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When It Comes To Beaches, I Think Caesar Had It Right

EDITOR, The Tribune

During my short stint in politics, the party with which I was affiliated, the SDP fought a by-election in South Eleuthera. At the time we found ourselves fighting not only the PLP, but also the BDP/FNM, but that is a story for another day.

One of my colleagues in the Senate was the late venerable Dr Cleveland Eneas, Sr. In his maiden campaign speech in Tarpum Bay, he began with the quotation from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

“Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” After seeing the blank faces in the audience the leader, the late Norman Solomon, cautioned the learned doctor to use very simple language and images as he didn’t think the crowd got the message.

Dr Eneas’ quotation seems very apt in today’s Bahamas with the competent authority’s decision yesterday to “close the beaches”. We could almost hear Marie Antoinette telling the people to eat cake when they could not afford bread.

After opening the borders and beaches, without any uptick in virus numbers, and no protests from the doctors, I can only perceive this action as “madness.“ What will the tourists do. How will the Bahamians cool temperatures and tempers.

JEANNE THOMPSON

Nassau,

July 7, 2020.

Comments

birdiestrachan 4 weeks ago

Imagine this a Tourist comes to the Bahamas for a 5 day vacation. The announcement is made. you will not be allowed to go on the beach for three of those five days.

They should seek a refund. Where is the reasoning. ?

Where is you heart, Where is you soul, are you human? now Make a sacrifice for three days.

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moncurcool 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Seek a refund for what? Because of the law? Please

We have cases back again. Wonder how they got here? HMMM

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birdiestrachan 3 weeks, 4 days ago

From the borders. open the borders invite people to come then close the beach

It is akin to inviting people to come to your house for dinner. Then when they arrive expecting food to eat. they are told they can not eat the food.

Imagine if BAH MAR or ATLANTIS had opened. they would have to tell their guest they could not go on the beach. What is the Bahamas without the beach?,

My view the closed beaches were intended for the Natives which most of them knew so doc added the Tourist.

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birdiestrachan 3 weeks, 4 days ago

From the borders. open the borders invite people to come then close the beach

It is akin to inviting people to come to your house for dinner. Then when they arrive expecting food to eat. they are told they can not eat the food.

Imagine if BAH MAR or ATLANTIS had opened. they would have to tell their guest they could not go on the beach. What is the Bahamas without the beach?,

My view the closed beaches were intended for the Natives which most of them knew so doc added the Tourist.

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