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Letters to The Editor

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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ALLYSON GIBSON PAYS TRIBUTE TO BASIL ALBURY

Dear Editor, I was very sad to hear the news of Basil Albury’s transition. I first met him during my late father, Sir Clement Maynard’s, tenure as minister of tourism. It was a golden era for tourism in The Bahamas. Smart and enthusiastic young Bahamians held the key positions in tourism, the main engine of our economy. The leadership team comprised Permanent Secretary Ellison Thompson and Director General Baltron Bethel (now Sir Baltron). Basil Albury was a senior member of the team. They were supported by scores of brilliant and enthusiastic young Bahamians, two of whom became director general of

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BRIAN SEYMOUR ON THE RAND SO CALLED HOSPITAL FREEPORT

Grand Bahama has five FNM members of Parliament . It has a Minister specifically for the Island, Sen. Kwasi Thompson, and three other Ministers that sit around the cabinet table weekly. So, this Island should lack nothing. It is the nation’s second (2nd) City; and the industrial capital of the Bahamas. Grand Bahama also has a tourism based economy. If only for this reason, a fully functional Rand Memorial Hospital should be priority number one. Since the passage of hurricane Dorian in September 2019, the Island does not have a fully functional hospital. Today, various aspects of health care services

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LOFTUS ROKERS FULL LETTER ABOUT KEN DORSETT

( The letter first appeared in The Nassau Guardian on 26 March 2021) Dear Editor, The leaders of this country are heading in a very dangerous direction. Before World War II, Germany had a weak leadership and Hitler was able to take control. What followed ended with worldwide destruction.  In The Bahamas, our democratic system is coming under great pressure and unless we are careful, it would be replaced by a dictatorship. Our laws are obeyed only when it is in our interest to do so. I will give you a couple of examples: 1) The Public Disclosure Act was

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MAURICE TYNES DEFENDS THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE

( Originally published in The Nassau Guardian) 16 March 2021 Dear Editor, One of the principles of the Westminster system is that civil servants should remain anonymous. This anonymity is necessary to protect public officers from public ridicule and abuse when acting on behalf of the government. Cabinet ministers are supposed to defend and shield public officers by accepting responsibility for their action or inaction. That is why I was shocked when I read the press statement issued on Friday by the attorney general, and government leader in the Senate, the Hon. Carl Bethel. In the press statement Senator Bethel,

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NAUGHTY IS NOT FUNNY AT ALL… HE IS A DAMN FOOL

Inigio Zenicazelaya is a comic, he claims, although he has never said anything funny in this life, except his last name, and he works for The Tribune. He hates Fred Mitchell or seems to have an obsession with him, to the point where he tells lies and makes up stories. This is all perhaps motivated by the fact that he came to the PLP and wanted an extortionate amount of money to perform his comedy work and he was turned down, so like all political prostitutes, they turn to the FNM. So the latest in is anti-Fred Mitchell crusade was

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LETTER FROM MAURICE TYNES ON THE SPEAKER RESIGNING

This letter first appeared in The Nassau Guardian on 10 February 2021 Dear Editor, Since the resignation of Speaker Halson Moultrie on February 4, I have received numerous calls and messages from members of the press, friends and other persons asking for my views on the resignation. So here goes. Firstly, the constitution is silent on the question of the removal of the speaker of the House. The constitution intended that once a speaker was elected, that person would serve in office for the entirety of the parliamentary term. I doubt that the framers of the constitution could have ever

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KELLY BURROWS WRITES ON MICHAEL SCOTT Q C

Below is part of a statement from a letter to the Editor of the Tribune on February 24, 2016 regarding Mr. Michael Scott, the learned QC, who negotiated the Lucayan sale with Royal Caribbean, who now says it’s a bad deal, in contradiction to the Minister. The Honourable. Dionisio D’Aguilar who stated that it’s a good deal, who are we to believe? Mr. Scott’s scurrilous attack on The Honourable. Prime Minister as noted below, causes you to wonder what is his agenda? He’s a loose cannon! In the meantime, he was rewarded by being appointed Chairman of The Hotel Corporation.

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FORMER MP PIERRE DUPUCH DEFENDS MICHELLE MALCOLM

By Pierre V. L. Dupuch 31 October 2020 I have watched the Free Press die. Michelle Malcolm, a dedicated, honest, and conscientious journalist, was fired and her very popular show cancelled, and not a word of support from her fellow journalists!!! What a shame. A citizen of The Bahamas asked to be on her show to discuss the rather questionable goings-on in Andros. She consented. The guest was Mr. Lincoln Bain. He spoke of the Symonettes and the aragonite being mined in Andros. Apparently, he made some serious claims. He said he had documents to prove his allegations. As a

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DR. JEAN TURNQUEST WRITES ON COVID EXPERIENCE

( Dr. Jean Turnquest is the youngest sister of the former Governor General Sir Orville Turnquest. She is a psychologist by profession. She is a resident of Grand Bahama. She wrote this open letter to the press telling of her experience of contracting Covid 19 and the treatment she received.) My name is Dr. Jean Turnquest. I am 75 years old and a retired Psychiatrist who has lived and worked in Freeport since 1982. I live alone and I am very involved in my Grand Bahama community.  I have two daughters Kimberley and Vanessa who live in Nassau. In 2011, 

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JEANNE THOMPSON THE CONTRARIAN AT IT AGAIN

EDITOR, Ordinarily the movement by a politician like Vaughn Miller from the FNM to the PLP would not warrant my attention, but I was forced to note his words ‘‘it is time for me to do what is best for me’’. This made me think of the lack of altruism in politics. In the sixties we were moved by the words of the late US President John F Kennedy when he said at his inauguration ‘‘ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’’ Mr Miller has turned it upside down by

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ANDREW ALLEN ON THE PROPOSED BAHAMAS VISA

EDITOR, Any doubt that the present crew governing this country have lost all contact with sense and sanity should have been dispelled for anyone listening to Financial Services Minister Ellsworth Johnson expounding the benefits of opening wide our country for anyone wishing to come here and work, study or just hang out like they’re back home. That most of the entrants attracted by this “extended stay visa” will simply busy themselves doing what too many have been doing for years (that is, competing with Bahamians for a piece of our own economic pie) seems to elude the minister. It also

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PIERRE DUPUCH SAYS THE COUNTRY IS BROKE

EDITOR THE country’s broke. The Bahamas Minister of Finance says there’s lots of money. Some say that there will be a devaluation. Others say they’ll guarantee there will be no devaluation. Many say they’re taking a page about lying out of Trump’s playbook. You be the judge. For those who are encouraging devaluation I hope they know what they are talking about. Talk is cheap. It looks as though facts these days are taking a back seat. There are two types of economies, one made up of tangible assets and the other of intangible assets. Tangible assets, like bauxite, are

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RICARDO SMITH MAKES AN ASS OF HIMSELF

By Mark KevinsonDundas TownAbaco In his political life, he has developed a bit of a reputation as a troublesome fellow, who is always on the wrong side of a cause or right, nipping at the heels of a lost cause, charging at windmills and raging against the wind. By simply behaving and being quiet he might well have been a parliamentarian next time. Alas by his own hand, he has slayed himself. His timing is so impeccably bad that he always ends up losing but thinks he is winning.  He has been PLP at least through the Christie era.  Last

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A blatant disregard for standards and traditions – Brian Seymore

Attorney General Carl Bethel A blatant disregard for standards and traditions that have served us well have been cast aside by Cabinet Ministers. The Honorable Carl Bethel is our Attorney General, and is, also, a Queen’s Counsel, QC. He has been active in front line politics for the past twenty-five years. He is the most senior member of the Minnis administration cabinet. As the sun now begins to set on Mr. Bethel’s career, I wonder if this is how he would wants to be remembered. This perverse and vulgar poster is wrong on, at least, three counts, party symbol included.

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THE ORTLAND BODIE LETTER ON THE CABINET

Editor,             I have long suspected that there is disarray and contention within the Minnis led cabinet. The demonstration/protest led by my colleague and brother, Adrian Francis of Sovereign Bahamas, a few days ago, when female Bahamians were rudely (in my opinion) manhandled by male police officers and piled into a small bus, has now exposed the chinks.             Since March of this year, the Competent Authority has acted and behaved like a one man band who has all of the answers and solutions to the ongoing pandemic. We have been subjected to incoherent and instant curfews and

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T’SEAN MOTT ONE OF THE V BRAVE MEN WRITES ON CANNIBIS

Letter to the Editor by T’Sean Mott 2nd Vice Chairman Progressive Young Liberals. One of the Five Brave Men Dear Editor I thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing national dialogue on the legalization and economic impact of marijuana and its by-products. The 12 August 2020 edition of the Nassau Guardian featured an article written by the president of the Torchbearers Youth Association (TYA) which outlines a plan to resuscitate our dying economy through the establishment of the cannabis industry. Firstly, the Progressive Liberal Party and the Progressive Young Liberals support in principle the legalization of marijuana

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THE MERVYN SWEETING JR LETTER

( The letter writer is the owner of Switcha, the Bahamian drink and is the son of Mervin Sweeting of Bertha’s Go Go Ribs—Editor) PM – Wake up, Please Wake up Dear PM Minnis,  Its is hoped you can comprehend this message. Your burden is heavy, we acknowledge that, most even pray for you. The virus is real, we acknowledge that, and most adhere to the rules to prevent its spread. We are in unchartered waters, we accept that. However, what we cannot accept is the way you to talk to The Bahamian people. The tone is very condescending and

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BRIAN SEYMOUR FROM FREEPORT SAYS: PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY

Minister Quasi Thompson gave new meaning to the children’s game of Pin the tail on the donkey. The Bahamian people play acting as the Donkey. Minister Thompson disclosed that the Government was about to purchase the Hurricane damaged Grand Bahama International Airport which was severely damaged by hurricane Dorian in September 2019. Under the terms of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, the airport remains the responsibility of The Grand Bahama Port Authority until 2054 when the 99-year Lease agreement comes to an end. It is believed that the airport was insured, but the Port Authority’s managing partners, Hutchison Port Holdings refuse

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ANDREW ALLEN WRITES MOCKINGLY OF THE FNM – 27 July 2020

It’s da people’s fault! Dear Editor, From the start of their present term, there has been a pattern of the Free National Movement (FNM) blaming both their critics and even the public itself for the consequences of their own incompetence and downright stupidity. This has often been tinged with a cavalier and condescending attitude toward Bahamians in general. Two years ago, in the midst of a meltdown at Bahamas Power and Light, Minister of Works Desmond Bannister got on television to excoriate the chairwoman with a nasty personalized attack, suggesting she used corporation funds on makeup. Since then, he has

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ATTORNEY DECRIES THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL COMMENT OF PM

Ryan Brown Dear Editor, Yes, the prime minister may make “discriminatory or unconstitutional decisions” to fight COVID-19. But no, he is not authorized by law if he does so and should avoid them at all cost. There is a distinction between whether he may make such decisions and whether they will be enforced in the courts. We have courts, in part because people conferred with authority have made and will make unlawful decisions. The PM made the following statement during his address in Parliament on July 23, 2020 that should frighten every Bahamian: “What that demonstrates, Mr. Speaker, is that

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES PLAYING WITH FIRE

Playing With Fire Below is the last paragraph of a statement posted by myself on my Facebook page, June 8th, under the heading, Vision. If after 1st July 2020 opening of the economy without rigorous protocols in place that will keep the population safe from Covid-19, we will see, by August, a surge in numbers because we threw caution to the wind. The Minnis administration is playing with fire and, I fear, will become the authors of their own destruction. Today, the country from Inagua in the south, to Walker’s Key, Abaco in the North is on lockdown as covid-19

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REV KEITH RUSSELL ON FREEPORT CAMPUS OF U B

Dear Editor,  The University of Bahamas (UB) is prominently in the news again; and this time the news is troubling. There is talk being bantered about in the undercurrents of society that the university’s board is considering discontinuing the northern campus. If this is the case, it would be a colossal mistake. It would be inconceivable that the board would consider such a thing. The idea is foolish and myopic. The northern campus has such great potential. Of course, for UB North to come even in the vicinity of achieving any of its potential, the stranglehold of the Nassau-centric vision of the

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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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