Letters to The Editor

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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LETTER TO THE EDITOR ABOUT BRENT SYMONETTE— HE IS STUNNINGLY STUPID

(Editor’s note: Brent Symonette told the press last week that he would have voted for Donald Trump had he been a position to do so. This is a former foreign minister of The Bahamas getting involved in the internal politics of the United States. He just confirmed how stunningly stupid he is. He is unfit for public office, the words of a jackass of the first order. This is the same man who when he won in 2007 said that the relations between The Bahamas would improve because he and the then Charge of the U S Mission in The

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KELLY BURROWS WRITES ON FAT POLITICIANS

Dear. Editor   Watching this evening’s 7.00 pm newscast on ZNS. 07/11/2016. It mystified me to see the obesity that exist of so called leaders in our country who want to lead us. When they themselves don’t contribute to a healthy life style from their appearance, including some Government officials, who won’t be around, if they don’t take themselves in hand quickly, and do something with their present condition.  What example are you setting to attract persons to you, when you’re a candidate for all the symptoms that come with old age and yes, obesity contribute to strokes, high blood

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KELLY BURROWS SAYS ANGLICAN CHURCH IS DYING

Dear. Editor.  Today, Sunday 27/11/2016 is the first Sunday in Advent/ Commitment Sunday, that begins a new year in the Anglican Lectionary cycle, launching a new year for us Anglicans. Here in the Northern Bahamas Archdeaconry comprising all Parishes in Abaco, Bimini & Grand Bahama. An act ofRecommitment service was held this afternoon at 5.00, PM at the Pro Cathedral of Christ the King. The Reverend DeAngelo Bowe a very energetic young man – Rector Parish of St John, St Peter and St Anne, North Abaco, who brought the sermon taking his text from 1 Peter 4: 7. “The end of

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT ABOUT THE PLP

“WHAT HAS THE PLP BECOME” “Cut your coat according to your cloth” is a proverb associated with a book called A Student’s Companion which most students used in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  This expression seems very applicable to the present state the Christie administration finds itself in.  Just months prior to a general election having to be called no later than May 2017 when the present five-year mandate comes to an end.  Unfortunately for the government having to deal with the aftermath of a category 4 hurricane (Matthew) striking its two major population centers, viagra buy New Providence

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: POWER SUPPLY CONFUSION IN GRAND BAHAMA

Miguel Taylor writes, best cialis Dear editor, tadalafil last week my letter spoke to several post hurricane issues, particularly as it related to price gouging, and the exigency order that the government implemented. This week rather, if you would permit, I would to express some views on power restoration, particularly on the island of Grand Bahama. In a 2014 article by Robert Brenner, published by the website “Survival Life,” it stated in part that “there is a psychological effect on people that often occurs during extended power outages. As time passes without electricity, people who depend on their ability to

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A PLEA FROM GRAND BAHAMA ( LETTER TO THE EDITOR)

Miguel Taylor Writes Dear editor, cialis buy I would be most grateful if you would afford me some of your valuable space on your website, at the time of your next update session. If memory serves correct, a few times I would have written under the caption “I Guess We’ve always done it this way,” which for the most part, spoke to practices with particular regards to executing policies, or just going about daily activities. It still baffles me how we as a people are not that receptive to change. Archaic methods, be whatever they may be, are still the

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT

ACHAN IN THE CAMP Three weeks ago I posed a simple question, viagra sales “Are the core values of the PLP still relevant, viagra sales or have they been cast aside in favor of foreign direct investment”? This is the instrument being used to help develop and modernize our country. This week the answer came back loud and clear from the Attorney General, Allyson Maynard Gibson who before had come to prominence in the Pleasant Bridgewater saga. She used the power of her good office to signal to the business community that the policy had tilted in favor of big

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WHEN MONEY BECOMES YOUR GOD

WHEN MONEY BECOMES YOUR GOD The Bahamas is a stable country. Like clock-work, generic viagra every five years, our people wake up and go to a polling station between the hours of 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and vote in large numbers. It is estimated that about ninety percent (90%) of the people registered to vote cast their ballots on the day of general elections for the party or person of their choice. This has always been our strong tradition. At the voting station, there is order. There is never misbehaviour at these sights, just a sense of solemnity. That

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A LETTER TO THE EDITOR ON ANDROSIA

The founders of Androsia the late Dick Birch at far left and at far right Rosi Birch now Lovdal at Small Hope Bay in Central Andros. (The Founder of Androsia decries the fake Androsia in the stores in Nassau.) When I founded Androsia in 1970 there was such an optimistic sense of “we” in the air.  Lyndon Pindling had come home from his law studies in London with a mission in his mind and a fire in his heart.  He was leading us into independence. “We” were going to become an independent nation. “We” could do it! He captured the

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THE PLP AND ITS CORE VALUES / FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT

The PLP is on a collision course with itself. Are the core values of the party still relevant; or, viagra sales have they been cast aside? On the other side, foreign direct investment that all important instrument being used to help develop and modernize the country. These two competing interests stand in the balance, and if not dealt with, and managed skillfully will surely end in disaster next year at the polls for the PLP. The PLP at its core from 1956 has always been the political party that championed the cause and concerns of the ordinary man. It has

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT: THE LESSONS MY FATHER TAUGHT ME

Felix Alphonso Seymour, known to many as FA, to others as Phonse, Professor and Jack; the legacy of a life well-lived is demonstrated through the lives of his children, Kirkwood Seymour , Deborah Seymour-Addo, Ricky, Brian, Kevin, Karen Seymour, and Kayla Rousell. Knowing this man was to experience the oral tradition of his native Cat Island story telling. This made him an ideal candidate for the tourism and hospitality industry. His infectious love of people and his knowledge of history and poetry taught him that there was nothing new under the sun. He loved family and his patriotic love for

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THE FNM HAS A PROBLEM

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  Luke 6:45 The FNM coalition went on the attack this past week.  Firstly, they attacked Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister, Fred Mitchell who is quite able to defend himself from any and all comers about his actions in office as Minister.  The second assault came from Dr. Dwayne Sands who is a two-time loser as a candidate for the FNM Elizabeth’s seat.  Dr. Sands characterized National Health Insurance’s proposed scheme as an “abomination”.  The final assault came from Attorney Michael Scott who said the idea of giving the people of

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THE RAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of a moral crisis maintained their neutrality.” (Dante)  Today, the Rand Memorial Hospital is no better off than it was when I severely criticized the FNM government in February 2012, four years ago.  At the time, the criticism was directed at the lack of bed space and wasting the public’s monies for the purchasing of the old Freeport Inn Hotel for $2 million dollars.  The then government aggravated a bad situation by building a new accident and emergency section, and a new operating theatre.  They placed new

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FNM REBELLION

Brian Seymore FNM REBELLION Street justice and mob rule.  The end justifies the mean.  Moving the goal post in the middle of the game and, winning at all costs.  These expressions represent the lowest standard for civilized man and for the making of a despot.  This is not the Bahamian way.  We have party conventions, and outside of conventions, we have national general councils, or central council meetings on a monthly basis.  The party members also have a parliamentary caucas.  These are the long standing mechanisms we use in party politics in the Bahamas. Mr. Edison Key, Member of Parliament,

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KELLY BURROWS ON FNM MISSTEPS

Dear Editor  Can someone explain to me the reason for the treatment of. Monique Gomez the President of the women’s association of the FNM, who was denied the nomination for the South Beach Constituency, after working assiduously in the area non-stop from the last election to be treated with such disdain. Mr. Howard “Bambozzle” Johnson who lost in the Central Eleuthera constituency by less than 70 votes, was nominated for South Beach, my understanding, being encouraged and given the blessings off the leadership and undermining of Monique over a year ago, in working the area. Why wasn’t he re-nominated, in

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