is what I wrote. “My utility bill is rarely under $300 and when I grocery shop, my cart has far more stuff than the 20 items on the breadbasket list. Thanks for the savings because I will appreciate that 2% difference on EVERYTHING ELSE I spend money on. I have no prescriptions.” Imagine the conniption this post would cause to the point where folks were calling

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KELLY BURROWS SAYS THE MINNIS ERA IS OVER

Dear Editor. Today November the 27th, is a meaningful day, we got rid of the strangle hold that suffocated our party for the last 5 years, causing the thousands of indigenous long serving members who didn’t fall in line with his dictatorial leadership who he ostracized, he became the Bahamas Donald Trump, he was uncaring, vindictive, spiteful, and selfish during his short lived term, we give thanks to God for his grace and mercy In relieving us off the burden and angst he brought, we can now look forward in working with our new Leader. The Honorable. Michael Pintard in

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KELLY BURROWS ASKS WHERE WAS MINNIS?

Dear Editor.  I find it baffling, over the last few days, the Government saw fit to bestow the Honour of a State Recognized Funeral for two of our finest sons who made herculean contributions to our nation in their own rights, both served as Senators in the upper House.At their Funeral were two Former Prime Ministers. The Honourable. Hubert Alexander Ingraham. The Honourable. Perry Gladstone Christie, and a host of other dignitaries, paying their respects, conspicuously absent were the last serving Prime Minister. The “Most” Honourable Hubert Alexander Minnis, what a coincidence? In the small world of Minnis these men

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New Day and A New Way

Prime Minister Brave Davis and the New Day PLP Government has 59 months to turn The Bahamas upside down in a positive way, and make life easier for the average Bahamian. That is the contract he was given by the people on September 16th, and this is the time line he must work with, anything else will be considered “Horse Fat and Cow Dead” by an impatient electorate. The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is a rich and blessed country. These 700 Islands and Cays have yet to be properly exploited to their full potential. What has been lacking is focused

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“OLD ” PEOPLE BROUGHT BACK BY HUBERT MINNIS HYPOCRITE

So someone reminded Hubert Minnis, the low life that is now the Leader of the Opposition, that it hardly lies in his mouth to criticize the bringing back of retired pubic servants.  He was the master at it.  This list appeared on Facebook: Dr. Minnis is the biggest hypocrite in The Bahamas.  It is public knowledge that he brought back the following retired persons: Camille Johnson (PS)-Secretary to the Cabinet  Marlon Johnson (Budget Officer)-Ag. Financial Secretary  Carl Smith (PS)-Permanent Secretary  Joshua Sears (PS)-Senior Policy Advisor, OPM Viana Gardener (Counsel)-Chief Executive Officer, PMDU, OPM Sterling Quant (Registrar General)-Ambassador to China Melonie

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Rev Keith Russell Warns the FNM

On utter nonsense The silly season is here again; and during this season we don’t only encounter the regular nonsense, we are also bombarded with a constant stream of utter nonsense. There is a narrative out there, trying to gain traction, that PM Minnis “did a yeoman’s work with the hand that he was dealt”. Moreover, the narrative continues, two back to back catastrophic hits, CAT 5 DORIAN and COVID-19, overshadowed his tenure. Utter nonsense! Mr. Minnis is who he is even if these never happened. It wasn’t any of these catastrophes that caused Mr. Minnis to stand in the

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BRIAN SEYMOUR ON THE FREEPORT AIRPORT DISGRACE

Johnny On The Spot Almost two years after hurricane Dorian damaged the Grand Bahama International Airport, and the forced purchase by a weak-kneed government, our people now own and operate a severely damaged facility. The government, as an effort to rectify the inadequate restroom facilities, has placed Johnny on the Spots around the airport to simmer, stew, and germinate in a 90-degree summer heat. This, they feel, should be considered acceptable for the people of Grand Bahama at this gateway facility. Five FNM members of parliament, and four of them are Ministers that set and make policy. The on-the-Spot-Johnny debacle

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ANDREW ALLEN WRITES: OUR 2017 VOTE CAUSED THIS MESS

This letter first appeared in The Nassau Guardian Dear Editor, Anyone who can’t see that it was the Bahamian people, rather than the PLP, who were the big losers of the 2017 election must either be a member of Minnis’ Cabinet or an enthusiast of its most ambitious project to date: legalized weed. Four years of gimmicks and distractions from the big issues facing this country (which I have long said is the primary function of the FNM from the standpoint of its vested financiers) have left the population broke and the public domain defunded at the worst possible time.

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT ON THE FNM ADS

Black Sambo Commercials This past week, a supporter of the Free National Movement described the party as having lost its anchor. Today, I wish to add another attribute, under the leadership of Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, the FNM has lost its moral compass. The ship of state now has no navigational instrument or captain to navigate the country out of our present dilemma. The FNM have run out time. They must now face the angry people, and their record of mismanagement in governance over the past four years is troubling. The FNM has been a let down, and a

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT

UBP Alive And Well In May 2017, a rebranded racist United Bahamian Party recreated itself fifty (50) years after being vanquished in 1967 by the political force what stood for equality and social justice. The PLP. The Progressive Liberal Party never fully appreciated that political power without economic empowerment was no power at all. In recent years the PLP has become embarrassed and timid about its Bahamianization policy, or economics set aside where only Bahamians could be licensed, exclusively, to operate certain businesses. This PLP policy is one of the timeless cornerstones that uplifted all our people. We as a

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BRIAN SEYMOUR TRASHES THE BUDGET

The Budget:  Part 3. The FNM in Panic Mode  God, however, has been good to us in Grand Bahama.  We were aided by the International non-government agencies assisting us in the post hurricane Dorian restoration in Grand Bahama and Abaco.   Were it not for these NGO’s, our people would have been in a bad way.  Government’s promised assistance has yet to reach many of our people in any meaningful way. This, then, will be the legacy and shame that will follow these non-performing Ministers.  Min. Kwasi Thompson, now, appears to be in panic mode.  He is not sure of his

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DANIEL FERGUSON RET RBDF RESPOND TO THE PM

24 June 2021 By DANIEL FERGUSON It was not my intention to write another article until the end of September, as I wanted to give the government the benefit of the doubt regarding its self-imposed September 1, 2021, timeline for when the Public Procurement Act will take effect. However, on Monday, the prime minister during his closing remarks in the budget debate referred to me publicly by warning that “if you push me enough” the details of my personal files when I was employed at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and the Ministry of Health will be revealed. I

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THE SAD STORY OF PHIL ENGLISH BY HIS WIDOW IN FREEPORT

Dear Editor, My husband (Philip English) was taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital because he needed blood. I was told by a doctor that if I took him home, he would die in two days. So, even though he wanted to be at home, my son and I begged him to remain in the hospital. We left him there to receive blood. Every day, I went to the hospital, but could not see him, because of the Covid-19 pandemic protocols. I was informed later that he never received blood, because his blood type was not available. When I was told he

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES ON THE FIGHT FOR BEACH ACCESS

PM, Dr. Minnis, after four years of your FNM’s government rule Bahamians have become the Tail and not the Head in their own country. How is it an easement/ pathway in 2021 that leads onto Cabage Beach, Paradise Island can be blocked off and a gate erected preventing public access? What has become of the prescriptive right of the Bahamian public? Dr. Minnis, how is it possible that Royal Caribbean Cruise Line can access prime Crown Land and supercedes the interest of a Bahamian citizen and company ?? As A Bahamian, I Must Be First In My Country, The Bahamas!!

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BRIAN SEYMOUR SENDS A MESSAGE FROM FREEPORT TO PLPS NATIONWIDE

6 June 2021 Today, I must forgo part two of the budget until next week. It has become patently clear that that Prime Minister, Dr. Minnis and the FNM government is in deep political trouble and their Puppet Masters are concerned that the Bahamian people have had enough of this FNM administration that they shamelessly pandered to. The oligarchs that finance the campaigns of this FNM coalition find themselves out of time; and, unable to complete their greedy master plan of gobbling up the patrimony of this country. They have internal posters telling them that on the present trajectory this

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ANDREW ALLEN WRITES ON FNM WEALTH TAX CLAIM

EDITOR: Don’t believe for a minute the government’s transparent gimmick about now beginning to make the wealthy pay their fair share of the country’s tax burden. Rather than introducing a broadly progressive tax regime (or even significantly addressing the presently highly regressive one) what the FNM is actually proposing is a mix of discretionary gimmicks and highly selective (even discriminatory) measures against certain businesses that do not comprise its traditional support base. Numbers houses, which are the most conspicuously successful new business sector, are singled out for a special tax, while (according to Kwasi Thompson, the very minister now touting

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WHAT’S WITH DENNIS DAMES: THE MINISTER’S BROTHER

As a Free National Movement (FNM) supporter since the 1970s, I am ready to cast my net on the other side.   The party has been transformed in to a sweetheart political organization – where the leaders appear to be following in the footsteps of their whore-mongering predecessors. FNM leaders and standard bearers of today, seem to be more obsessed with their sweeties, hoes and bastard making pursuits, rather than the good of the country – in my opinion.   I have made more political contributions and sacrifices than many of them – past and present.  I have been in the FNM

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT ON THE BUDGET

Pt.# 1 Big Dumb and Happy Budget Four years ago the people of the Bahamas elected Dr. Hubert Minnis’FNM and thirty four of his chosen best and brightest men and women to run this country. A big mistake!! Four years later, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas stands on the precipice of economic decay because of ineptitude and mismanagement of public administration by the people he hand-picked. If immediate steps are not taken to alter the present economic course and direction of this FNM government, our grandchildren will pay dearly for bad decisions made.The budget presented by the Prime Minister could

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KELLY BURROWS ON THE DEPUTY SPEAKER’S TAN SUIT

Dear Editor. Watching the House Of Assembly proceeding . I was flabbergasted with the Deputy Speaker’s oft attire sitting in the Speakers Chair in a Tan Suit. I had the good fortune in speaking to this gentleman before on his attire. Is there any regards for Standards with this crew? Let me suggest Sir, you goggle “Obama’s Tan Suit August 2014” and the flak he got in wearing a Tan Suit. Please take note of the Leader of the Opposition the Honorable. Philip Davis who is always properly attired, the Former departed Speakers must be crying out in their graves

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES ABOUT THE AIRPORT IN FREEPORT

In 2054 the Hawksbill Creek Agreement comes to an end. Like Hong Kong, the government of Bahamas will take full control of the City of Freeport. The long lens of History will not treat this FNM Administration kindly. This duly elected “it’s the people’s time” government of the Bahamas has been outwitted once again for a second time in four years while the Grand Bahama Port Authority and its Airport managing partner Hutchison laughs all the way to the bank with the insurance money paid out for the hurricane damaged Freeport International Airport; and we, the Bahamian people, have become

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PRISON OFFICER SPEAKS UP IN LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A Prison Officer Speaks Out As of Monday, 12 April 2021 EDITOR, I am a corrections officer at the Bahamas Department of Corrections (BDOCS), and feel that it is my duty as a public servant to speak out about what I am seeing take place at the institution. I must say that the statement given by Commissioner Murphy to the media regarding inmate unrest at BDOCS was in my opinion untrue. Mr Murphy said that the sale of cigarettes was stopped within the Maximum Security facility due to the smoke damaging the air conditioning units. On Tuesday, April 6th, word

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Brian Seymour Writes On the Director General of Tourism Director General

Joy Jibrilu is the Director General of Tourism, she is the highest ranking technocrat in our country’s principal business,Tourism. Her principal job is to work for and on behalf of the people of The Bahamas in all things related to Tourism. Last week, the Director was seen on public television admitting that there was not enough time to properly negotiate a deal with Crystal Cruise Line that would benefit and empower the local Bahamian economy and the people of these Islands they plan to call on. That statement alone demonstrated that she has lost her way, and is no longer

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