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Sidney Sweeting, DDS The headline of the Nassau Guardian of 9/24/11 stated that "The Chief Justice Hits Out." On Thursday the Minister of National Security suggested that some judges are too liberal when it comes to granting bail to people charged with murder and other serious crimes. The Commissioner of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at
S.T. Sweeting, DDS After my morning swim at St. Andrew's Pool my route home takes me through Cuthbert Hill and to the Eastern Road. I had been told that the Fox Hill/Eastern Rd. diversion had opened and would improve the flow of traffic moving West. I usually reach the Eastern... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS There was a haunting song back in the 60's "Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing." This song came to mind when I was thinking about how morals, ethics and common decency was really just that back in the 50's and 60's when a handshake... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2011 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS On March 21, 2011 I posted a blog on the circus at Harbour Island, which some call the court, which postpones case after case, adnauseum - one case from Spanish Wells has ben going on for three years. I was referring to a particular case which has... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS On May 12, 2011 Rick Lowe wrote an eloquent tribute to a great Bahamian, Jackson Burnside, who passed away on May 11, 2011 and to quote from that article "he leaves a legacy that will not be surpassed." It has been suggested from some quarters that, as... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS While all Bahamians will agree that the Bahamian judiciary is in serious need of repair, I personally believe that the court system in Harbour Island could serve as the "poster boy" for all that is wrong in the judiciary. Law schools could send students to sit in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS I have paraphrased a part of the statement made by President George W.Bush at his inauguration on January 20, 2001, when he stated "Sometimes our differences run so deep it seems we share a continent, but not a country. We do not accept this and we will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at
I was also deeply saddened Rick, when I received the news of Basil's death. I also got to know him through Rotary and yes, he was always a very warm and personable gentleman. Allow me one personal example of the character of Basil Dean. After he moved to Atlantis I had some family visiting and they wanted to spend some time at Atlantis. I called Basil to ask about getting passes. I apologized profusely for disturbing him because I knew how busy he was. He told me where they could be picked up and I thanked him profusely. He showed up with the passes "because he wanted to meet my family". Then he escorted us to the area where the tour was to start. When he left the comments were "What a nice gentleman. I offer condolences to his wife and the rest of the family
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Sidney Sweeting, DDS In the late 1930's the famous comedy duo, Abbot and Costello, did a comedy skit about baseball in which the players had odd names such as "Who's" (name of player) on first, "What's" on 2nd and "I don't know" is on third. I have been reminded of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at
Sidney Sweeting,DDS The main topic of conversation in the Bahamas is the rampant crime. It is unusual to meet someone who has not been assaulted, had a break-in at home, something stolen or know of someone who has been a victim of crime. What I find puzzling is the number... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS I went out with a friend for lunch yesterday and we got caught in a class one traffic jam after turning on to Shirley Street from Kemp Road. The traffic was moving at a snails pace. We were patient, assuming that there had been an emergency somewhere... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS The recent beating of a woman who was conducting a segway tour on Prince George dock was very disturbing and has a lot of Bahamians wondering what kind of people are being recruited to "serve and protect us." It has been reported that police officials will immediately... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at
S.T. Sweeting, DDS The secretary of the Pharmaceutical Council has been calliing physicians and dentists to make sure they know of the provisions of the new Act which will become law in January 2011. I was informed that we will then be alllowed to give patients only those pills of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS We have been blaming the criminals and we have been blaming the police for the rampant crime that is destroying our country. It has become obvious to me that the real problem is the court system and some of the judges. Quite frankly, I feel we need... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS It is impossible to live in any country where there are no complaints about the way the country is being governed, the quality of service at the utility companies, the unpaved roads, the dirty beaches, the malfunctioning traffic lights,etc. We could however, have streets paved with gold,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS Chris Lowe and Bahamas Customs The issue of Chris Lowe and his battles with Customs in Freeport continue to bother me because I am convinced that he is fighting an issue for all of us, not just for himself and his company. So often many of us... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS After arriving at my office on Friday morning I started to read the account of the trial of Cordel Farrington who was accused of murdering the four boys in Grand Bahama. I made it as far as the account of his murder of the first boy when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS The first blog was posted here... on September 1, 2010. The complaint was filed by the victim on a Friday afternoon and I called and spoke with an officer at the complaint and corruption unit on the following Monday. She said that there had been a fire... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at
Please, AGR let us all have this fantastic e-mail address. There must be someone there who knows how to get things done. I had a similar case. I register for a dental convention which is held in Chicago every year in February. I register early to get the courses I want and to allow for our snail pace post office. This year I waited for my tickets to show up as long as I could then started calling the post office and getting nowhere. I finally called the Postmaster and he referred me to EMI. The gentleman there called me the next day - it had been sitting in the post for 3 weeks. I tried for weeks after to thank him and could not get him on the phone and finally presumed that he had been fired because he was making everyone else "look bad">
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Sidney Sweeting, DDS I recently learned first hand the reason for the reference to "The Misery of Public Works" For the first eight months of 2010 the traffic lights at Village Road and Shirley Street have been off more than they have been on. About two weeks ago I decided... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS I have been around long enough to realize that not all members of our Police Force can be considered paragons of virtue but even I was shocked last Friday by an incident involving three members of our police force. Two young boys were travelling by car in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS Sir Winston Churchill once said that "democracy is the worst form of Government, except for all the rest." We have a clear example of that when it states in our Constitution "no civil or criminal proceedings may be instituted against any reason of any matter or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2010 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS On a recent talk show the Deputy PM was being criticized for issuing so many work permits to Haitians while so many Bahamians were looking for work. I applaud his reply when he said, in effect, that if the critics could find Bahamians who are willing to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS One of the busiest intersections on the island of Nassau is the one at Village road and Shirley street and it has been without functioning traffic lights for more than two weeks. Perhaps the government operates according to a quota - there has to be x number... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2010 at
Sidney Sweeting, DDS Republican State Representative Rex Duncan of Oklahoma is pushing for a law to prevent Sharia law from being allowed in his state in any aspect of government or the judiciary. He feels confident of getting the law passed and is hoping that is will kick start the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at