Letters to The Editor

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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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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