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Maturity in recalling our history
Dear Editor, When Nelson Mandela became president, many of the oppressed of South Africa naturally wanted revenge for the years of apartheid. But instead Mandela said, no, we shall not do to our oppressors what they have done to us; we are ...
New Zealand VAT realities and The Bahamas
Dear Editor, The goods and services tax (GST) is a value-added tax that was introduced in New Zealand in 1986, currently levied at 15 percent. It is notable for exempting few items from the tax. From July 1989 to September 2010, GST was le...
VAT: A hangman’s noose
Dear Editor, The gold rush administration is between a rock and a hard place. During the electoral campaign back in 2012 its leadership cadre, sycophants and political allies said that they had the solutions to all national problems, inclus...
Drinking in the churchyard
Dear Editor, I am alarmed by the number of bars being set up on church premises while young people are attending funerals. In the past you would see people consuming alcoholic beverages in the cemetery after the funeral. But on Saturday, No...
Bahamians and the casino business
Dear Editor, In your edition of December 3, 2013, James Smith correctly points out the risk to the foreign reserves of The Bahamas should Bahamians be permitted to gamble in local casinos. However, he should not have stopped there. He shou...
A new era in the Bahamian political system
Dear Editor, The majority of the Bahamian people have very little reason to be thankful for, and brag about, 40 years of majority rule in The Bahamas. Only a handful of Bahamians and foreign investors have a good reason to be joyful and h...
St. Kitts and Nevis govt discounts VAT for two days for Christmas
Dear Editor, According to Caribbean360.com, St. Kitts and Nevis is reducing its VAT from 17 percent to five percent on December 5 and 19 to stimulate consumer activity. On Friday, November 29, 2013, Nigel Carty, minister of information for ...
The world should speak English
Dear Editor, I am sure that you would agree with me that in the world today, and has been for an extended period of time, the English language seems to be the premier international language of choice spoken, read and written by a variety of ...
An Abaco treasure under threat
Dear Editor, When I passed the age of 75 I promised not to write to the press on controversial issues; however, country is more important than pride so here goes. Let me say at the outset that the issue under consideration is non-political. R...
Children, education and moving forward
Dear Editor, Greetings future leaders of our Bahamaland. Please allow me these brief words to say how proud we are of you as a student body and for the excellent work many of you are putting out. We say thank you. This article seeks to addre...
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