ONE of my closest and oldest childhood friends recently reminded me of one of my idiosyncrasies as a teenager. She said, “whenever you left your seat in class, you didn’t want anyone else to sit in it while you were not there. You would leave and come back and say ‘why is my seat hot?’”
SOME time ago, I said that The Bahamas is a powder keg. Today, I believe in that statement even more than I did then. Our society is imploding and we have reached the point of absolute crisis. There is no other description for the criminality and mayhem happening around us on a daily basis.
This week, National Health Insurance (NHI) and crime continued to dominate the headlines while another horrific act of terrorism thousands of miles away had all the right Bahamians arguing for all the wrong reasons.
Last week, the Department of Immigration - via Bahamas Information Services - responded to a column I wrote about Cubans Carlos Pupa Mendoza and Lazaro Seara Marin, who are currently being held at the Bahamas Department of Corrections without charge and who have suffered inhumane treatment.
THIS past week, Reverend Ranford Patterson, Christian Council President, said: “We cannot allow the criminal elements to determine how we will live in our society.”
THIS week, when news spread that the country’s murder record had been tragically broken, I glimpsed my teary-eyed, 80-year-old aunt (rosary in hand) praying. Trying to offer comfort, I asked her if she was okay. Her response? “No, I’m not okay because I never imagined this is what The Bahamas would come to.”
ON the face of it, human rights appears to be a non-starter in certain quarters of The Bahamas.
POLITICS is a strange game in The Bahamas – full of “crazy per-sons”, as Holly laughs to Megan in the Coca-Cola commercial that plays endlessly on television.
CRIME in The Bahamas is at unacceptable levels. But what do we mean by “crime”?
MOST people think corruption refers to something big, unusual ... the behaviour of a select group. It can be, but it’s also – and maybe more often – the little, deceitful, ordinary things you do every day that eventually add up to a larger act of dishonesty that carries with it greater penalties and repercussions.
Richard Coulson suggests a compromise of interests can be found to preserve the stalled mega-resort development
This week has been one of defections, reflections and deflections. Members of Parliament switched teams, two leaders went head to head in the proverbial “political game of chess,” and somehow another “party” cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars.
TODAY, Prime Minister Perry Christie must be feeling like a politically wounded man, losing two of his former political acolytes to the Free National Movement and reducing his parliamentary team from 30 in 2012 to 27 when Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins and Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells crossed the floor.
I am not a criminologist. Nor am I a cop, a judge, a prosecutor, a public defender or a prison warden.
What’s The Pointe? It’s not an inclusive development for the average Bahamian; not to my eyes or ears.