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The Times that Be, According to Me. My perspective on current events in our country - Unbought, Unbossed and Unequivocally Unafraid.

You Want To Know Where We Are Headed? Look At Our Priorities

WAKEUPStart a topic about our favorite politician, the latest gossip or material things, and we can go on and on and never get tired. Start a topic about education and personal responsibility, and we consider such topics to be boring.

Call a political rally, and Bahamians by the thousands grab the color of their choice and head out to party with their Party. Call a community awareness event – who shows up? Call a parent-teacher conference at schools – how many parents attend? Continue reading

What Is The Status Of Determining The Identity Of The Man Who Died In Police Custody Over Two Weeks Ago?

WhatsGoingOnOn Saturday, September 27, a man reportedly died while in police custody at the Wulff Road Police Station. After initially refusing to do so, the Commissioner of Police spoke for the first time on the matter five days later (October 2), saying the Force did not yet have or know the man’s identity, and that the Force would need to get permission to “clean up his face” so that a picture of him could be taken and issued in the hopes that someone who knows him may come forward and identify him. It is now October 13 – eleven days since the Commissioner said that photo would be issued, and over two weeks since the man died in police custody. Since the Commissioner says the Force has no idea who the man is, we can assume the man had no criminal record or was not known to Police. Why has the man’s photo not yet been released to the public in furtherance of determining his identity? Continue reading

MONEY ALERT: Did You Catch This With The $16 Million The Gov’t Claims It Needs To Borrow For The College Of The Bahamas?

OURMONEYToday (Monday), the government announced that it needs to borrow $16 million above the expenditure just approved in June for the 2014/2015 Budget, to upgrade COB. Two issues. Issue #1- if the government was interested in upgrading COB by millions, why did it cut $6.7 million in Recurrent Expenditure from COB’s annual Budget over the last two budget years? When did the government suddenly remember that COB was on a path to becoming a University, having taken close to $7 million in two years away from COB, causing student tuition and fees to increase, among other challenges? Issue #2 – In this year’s Budget under Capital Expenditure (expenses for buildings, projects, etc), $4 million in a brand new allocation is earmarked for COB reform (Head 38). Now. If $4 million in new funds is already allocated for COB reform under Capital Expenditure – why is another $16 million being borrowed for COB reform? The government is already borrowing $343 million this budget year. Why can’t the $16 million the government suddenly remembers it needs for COB be taken from that huge sum of borrowing already approved by Parliament in June? Continue reading

You Want Things To Change And Get Better? Unlearn Wrongdoing

WAKEUPWhether Bahamians will ever come together and make a bold statement about their country outside of a General Election remains to be seen. Until such time though, I see a lot of Bahamians saying we need a change, as if we do not understand that we are the reason that we are in the state we are in, in many instances. We are calling on “leaders” to “stand up” as though we do not see that one person alone did not bring us to this point, and one person alone will not save us either. You want things to change and get better? Unlearn wrongdoing. Continue reading

My Email To Senior Police Force Official On Recent Police Custody Death

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The Withholding of Information on Recent Police Custody Death
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Good afternoon,

I write regarding the Police Force’s decision to withhold basic information from the public on the circumstances surrounding the recent death of a person in police custody. The law does not prohibit the Police Force from giving this information to the public due to a pending Coroner’s Inquest. All deaths in the custody of the State or at the hands of an Officer of the State must go before the Coroner. Notwithstanding this legal requirement, the Police Force has provided basic information on previous in-custody deaths, and has also provided information on recent and past police-involved killings in the field, including information on what the Force claimed were the circumstances that allegedly led to an officer killing someone in the line of duty. Why is this matter being treated differently? Continue reading

You Don’t Have To Be A Politician Or Have A Big Name To Make A Big Difference – Two Year Anniversary Of “According To Me Sharon T”

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“According to Me Sharon T” turns two years old today. Can’t believe two years have flown by already from the wee hours of a morning in September when I decided to start this journey with you and be part of the difference I wanted to see. Continue reading

Prime Minister Makes Stunning Indictment Of Police In What He Says Was A Police-Involved Killing In His Constituency

INVESTIGATEAt a funeral service this past weekend, the Prime Minister reportedly said the following, as printed by the Tribune today:

“The last time I was in this church, it was for an equally tragic occasion,” Mr Christie told the congregation at the Voice of Deliverance Ministries. “I was here with a constituent’s mother who was burying her son and whose son had written her a letter indicating his concern that because the life he led exposed him to so many different challenges that he was not sure how long he would live. “The letter was printed in the funeral programme. Police were investigating a robbery. They found him in my constituency, mistakenly thought what he had in his hand was a gun and shot him and killed him…” Continue reading

What’s Going On With These Matters? A Matter No Longer Making Headlines Doesn’t Mean The Matter Is No Longer Important

WhatsGoingOn#1 – Fuel surcharge on oil makes up the majority of our electricity bills each month. If oil is still going to be used by BEC for power after privatization, and there will be no company competition or alternative energy sources, a foreigner coming in to own, manage or operate BEC does not automatically mean our power bills will magically become cheaper. The government repeatedly refuses to reveal any details about its plans for BEC, including details on this critical issue of how foreign involvement will benefit Bahamians, the economy & the environment. Continue reading

Prime Minister Confirms & Exposes His Government’s Lies About Potential Revenue From Numbers Houses

DECEPTIONRemember those multimillion-dollar figures (which kept increasing by tens of millions every so often) that the government told the country it would collect in taxes from numbers houses if those numbers houses were legalized? Remember how the government went so far as to sing the country a lying lullaby about how tax revenue from numbers houses may make VAT unnecessary? Well today, the Prime Minister told the media what it should have always known, and what many of us in the country always knew and have publicly said. He said the current government DOES NOT KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY NUMBERS HOUSES TAKE IN, AND HAS NOT EVEN SET A TAX RATE YET FOR NUMBERS HOUSES THOUGH IT PLANS TO TABLE ITS GAMING BILL NEXT WEEK. So since the government does not know what the intake is for numbers houses and has not set a tax rate, it never knew how much it could possibly collect from them in taxes – though it kept spouting multimillion-dollar figures to you to make the legalization of numbers houses more attractive to you. Continue reading

VAT Now Passed – Without Notice Or Forewarning To The Bahamian People

WAKEUPBlindsiding the Bahamian people, robbing ordinary citizens of the opportunity to make their dissenting voices heard during what should have been a FULL Parliamentary debate, and robbing the nation of the ability to be fully educated on VAT BEFORE the nation’s MPs took a vote – the government quickly passed VAT in Parliament late last night (Wednesday). Not a single Member of Parliament on either side forewarned the Bahamian people that the government was going to rush VAT to passage in the House Wednesday night. The country, fully distracted by a myriad of government-initiated actions, had no idea debate on VAT would start Tuesday and that VAT would be rushed to passage the following day. ONE DAY OF DEBATE, THEN THE GOVERNMENT QUICKLY PASSED VAT. Continue reading