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The MP’s misguided words in Parliament
When we listened to the words of Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller on February 20 during the mid-year budget debate in the House of Assembly, we were appalled. The veteran MP made remarks about physical abuse and one of his ex-girlfriends. At the time, M...
Changing the mandatory minimum laws
Court of Appeal President Anita Allen, at a special sitting of the Court of Appeal to mark the new legal year, recently called for amendments to laws forcing magistrates to hand down mandatory minimum sentences in certain drug, firearm and ammunition...
Forgiveness, justice and dysfunctional culture
Rage is a simple emotion. We are wronged. We get angry. We seek retribution. From time to time, though, some rise beyond our base instincts to articulate justness with compassion. The words of Judith Blair, 67, in today’s paper should make all...
Tolerance and gay rights
Fred Mitchell, our minister of foreign affairs, last month said at a lecture in Trinidad that his career has been harmed by his advocacy for gay rights. Mitchell engaged in hyperbole with that remark, as he is one of the most successful politicians ...
Political retirement with dignity
The Bahamas is a new independent democracy. Having already celebrated 40 years going it alone, our traditions, though rooted in the British system, are still evolving. One tradition that has not really developed yet is what to do with our leaders w...
The dangers of the web shop status quo
A year has passed since the web shop referendum. The people voted against legalizing web shops and a national lottery. Since the vote there was much talk by police and the government about shutting down the illegal gaming sector. However, nothing ...
Legislators and the payment of taxes
The government is holding to its July 1 deadline to implement a value-added tax (VAT). The business community is against it. Bahamians via talk radio and social media seem largely against it. Nonetheless, the government marches forward preparing f...
Publicizing the disbarment of lawyers
Lawyers occupy positions of trust. They are supposed to be our representatives and advocates. They at times handle our money. They at times know our deepest secrets. They at times have the authorization to act on our behalf in the most serious of...
The opposition should embrace a leadership fight
When political parties lose elections the spotlight is always on the leader. In the case of the Free National Movement (FNM) after the 2012 general election Hubert Ingraham, the leader at the time, resigned. He had been in frontline politics from t...
Barbados Chamber: VAT good for business
BARBADOS - Admitting that prior to its implementation value-added tax (VAT) was the “800-pound gorilla in the room”, the head of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) said he believes VAT has in the 17 years since its implementatio...
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