A Time To Break Silence – “ACCORDING TO ME” TRIBUNE COLUMN

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BAHAMAS – we need a soul check. For the last several weeks, I watched my country at the hands of its government, go to and fro about an incident of gross abuse our government knew happened on Bahamian soil to human beings – not to inanimate objects, not to objects with no soul – to living, breathing human beings. Continue reading

The Cuban Fiasco’s Biggest Abuser – “ACCORDING TO ME” TRIBUNE COLUMN

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The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas spoke this week on the current Cuban detainees controversy, telling the country he leads that he is both “worried” and “concerned” about our nation’s reputation – a reputation that has once again become tarnished in large part by the actions of one of his Ministers – Ministers he ought to keep in check as head of the Cabinet. Continue reading

War Against Our Wallets – “ACCORDING TO ME” TRIBUNE COLUMN

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Several days ago, a single mother walked into a tire shop in search of a used tire. She knew what the cost of a used tire had always been so she thought she knew how much she would have to spend.

But the wind was knocked out of her when the retailer told her the cost of the tire. She hadn’t planned on coming up with that extra money but what else could she do? She needed the tire for her car. Continue reading

Rules Broken, Rights Stolen – “ACCORDING TO ME” TRIBUNE COLUMN

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Killarney MP Dr. Hubert Minnis can return to the Monday, August 12 scheduled sitting of Parliament and be within the rules of Parliament in doing so – and that is because contrary to what everyone is being told, the Speaker failed to follow House rules regarding the naming and suspension of a Member, and thus in fact failed to have the Member suspended from the Parliament. Continue reading

None Of Our Business – “ACCORDING TO ME” TRIBUNE COLUMN

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When you hear the phrase “the business of the House” as it pertains to Parliament, that business refers to our business – the people’s business. When you and I vote on Election Day, that vote sends men and women to Parliament to conduct our business through the passage of legislation. Continue reading

I Spend, You Owe – “ACCORDING TO ME” TRIBUNE COLUMN

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With all the reports swirling about payola by political supporters, government compromise and the fallout over the same, it is a good time to make this a teachable moment for the average Bahamian about why the subject of government corruption matters to you and your family. Continue reading

Misusing National Symbols – “ACCORDING TO ME” TRIBUNE COLUMN

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I’ve always believed that “national pride” without knowledge about and esteem for the codified symbols of one’s nationhood is not national pride at all, but simply an emotion of form over substance draped in national colors – colors that for us are too often the incorrect ones at that. Continue reading

“What Can We Do?” – “ACCORDING TO ME” TRIBUNE COLUMN

TRIBUNECOLUMNAccordingToMe“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty” – Thomas Jefferson. 

As Bahamians prepare to observe 40 years of nationhood, much of the focus has been on what has happened over that time period. Indeed, a recap of history has its place, and now more focus needs to be placed on what The Bahamas ought to become in what I call the post 40-year era upon us. Continue reading

Enemy of Our State – “ACCORDING TO ME” TRIBUNE COLUMN

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When governments identify a citizen who they allege has committed crimes against the nation, that person is referred to as an enemy of the state. Well for this column I invite you to broaden your scope of thought about that term of reference, because in a different sense here in The Bahamas, many of us are identifying the enemy of our state – our state of being, that is. Continue reading

Pride Interrupted – “ACCORDING TO ME” TRIBUNE COLUMN

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I am a Bahamian whose national pride has been interrupted. It’s been interrupted by a group of persons commonly referred to as the government, who in just 13 short months, has managed to set our country back many years.

I look at what is happening in our country now at the government level and as a Bahamian I am flat out disgusted. Sitting under the rule of corruption, secrecy and disarray creates a weight on the soul and psyche that can become unbearable at times for Bahamians who actually care about the state of their nation. Continue reading