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The decision on who pays BEC
The electricity supplied by the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) is expensive. Due to political interference, the corporation has misspent its money over the years. Its infrastructure is inadequate. In the peek demand season of the summer, BEC, ...
A chance to make the BEC reform process transparent
It seems the government may be backing away from its stated objective of privatizing some or all of the functions of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC). Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis told Guardian Business there may be a “betterâ€...
Chickens coming home to roost
It seems the accusations of abuse at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre are once again coming back to haunt us, no matter how much our political leaders would like them to go away. U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee for ambassador to The Baha...
Poverty, VAT and the PLP’s promises
Forty-three thousand people in The Bahamas were living below the poverty line around this time last year, according to data from the Department of Statistics. Nothing that has happened since suggests this number might be any lower today; in fact, it ...
Making sure police officers are equipped
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) pledged on the campaign trail in 2012 to make saturation patrols part of the crime fight if elected. The suggestion was a bit ambitious, as in recent years we have not even had consistent marked patrols in New Prov...
How we choose our governors general
It is now official. Dame Marguerite Pindling will be the next governor general of The Bahamas. The Nassau Guardian congratulates her on this profound distinction and trusts she will fulfill her duties in an exemplary and non-partisan manner. Her sup...
Remembering the dead
During the period 2007 to 2011, there were four murder records in five years in The Bahamas. The worst of these years was 2011, when 127 people were murdered. This year we are on pace for another such dubious mark, with somewhere near 60 people havi...
The meaning of transparency
The Bahamas has a difficulty with the concept of open government. We as a society subscribe to the theory that in electing members of Parliament to represent us, we are also giving them free rein to make decisions on our behalf. If we are unsatisfied...
A needed move on mandatory minimums
Almost three years after the former administration reintroduced mandatory minimum sentences in the face of a rising crime rate, the Christie government is moving to abolish these sentences. Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez tabled the ...
The government should be praised for the naming of HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna
Dear Editor, I must say I am pleased to see that former parliamentarian, deputy prime minister, governor general and freedom fighter the honorable Arthur D. Hanna has accepted the honor of having a defense force vessel named after him. Hanna has se...
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