Letters to The Editor

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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ABIGAIL CARTWRIGHT TELLS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOW THE FNM TREATS FORMER MINISTERS AND HOW THE U S TREATED GENERAL FLYNN

She writes from Freeport: I watched with interest the morning’s headlines on Friday, December 1st. from the United States , as General Michael Flynn made his court appearance to face charges of giving false evidence to the FBI, earlier this year. General Flynn walked into the courthouse with his hands swinging (as we would say in the Bahamas); no handcuffs and no shackles on his feet. In other words, there was no public slave shaming. Why? General Flynn was a not security risk. He was not accused of a violent crime, and he was not a flight risk. Further, the

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A Comment On The Electricity Bills And The Special List

Last week when we wrote about the FNM and its Minister of Works, we spoke about how you simply could not trust the word of the Minister of Works or the FNM when they said that they did not know who was on this list of people that BEC/BPL had that put them in a special position where their electricity could not be cut off no matter the size of the bills. At the same time that the Minister of Works was denying that he knew who was on the list, the names on the list ended up in The

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COMRADE CHAIRMAN OBIE WILCHCOMBE – Brian Seymour Writes From Freeport

In October, 1998, the PLP held its national convention at the Cable Beach convention center. The highlight of this convention was the second leadership race between former Prime Minister, Perry Christie, and the late, Dr. Bernard Nottage. When the ballots were counted that fateful Thursday, Christie had, once again, won the leadership of the PLP. Dr. Nottage took the hand of the leader and hoisted it in the air and pledged his full support to the leader and party. All was thought to be well that fateful night. We, in the Nottage wing, foolishly and honestly believed, and accepted the

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THE PLP VIS-A-VIS THE FNM ADMINISTRATIONS AT 100 DAYS IN OFFICE

COMMENTARY BY BAHAMAS SCOOP THE PLP VIS-A-VIS THE FNM ADMINISTRATIONS AT 100 DAYS IN OFFICE At their 100-day mark in office after much electoral pomp, pageantry and fanfare, many Bahamians are finding it near impossible to identify one substantive policy or legislative success story by the Minnis administration that can be used to shape the vision and policy direction of The Bahamas; this is disgraceful after promising change, prosperity, good governance and repeatedly pronouncing the PLP government an abject failure. The FNM did succeed in bringing four former PLP Parliamentarians before the courts on charges of bribery and extortion. The

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RATING THE FNM’s FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE

COMMENTARY BY BAHAMAS SCOOP RATING THE FNM’s FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE According to Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis from his campaign rhetoric and the speech from the throne, the signature promise made by the FNM was not to grow the economy, create jobs, protect the environment against the threat of global warming, energy sector reform, protect our borders or make The Bahamas safer with an aggressive anti-crime strategy – the FNM promised to fight and eliminate corruption. With Thursday marking the government’s first 100 days in office, Bahamas Scoop wishes to assess the government’s performance to date on this

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Lester Mortimer Questions The Legality Of FNM Government’s Actions

Are we no longer governed by the rule of law? Dear Editor, 1. How is it that we permit the police to invite suspected persons to their office on the pretext of questioning them about a matter, only to detain the person all day and then make them languish one night in a police cell? In the morning they then transport the accused to court in a humiliating fashion, notwithstanding the fact that the person is not charged with a violent crime nor is he a flight risk? Maybe the law has changed, but I do not recall when it

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Sir Burton Is Horrified By ZNS Reporting

  As I am not part of any form of “social media”, which I am given to understand is the means of communication engaged in by a substantial proportion of the population, I would be grateful if you could circulate the following comment  as I have been unable to contact any responsible person at ZNS between last evening and this morning to voice my complaint.   Yesterday, Friday 28 July, having been invited to do so, I addressed a group of public officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the Attorney General  and other invited persons on

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THE FNM FIDDLES WHILE THE BAHAMAS BURNS

COMMENTARY BY BAHAMAS SCOOP I note that six people have been murdered in the past seven days with the victim of a seventh shooting clinging to life in hospital; he was shot multiple time with a high-powered rifle. As The Bahamas burns, the FNM government is totally consumed with political retribution. I also note that hundreds of workers in the public service have been summarily dismissed; contract workers in the foreign service have been recalled with no money to bring them home and over five thousand students who graduated last month are in the labour market in search of jobs.

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FNM POLITICAL PERSECUTION CONTINUES

COMMENTARY BY BAHAMAS SCOOP With the tepid announcement last week that the police found no evidence of wrongdoing in what was widely described as a corrupt and an abuse of state power by the newly elected FNM government in the arrest and detention of over eight BAIC employees including its chairman, there are talks that the commissioner did not authorize the arrests – that the order of intimidation came from the political directorate. This is odd because there was no Minister of National Security on the 11th May 2017 so who in the FNM was giving orders and who on

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MOODY’S NOTIFICATION OF DOWNGRADE

COMMENTARY BY BAHAMAS SCOOP On the 6th July 2017, Moody’s Investment Services placed the Bahamas’ Baa3 ratings on review for downgrade. They claimed that their decision was “prompted by official statements that the Bahamas’ fiscal position was weaker than previously estimated and that the government’s debt ratios will continue to worsen over the coming years.” Translation? Well, all of that drunken firewater infused talk about the need to borrow almost $1 billion ($722 million actually) as a matter of emergency; talk of “the cupboard is bare” and talk of the country being “insolvent” – all lies by the way –

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COMMENTARY BY BAHAMAS SCOOP

COMMENTARY BY BAHAMAS SCOOP SOME UNSOLITICTED ADVICE FOR PM MINNIS: THE NEW POLICE ANTI-CORRUPTION UNIT I thought the Royal Bahamas Police Force already had an anti-corruption squad that investigated what is commonly referred to as ‘white collar crime’ but Prime Minister Minnis ordered the establishment of another unit to investigate fraud and corruption. Let us see how their mandate and investigative work manifest itself in the months and years to come. There is an inside joke among certain PLP’s that this is new unit is nothing more than the PLP PERSECUTION UNIT (PLPPU) – an act by the political directorate

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A TRIBUTE TO HIS FRIEND BERNARD NOTTAGE BY BRIAN SEYMOUR

Bernard Jonathan Nottage, affectionately known as Doc, on Tuesday past quietly slipped from time to eternity.  Doc can best be described as a realistic and a pragmatic policy maker of his generation.  His driving instinct was to move and develop the Commonwealth of the Bahamas forward.  He understood that the Bahamas was more than just New Providence and Grand Bahama.  Doc knew in order to grow and develop this country, it would take government intervention through public investment to lead and develop the family islands coupled with foreign direct investment.  If we are to maintain our independence then Bahamians would

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COMMENTARY BY EDITOR, THE BAHAMAS SCOOP

I watched with keen interest the debate of the Attorney General the Hon. Carl Bethel and several assertions he made were both questionable and materially inaccurate. The AG said that the PLP government went on a spending spree and spent $722 million in excess of the budget during the 2016/2017 fiscal year. This is materially inaccurate and patently false as the FNM’s own House resolution disagrees with Mr. Bethel. The resolution calls for $400 million in loan to defray government expenses for the 2016/2017. Whatever expenditure the FNM government approves to finance its operations in the 2017/2018 fiscal year is

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Marvin Wright writes defending Michelle Reckly

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Marvin Wright writes defending Michelle Reckly from an attack in the press by the Whistle Blower: Dear Editor, Please allow me space in your daily to respond to a letter that was published in the Tribune newspaper on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, titled “Grand Bahamians are fed up with Michelle Reckley & her PLP antics” written by “The Whistle Blower”. This letter, in an attempt to defame the Progressive Liberal Party by aligning this progressive organization with the perceived antics of one person, stated some grave untruths, which my letter seeks to address. First and foremost

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM KELLY BURROWS

Kelly Burrows writes about the fight of his life having been diagnosed with multiple myeloma “My Battle To Stay Alive” Address to the BMT Tenth Annual Reunion FEBRUARY 4 2017 “I’ll begin today and throw away the past. And the future I build will be something that will last. I will take the time I have left to live, and I will give it all I have left to give……… And I will thank the lord and remember when, I was able to begin again!!!” In the seasons of life I have had more than my share of summers. A

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