Why must Bahamas have a military arsenal?

WHILE Democrat Bernie Sanders, in answer to a question last night as to what, if he became president of the United States, he would do to help improve relations between urban communities and their police forces, replied that he would demilitarise the police force, and make it look less like an invading army.

Whither go The Bahamas and Beijing . . . and our sovereignty?

WE HOPE that Prime Minister Perry Christie’s confidence that those who scoff at his optimism over the opening of Baha Mar will join him in celebrating its success when the $3.5 billion resort — now attracting unflattering world attention – opens.

The cost ‘greedy doctors’ have to face to maintain their practice

ALTHOUGH Prime Minister Christie is satisfied that he is on the right track to introduce government’s national health insurance plan, he has decided to call in an outside group of consultants to satisfy the naysayers.

FNM needs an early convention and leadership election

WE HAVE tried to stay out of the FNM’s leadership quarrel, but can’t resist dipping our pen in today when its chairman asks a question the answer to which seems so obvious that we wonder if indeed the FNM is slipping its moorings.

Fred Mitchell chides US Chargé d’Affaires for rape statement

THE opinion of Foreign Affairs/Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell gets more worrying every day. No wonder government is dragging its feet on the Freedom of Information Act.

What is the solution to escalating crime?

THIS COUNTRY is being suffocated by crime. When you open your Tribune today, you will be confronted by a front page that will make your blood run cold – “Pastor beaten and family terrorised”; “Missing policeman’s body found in Grand Bahama”; “Police officer accused of sex attacks on minors” and “Jet ski rape alert came after repeated complaint by US Embassy ignored”.

The death penalty is ‘virtually dead’ says CJ

SPEAKING at the opening of the Legal Year for 2016 yesterday, Chief Justice Sir Hartman Longley made it clear that the death penalty for “The Bahamas is virtually dead”.

US Embassy speaks out - jet ski operators listen

IT HAS taken 26 years for Bahamians to understand the consequences of not properly regulating their water sports industry.

Tribune will not be a part of NHI scheme without full information

ACCORDING to the government its much touted National Health Insurance scheme will be released to the public by the end of this month, its draft legislation having just been approved by Cabinet. This draft, which is currently undergoing “final revisions together with stakeholders” has yet to go through all the legislative process — and don’t let’s forget this time that it also has to be Gazetted before it becomes law.

Fred Mitchell sees court ruling as ‘challenge’ to Immigration’s authority

THERE was much to talk about The Bahamas’ future this weekend as friends got together to bring in the New Year. As they anticipated an uncertain forecast they were obviously concerned for this little country, caught in the crossfire of the world’s conflicts, with not much hope of settling their own.

The Bahamas’ long journey backwards

“THE Bahamas has come a long way in three and a half years!” boasts PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts in a release sent to the press on Tuesday ridiculing observations made by FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest on government’s poor performance.

Wayne Munroe wants illegal immigrants ‘tortured and killed’

TAKING TO his Facebook on Friday lawyer Wayne Munroe, QC, recommended flogging of immigrants who enter the Bahamas illegally. In an interview with The Tribune he reasoned that “flogging” could be an effective physical and psychological barrier to people seeking to enter the Bahamas illegally. If illegal immigrants believed “we tortured and killed them, they might not come,” Mr Munroe argued.

PM urged to slow down with NHI rollout

IT NOW seems to be a case of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”.

Election financing legislation needed before 2017 election

DAMIAN Gomez, State Minister for Legal Affairs, has admitted that draft legislation to control donations to fund election campaigns has been languishing – presumably on his desk – for the past three years despite Prime Minister Christie’s commitment to address the issue urgently. Because of this, said Mr Gomez, he could not guarantee that corruption does not occur in government.

Does government plan to go into health insurance business?

ACCORDING to PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts the Bahamas’ private insurance companies want to form their own “monopolistic cartel with unfettered powers to raise premiums to ensure profits.” Mr Roberts claims that the private companies want no government involvement in universal health insurance, the implementation of which is only a month away.