Letters to The Editor

REV KEITH RUSSELL WRITES ON POLICE KILLINGS

On policing I don’t believe the police’s version—on hardly anything. I certainly don’t believe them on the killing of those three young men on Cowpen Road, on Saturday June 13, 2020.  Did we hear any compassion from any of the police spokespersons so far? Is there any hint of remorse or empathy in their narrative that in the course of executing their duties unfortunately three young men lost their lives? Instead, what we heard is that the police were ‘ambushed’. Three young men are sitting in a car, supposedly with a pistol. Three officers are outside with firearms approaching. Ambush

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THE FIVE BRAVE MEN ON COLUMBUS

Donneldo Harris, T’Sean Mott, Amad Burns, Duran Saunders and Jerad Darville, aka The V Brave Men all appeared before the Columbus Statue 10 June 2020 at Government House and demanded its removal. The five men were joined in their campaign by an unlikely ally, The Tribune who argued that the statue had lost its relevance. We agree that it is time  for it to go and that the statue ought to be replaced by statues of the four marines who were killed on the HMBs Flamingo. This was their letter to The Tribune: The EditorThe Tribune Dear Editor, The 5 Brave

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES WHEN LEADERS LACK VISION

When leaders lack vision, poor people suffer. Today, as the government of The Bahamas celebrate the impending 1 July reopening of the Bahamas to the world, and as the government dismantles all the mechanisms and protocols that were put in place to protect its people from covid-19; the individual citizen of this country must now take personal steps to secure themselves and their loved ones from a pandemic who’s only just beginning. Lord, have mercy on your people. 47% of the Bahamian population have underlying health conditions that make our people vulnerable in fighting off covid-19. The Bahamas has limited

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REVEREND KEITH RUSSELL SAYS HE HAS HAD ENOUGH | 22 May 2020

I am the Pastor of First Baptist Church, Freeport Bahamas. Some nine weeks ago, in compliance with the order of the competent authority, I shut down services at this local church. Now I have had enough. When I discontinued services nine weeks ago, I did so in good faith. It was to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19, to protect my congregation and by extension protect others in Grand Bahama. However, the curve in Grand Bahama has long been flattened; still, the church is on lockdown. Hardware stores, automotive stores, department stores, gas stations, selected eateries, now even liquor stores

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TRUMP UNMASKED

While his experts all have masks around him and preach that all should wear a mask in the face of the wild spread of Covid 19, killing almost 100,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands more around the world, the President of the United Sates Donald Trump stands alone unmasked at the White House on 14 May 2020. An idiot or a genius. You take your pick. According to the experts, he is endangering his own life and those around him. His co-author on the book The Art of The Deal says  that Mr. Trump is without a conscience and in

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WE NEED THE FULL STORY ON THE BAHAMASAIR TRIP

There is a swirl of rumours that surround the first flight of returnees to The Bahamas by the Bahamas Government who had been stuck overseas in the United States. The Government botched the first flight and the Prime Minister announced on Sunday 10 May 2020 that someone was let on the plane who tested positive for the virus but was allowed to get on the flight.  Curiously the Consul General Linda Mackey found herself on the flight to Nassau.  She claimed that she was trying to make sure things went well. The Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs pointed out that

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REV KEITH RUSSELL WRITES ON THE DOUBLE STANDARDS ON RACE AND CLASS IN THE BAHAMAS

About original sins It is amazing to me that many Bahamians are still reluctant to have a discussion about the place of class, race and privilege in this country. Moreover, it is astounding how many Bahamians are infected with a collective amnesia about or are historically ignorant of the fact that the FNM party has ingrained in its DNA the putrid poison of white supremacy, inherited from the UBP (United Bahamian Party) who remains an integral part of its patrimony. This is not to say that all FNMs in leadership are similarly contaminated; some have been vaccinated. Still, many of

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR BY IVOINE INGRAHAM ABOUT THE SPEAKER’S CONDUCT

EDITOR, The Tribune. The Bahamas and indeed the world watched in horror while the inept speaker of the House of Assembly of the Bahamas, Halston Moultrie scuttled what we know to be the Halls of Parliament, where laws are made in the best interest of all Bahamians. Yesterday, the awkward behaviour of Moultrie politically assassinating democracy was done, in broad daylight for all in the Bahamas to see, while the whole world watched in shock. The Speaker is supposed to be impartial, he also is expected to conduct the proceedings to make sure that no one is disadvantaged. The mental

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ALLYSON GIBSON WRITES: TOGETHER WE CAN

BE BOLD BAHAMAS Heartfelt thank you to the frontline team. “… I am not a scientist, but it is the right and duty of every citizen to look and see what the scientists have said and to analyse it for themselves and to draw common sense conclusions. We are all perfectly capable of doing that and there’s no particular reason why the scientific nature of the problem should mean we have to resign our liberty into the hands of scientists. We all have critical faculties and it’s rather important, in a moment of national panic, that we should maintain them.”

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THE YOUNG LIBERALS SPEAK UP FOR THE HOMELESS

For Immediate Release 26th March 2020 It was reported in the media recently that the persons prosecuted by the state for violating the Emergency Powers Orders (EPO) in the wake of the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 were homeless. It appears that the government has used this policy issue as an opportunity to target the poorest and most vulnerable of our society. So again, we ask, whose time is it? We have reached a new low in our judicial system under the current Minnis administration where we see homeless people arraigned before the courts for violating the curfew hours. It is heartbreaking

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IT WAS THE FNM THAT LOCKED US UP IN OUR HOUSES!

1. ATLANTIS CASINO – closed; Many jobs lost? Who knows? 2. YARDIE BAR, KFC & Wendy’s dem – closing 7:30 pm Two shifts of employees gone! 3. BARBER SHOPS – who cares. They closed too! 4. MINNIS DOCTOR FRIENDS – Open straight thru 5. JITNEY DRIVERS – no money, no honey. They make money daily. How they will buy food, sweetheart money, weed money? 6. CHURCH – closed. How will Pastor dim get paid? 7. GAS STATION – close 5 pm. Those on 4 -12 now have job 8. In the USA, the government giving away $250 billion.  NO RED

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THE PLP MUST NOT GO WEAK IN THE KNEES (The country depends on the PLP)

There is an active debate in the country on this issue of the corona virus.  One group wants the party to sing kumbaya and agree and support wholeheartedly  the government.  The other says we have seen Hubert Minnis pull a fast one on us before with his careful eye always on the next general election.  We think there is a middle course.  The PLP must provide critical support to ensure the health of the nation but the PLP must also monitor what the government is doing.  They cannot have  a blank cheque.  These FNMs and their Prime Minister Hubert Minnis

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THE NASSAU GUARDIAN FINDS RELIGION

The National Review piece last week in the Nassau Guardian tore a stripe off the FNM and Hubert Minnis for leading the Bahamian people down the garden path in the last general election. You would have sworn that Candia Dames who was single handedly responsible for more misinformation and propaganda against the PLP had found religion and was now born again, following a Damascus moment. We doubt it but there must be repentance, apology before there can be forgiveness. Candia Dames must apologise for all the untruths she told on the PLP before she can be accepted as genuine in

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PASTOR KEITH RUSSELL ON HENFIELD FOREIGN MINISTER

Darren A. Henfield, Member of Parliament for North Abaco, Minister of Foreign Affairs and part of the Prime Minister’s loyal cabal and ride or die crew, is a reprehensible fellow. I applaud his unwavering devotion to his friend, but I am surprised and disturbed by his blind commitment to vigorously uphold wrongdoing.

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ANDREW ALLEN’S LETTER ON THE JUDICIARY

The following letter first appeared in The Tribune by Attorney Andrew Allen. He called for the removal of Justices Carolita Bethel and Indra Charles from the bench both of them are accused of not stepping up to the plate in the Shane Gibson case: 1 December 2019 EDITOR, The Tribune Anyone doubting that the present government is engaged in the systematic degrading of our country’s vital institutions need only read the media reports of the Shane Gibson case. Mr Gibson’s speedy acquittal on all counts comes at the end of a shameful process that began with the FNM’s irresponsible promises

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WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN AFTER THE GIBSON CASE

Supt. Deborah Thompson botched the Shane Gibson case After the Gibson case, there ought to be a review of all cases involving Superintendent of Police Deborah Thompson. Ms. Thomposn testified in the case that she tampered with  the principle witnesses statement by altering it after the fact and by coordinating the testimony of two witnesses in the room together. She added that it happens on the time.  Cases in which she was involved have to be reviewed and if there were convictions, they must be set aside as unsafe. Then there is the Attorney General’s office and in particular the

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Letter To The Editor On Homophobia And LGBTQ Discrimination (From The Nassau Guardian)

There’s no place for gays: three perspectives Dear Editor,  Some may disagree that gay-based discrimination exists on the basis that gay people hold professional careers. However, this may mean that there ought to be a re-consideration of what discrimination means. Take for instance these anecdotal perspectives on the way gay-based discrimination is institutionalized in The Bahamas. The police The police are generally thought to be professionals employed by the taxpayer to both uphold the law and protect citizens. Indeed this they do. Notwithstanding this is the sheer threat gay men often face when being handled by the police. I, and

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THE OFFICE OF CHIEF JUSTICE

We objected to the appointment of Brian Moree to be Chief Justice. The reasons are quite simple but not to be repeated here but we ask since he has been Chief Justice what has he actually done? Is the administration of justice improving under him. The jury is still out but the evidence so far is unconvincing?

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FREEPORT RISING

On Friday 18 October 2019, the Port Lucaya Market Place opened again for business. Friday morning some businesses were still closed. Many have decided that they will take the insurance money and run. Throughout Freeport, there is this melancholy pall: are we going or are we staying. The city is replete with stories of those who are cutting and running and those who have decided to stay. One thing for sure, the land prices will plummet and so those who want a good deal and have cash would do well in Freeport. Breakfast in Zorba’s didn’t seem unusual. The waiters

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LETTER FROM KELLY BURROWS ON BENNETT MINNIS

I am perplexed that after 2 weeks the phobic remarks of Mr. Bennett Minnis, a long serving MCM of the FNM,  havn’t been condemned by the party’s leaders and the lost Chairma Mr. Carl Culmer, who has a voice in everything beyond his pay grade. He has not addressed the racist mesogenic comments of Mr. Minnis, who has been the Chairman of Mount Moriah from the inception of that constituency, and also serves as a Director of the Water and Sewerage Corporation. Why wasn’t he asked to resign or do the honourable thing in tendering his resignation as honourable men

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PIERRE DUPUCH SLAMS THE LOUSY COWARDLY LETTER WRITER THE GRADUATE

Editor’s note: We agree with former MP Pierre Dupuch that the person who writes behind the cognomen The Graduate is off base. We go further and say that person is a coward. The press is complicit in this by allowing this coward to engage in as hominem attacks on people without identifying the critic. This is another example of unethical press behavior. By Pierre V. L. Dupuch April 23, 2019 Former M.P. Pierre Dupuch comments on Junior Roberts VS the Graduate. The “Graduate” never ceases to amaze me. After saying all the good things Rupert Roberts has done in his

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES : THE FOOLS HAVE GONE TOO FAR

On Thursday evening, the Puppet Master, Brent Symonette, demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt who was indeed the leader of this country; he was aided, and abetted by the jelly back, impertinent Minister, Darren Henfield. The duo led the debate in the House of Assembly, regarding the amendment to the Immigration Act. An ill-conceived, anti- Bahamian, and unpatriotic piece of legislation. This amendment, when passed into law will set the country back 50 years. This ill-conceived, loophole riddled piece of legislation will open the floodgates. Those, who enter and work in the Bahamas at two weeks intervals will reduce

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LGBT’S ERIN GREEN IN HER OWN WORDS (AS TOLD TO TRIBUNE) 22 January 2019

LGBT Activist Erin Greene told The Tribune in her own words what she has faced since her saying that Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae artists should not be allowed to perform his violence promotion song Boom Boom Bye Bye in Nassau as told to Rashad Rolle:  “Every time there is an increase in visibility there is an increase in hostility. “People feel powerless in their ordinary lives. They feel like politicians are taking advantage of them and people in positions of authority are repressing them and so when a gay person who is supposed to be lower than them in

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JEFF LLOYD MUST EXPLAIN ON COLLECTION OF SCHOOL LOANS

The Free National Movement has brass balls.  They must. Last week, the Minister for Education Jeffery Lloyd who is now enjoying a holiday in London was in the press to say that the 100 million dollars or so that is owed by Bahamians who got loan scholarships from the Government should pay up.  He said that in pursuance of collecting the government’s money, he was going to go to a private collections firm. This is typical FNM rewriting history and seeking to change the narrative.  The facts are when the FNM came to power, they met a reconstituted Education Laon

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Kelly Burrows is pretty peeved about how MPs dress in the House of Assembly

Dear  Editor. “A letter to the speaker!!!”   Sir. I find it incumbent to appeal to you to please bring back some decorum of respect to the Honourable House Of Assembly. Observing what is happening today is unheard of in past years under former Speakers. The standards as we once knew It to be have been thrown out the door. The dress attire is number 1, that need to be addressed, you Sir, is in charge of that August body, and some propriety of appropriateness needs to be brought back. How is It that on the 18th/06/2018 the member for

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Kelly Burrows Writes From Freeport On Public Attire

Dear. Editor! Firstly, I’m not professing to be an authority on proper attire and when? but, my Hospitality training over the last 50 years still holds firm today, and having been told on many occasions with the numerous amount of seminars, courses, I have attended throughout the United States, becoming a Certified Hospitality Trainer from the American Hotel Motel Association, I believe I’m qualified to speak on proper attire. Etiquette, table manners, and proper grooming, and Standards that never changes!!! I have suppressed myself over the last several months in commenting on the way our so-called leaders deport themselves in

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The Peanut Gallery

DO WE FEEL SORRY? NO. IS IT WRONG? NO.  Omar Archer got punched in the face while being restrained by a phalanx of police officers in and out of uniform. There is a video of it that shows the self proclaimed activist being shoved into a wall then seconds later, being sucker punched in the face by a person we assume is a police officer wearing blue fatigues.  A moment after the first punch, the video shows Archer being punched again in the head. Archer has said and done a lot of things that defy any notion that he is

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The Peanut Gallery

It’s Easter Weekend so that can only mean one thing. Everything takes longer, everything get’s done slower but as sure as Night follows Day, The Peanut Gallery will produce.   CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR Social media has a way of reminding us who is supposed to be fighting what in this country, even when the fighters themselves seem unsure or unwilling. That is even more the case now that the PLP is out of power. Flash back to 12 months ago and you would remember the country was in the countdown to an elections and everywhere you looked, there was some

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SOMETHING DIFFERENT By The Peanut Gallery

Last week when this column debuted, we neglected to point out the fact that these are observations based on the chatter on social media from a younger perspective. Good. We told you. Now, for this week’s edition, we figured we’d do something different. With everything going on in the five ring circus that is the FNM Misadministration, rather than post on five points as per our format, we’ll write a letter to our PM and see if he gets the point. Since everyone else is writing him, here goes. Dear the Honorable Dr. Hubert Minnis Prime Minister of The Bahamas

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The Hero Syndrome By Delroy Meadows

The Hero Syndrome By Delroy Meadows 10th May 2017 has taught many of us that you can never truly predict the future. Dr. Hubert Minnis is now Prime Minister of The Bahamas. For a man who just six months prior to the election had been voted out as Leader of the Official Opposition in Parliament on a vote of no confidence by seven of his own party colleagues, you would have thought that was the end of his ambition. The move, however, proved fruitless and short-lived as Dr. Minnis continued on, apparently unfazed by the band of seven who all eventually were removed

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