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Bajans are in a mood for answers

On a day when scores of Opposition demonstrators took to the streets wearing white in an appeal for economic salvation from a burdensome tax, more than the estimated 3,000 plus were in the mood for answers. As political activist David Comissiong rightly said yesterday, there is a general feeling in Barbados right now, today’s march [...]

Time to take action, Mr Minister

Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. –– Mark 12:17.   Margaret Sivers and her team at the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) must be smiling all the way to the bank, or so it would only appear, given the current slew of taxes which we all [...]

When the silence is not golden

Defiant action is gaining momentum in the quiet, rural parish of St John, as the future of one of its historic landmarks languishes in doubt. The 219-year old Society Primary School, which was bequeathed to the island by Christopher Codrington, along with Codrington College and The Lodge School, was closed by the Ministry of Education [...]

To repeal or not to repeal

“If it is me alone, I shall walk!”   With this bold declaration Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is already lacing up her marching shoes and preparing to make a “B-line” straight for Government Headquarters this Thursday. Her stated mission is to secure a repeal of the controversial Municipal Solid Waste Tax, which Ms Mottley suggests [...]

The voice of the people is the Voice of God

The week would have ended much better than it started for some taxpayers, who no doubt would have welcomed the newly announced Municipal Solid Waste Tax ease. We refer here specifically to those senior citizens who own small properties, including a few derelicts, with an improved value of $190 000 or less. Owners of agricultural [...]

Lest we be all losers

At the height of the 2014 hurricane season when our national interest in disaster management issues is generally piqued, a question posed at a Caribbean Disaster Management Programming Consultation here this morning at Hilton Barbados should be enough to jolt us out of our slumber. It came from visiting economist Frederic Martin, who asked if [...]

At last, our Governor has seen the light!

It is pleasing to know that our Governor of the Central Bank, Dr DeLisle Worrell, has finally seen the light at the end of our dark and dreary, economic tunnel, and that he can actually boast of growth for a change, even if it is only in order of 0.03 per cent. A pity, though, [...]

Whither Barbados’ football?

The greatest and richest global sporting tournament is now over. For the past month, billions of people were enthralled by the only game that transcends cultures and continents. Here at home, as is the case every four years, Barbadians rallied behind their team of choice, sharing in the joy and sorrow felt by those with [...]

We must make the litterbugs pay

In the midst of all the controversy surrounding the Government’s new Municipal Solid Waste Tax, two photographs featured in our newspaper this past week have lent substantial credence to the argument that individuals must be made to pay for their garbage disposal –– at least those who would wilfully do harm to our environment. Here, [...]

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