WHILE the government scrambled to discover the extent of the damage from Hurricane Joaquin, practical Bahamians immediately rose to the occasion and took matters into their own hands.
AS BAHAMIANS slept this week tropical storm Joaquin wandered into our waters “on little cat feet”, but unlike Carl Sandburg’s fog it didn’t move on, rather it moved up our island chain growing from nothing into a giant and destructive hurricane.
IN his budget address in the House of Assembly on May 27 this year, Prime Minister Christie announced that his government planned to introduce its National Health Insurance plan on January 1, 2016.
AN EXASPERATED Commissioner of Police has given the authorities a choice: “Keep criminals behind bars” or his officers will continue to “pick dead bodies up off the streets”.
ON Thursday afternoon, death quietly closed the eyes of Mrs Inez Smith, 82, of Mathew Town, Inagua.
YESTERDAY a worker was discussing crime —which is the main topic of discussion these days. Only this time, he was approaching it from a different point of view. He believes that it depends upon who a person is related to or knows as to how long an offender can remain under the radar in this country and not hear the clang of prison gates closing behind him.
POOR Dr Bernard Nottage, Minister of National Security, whose PLP became the government in May 2012 with the promise that if elected it had all the secrets for reducing — if not eliminating — crime.
LAST Wednesday, Attorney General Alison Maynard-Gibson, government’s lead negotiator in attempts to have the stalled Baha Mar resort completed for opening, invited those who do not think the government “has been working in the best interests of the Bahamian people… to put their glasses on”. Those who do not see government’s valiant attempts “are deliberately trying to mischaracterise what the government is doing,” she said.
DR Bernard Nottage now wants to shift the country’s crime problem on the people’s lack of understanding of the critical issues this country faces — illegal drugs, illegal firearms, gang formations — which ”for us,” he said, “we have never seen the like of it before.”
LAST week, Fred Mitchell, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, invited the Mayor of Atlanta to Nassau, to give government some tips on how it could follow Atlanta’s lead to get its escalating crime under control.
ALTHOUGH Standard & Poor has downgraded The Bahamas’ sovereign credit worthiness to near junk status, the government insists that the country’s economic outlook is still good.
SURELY at some time in his youth Archbishop Drexel Gomez must have read and explained St Matthew’s gospel to his son Damian, who now as Minister of State for Legal Affairs has publicly condemned corruption in politics. Mr Gomez, Jr, was particularly upset with his own government for not taking corruption seriously.
DAMIAN Gomez, Minister of State for Legal Affairs, has been uneasy in the Christie cabinet for sometime. At the beginning of the year his unease became public when a rumour — on which he refused to comment— started to circulate that he was considering resigning from the PLP cabinet.
IF ANYONE appreciated Benjamin Franklin’s belief that “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest‚” it was Albert Joel Miller who worked his way up from the small Grant-in-Aid school in McKann’s, Long Island, to become president and then co-chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority. In 2002, Her Majesty the Queen made him a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG). His friends were drawn from all walks of life and crossed all political boundaries.
AT LAST Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell has admitted what everyone has known ever since the day the PLP was first elected to govern this country — if citizens fail to say “yes, massa” to every whim of their new overlords, they should not expect a crumb from their master’s table.