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Editorial

 
Workers the country can’t afford
The Bahamas has been in a no-growth/contraction phase the past few years. In that time government debt has gone up. The government debt-to-GDP went from 48 percent in the 2011/12 fiscal year to a projected 71.5 percent this fiscal year. The new Free...
 
 
Our lawless streets
New vehicle licensing began at the end of last October. We are nearing the end of the process. There are fewer of the old aquamarine plates on the streets. The licensing process has not been easy. During the first few months the Road Traffic Departm...
 
 
The mandate for bold reform
The New Providence Landfill has been a problem across various administrations. When it ignited again in March no one could put all the blame on then Prime Minister Perry Christie. The fire was one of the worst in the site’s history. The nearby Jub...
 
 
The importance of the Paris Agreement
It is rare for there to be consensus among nearly all countries. The Paris Agreement was one of those rare moments where leaders from around the world agreed to take action to slow the warming of the planet. The representatives of 196 parties negoti...
 
 
The mess they left
When the Bahamian people voted on May 10 they attempted something extraordinary. They tried to remove the entire Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) from elected office. They nearly succeeded. The PLP won only four of 39 seats in the House of Assembly. ...
 
 
Separating elections and budgets
May 10 marked the fourth-consecutive time The Bahamas has had a general election in May. This is a bad practice we keep repeating. By law the budget statement is to be presented to Parliament by the end of May. The state’s fiscal year ends June 30...
 
 
Resolving police pay issue
Officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force yesterday began receiving payments owed to them for working extended shifts in 2013. The payments were made at the Police Training College in New Providence. In 2013 officers worked 12-hour shifts in an eff...
 
 
End of the road for the third party
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA), which was formed in 2011, has now run in two elections. In May 2012 it won 8.5 percent of the vote and no seats. The party kept together and tried again. In May 2017 it won 4.7 percent of the vote and no seats....
 
 
Ensuring public service modernization continues
Many of us have had the pleasure of registering to vote over the past few months. Getting close to the process reminds us all of some of the glaring deficiencies. One such deficiency is the handwritten voter’s card. It’s archaic, inefficient and...
 
 
Political appointees should offer resignations
When governments change in The Bahamas there is always this discourse about victimization. Operatives of the losing side who work for the government beg the new administration not to fire them. No democratic government should go on a witch-hunt in t...
 
 
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