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Editorial

 
Reform at Road Traffic
Bahamians were deeply concerned when the auditor general’s report tabled in Parliament in May revealed that motor vehicle license revenue was under-recorded by a minimum of $10 million, and license plate revenue was under-recorded by nearly $250,00...
 
 
Unions taking the wrong position
It was unfortunate that 600 workers at Sandals lost their jobs in August. A catastrophic breakdown occurred between the resort and the union representing those workers, the Bahamas Hotel Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (BHMAWU). Sandals was so f...
 
 
Casualties of political war
The Free National Movement (FNM) is in the process of finalizing its candidates for the next general election. The last general election was in May 2012. The one before was in May 2007. It’s likely the next vote will be in the spring of 2017. Dr. ...
 
 
Staying engaged in the process
Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall confirmed yesterday that fewer than 32 percent of expected eligible voters have registered to vote for the next general election. The next vote is expected in the spring of 2017. “It’s slow all around the ...
 
 
The details that matter
The governing Progressive Liberal (PLP) is meandering through its last few months in office. It was elected in a landslide in 2012. Things have not gone well since. Recession set in. Baha Mar went into bankruptcy. Taxes went up. There were murder re...
 
 
Exercise your democratic power
Interesting debates always emerge when the question is posed as to whether or not citizens living in democracies should feel obligated to vote. Most democracies were fought for. People who campaigned for freedom, self-governance and civil rights wer...
 
 
Preserving our physical heritage
Though independent from Britain for 42 years, the history of The Bahamas and the Bahamian people hardly started in 1973. Insufficient effort by successive governments to preserve the physical remnants of our heritage has led to mounting ignorance abo...
 
 
Secrecy indicates there’s no final deal yet
We listened to the press conference a few weeks ago by Prime Minister Perry Christie on Baha Mar. Since it was a national address we thought he would be there along with the Export-Import Bank of China, the lender; China Construction America, the bui...
 
 
Technology gaps hamper business growth
A positive contribution of value-added tax (VAT) has been its rollout over a web-based platform. By embracing technology, the government greatly eased the burden of implementing VAT. Upgrading additional government departments to electronic platforms...
 
 
The disgraceful state of the electricity supplier
From the weekend to present residents of New Providence have been dealing with rolling blackouts. At times the electricity has been out for hours, to come on for a few hours only to go off again. We know the reason why it goes off in the summers. Ou...
 
 
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