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  • The perilous addiction of substance abuse
    Mar 20, 2019 8:00 am

    The perilous addiction of substance abuse

    More than two months ago, I penned an opinion — “No substance: can you hear the silence?” — to bring to Bermudians’ attention a piece of...

  • A resident’s plea: leave Shelly Bay alone
    Jul 20, 2018 8:00 am

    A resident’s plea: leave Shelly Bay alone

    There are some people in Bermuda who have access to the luxury of a private pool. There are some people in Bermuda who have access to the more than 100 private beaches and coves. For people in neither of those categories, Shelly Bay Beach is the...

  • When will PLP put Bermudians first?
    Jul 19, 2018 8:00 am

    When will PLP put Bermudians first?

    “The forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe as its handle was made of wood and they thought it was one of them” — Anonymous

    The role of the Opposition is to point out the...

  • We need a clear vision of progress
    Jul 16, 2018 8:00 am

    We need a clear vision of progress

    I have been driven to a saturation point with some social-media displays. It’s not that I don’t appreciate a person’s sharing, but nowadays one has to be judicious about how much information they want to consume.

    Watching the police shoot...

  • New banking proposals could transform Bermuda
    Jul 7, 2018 8:00 am

    New banking proposals could transform Bermuda

    One of the great advantages Bermuda has enjoyed historically is the fact there were no wars fought on its shores, unlike most other countries.

    Unless we count the single cannon ball fired from Gates Fort in St George’s at a Spanish rowing...

  • Tax systems favour the wealthy
    Jul 5, 2018 8:00 am

    Tax systems favour the wealthy

    In the second part of his two-part commentary on inequality in Bermuda, economist Robert Stubbs discusses tax burdens on people of varying incomes.

    If governments globally are reluctant to publish data concerning poverty, they regard...

  • Inequality’s conditional legitimacy
    Jul 4, 2018 8:00 am

    Inequality’s conditional legitimacy

    In the first of a two-part commentary, economist Robert Stubbs examines inequality in Bermuda.

    My recent column exposing our unenviable, internationally extreme degrees of income inequality and poverty in Bermuda,...

  • Progress and disparity not working hand in hand
    Jun 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Progress and disparity not working hand in hand

    In one of my books titled It’s Between What They Say, I talked about the environmentalist bubble. I used the term “bubble” here because bubbles can be burst and many children do it just for fun. The point is, it’s a...

  • The politics of misinformation
    Jun 22, 2018 8:00 am

    The politics of misinformation

    “At times, just as it is wise to give a fish some line to get hooked, it is also prudent to let a politician talk.”

    Recently, after comments by Zane DeSilva regarding the relationship between the United States and...

  • A matter of substance: we must not get the short end of the EU stick
    Jun 22, 2018 8:00 am

    A matter of substance: we must not get the short end of the EU stick

    It is a well-known truism in economics that you cannot control both the price and the supply of an item at the same time — you can control the price (price controls) but the supply will self-adjust. You can also control the supply, but the price...

  • Take the politics out of it and save the regiment
    Jun 22, 2018 8:00 am

    Take the politics out of it and save the regiment

    As we understand it, the Bermuda Government is about to announce legislation that would abolish conscription once and for all. In our long-considered opinion, that will be a serious error in judgment.

    A survey analysis done by Global...

  • Truth is the essence of life
    Jun 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Truth is the essence of life

    He who feels it knows it”, a reggae tune, is an experiential truth played out in so many scenes. There is something to be witnessed about having one’s appetite satisfied that shows even lions are pacified when full.

    It may even be a safe...

  • A warning from the voters
    Jun 15, 2018 8:00 am

    A warning from the voters

    Recently, a significant political event took place in the Caribbean nation of Barbados — coincidentally on May 24. If my view is correct, it has profound implications for Bermuda. There was an absolute trouncing of the incumbent political party...

  • Positives of marriage equality far outweigh the negative
    Jun 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Positives of marriage equality far outweigh the negative

    I wanted to write a follow-up to my previous opinion, titled “The campaign for equality”, which was published on May 7 of this year.

    A comment was made that I felt needed answering in greater detail. The comment was this:

    “Why is the...

  • Blame Trump if US fails to get 2026 World Cup
    Jun 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Blame Trump if US fails to get 2026 World Cup

    Ken Bensinger

    This morning, several hundred representatives of Fifa, the supreme body overseeing global football, will be presented with what will surely seem a tempting opportunity for a measure of revenge against the United States — and...

  • Sugar tax toothless and tax-grabbing
    Jun 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Sugar tax toothless and tax-grabbing

    On Friday, the Minister of Health announced that the Customs Tariff Amendment (No 2) Bill 2018, more commonly referred to as the Sugar Tax Bill, would be amended during the debate to take into account “further consideration of the...

  • Time for action on ocean risk
    Jun 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Time for action on ocean risk

    The world’s first Ocean Risk Summit held in Bermuda recently drew leaders from across political, economic, environmental and risk sectors to identify the potential exposures to ocean-related risk and tackle its broad-ranging consequences.

  • Understanding our poverty
    Jun 5, 2018 8:00 am

    Understanding our poverty

    Not surprisingly, the island’s extreme income inequality, severe tax regressivity and exorbitant cost of living provide the perfect cocktail for widespread economic deprivation and poverty. Like many jurisdictions around the world, Bermuda has...

  • Going it alone should not be an option
    Jun 5, 2018 8:00 am

    Going it alone should not be an option

    The past few weeks have provided an invaluable insight into what some of the electorate are talking about and what their concerns really are.

    Every time I stop and talk to the voters in Warwick North East, the same issues crop up:...

  • Fifty years later, what is there really to celebrate?
    May 26, 2018 8:00 am

    Fifty years later, what is there really to celebrate?

    It’s the year of the 50th anniversary of our constitution. Wow. What a celebration; the silence is almost palpable. Like a kite on Good Friday when there is no wind or, worse, like a tradition that has died, there is no noise waking you in the...

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