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Letter: TCI bankruptcy

April 14, 2014
The very public Providenciales courtroom battle by the directors of TWI (Trade Wind Industries Ltd, the parent company of the Conch Farm) to obtain that company’s books and records from Chuck Hesse, the former CEO and chairman of the board, who was unceremoniously...

Letter: Who is advising the governor?

April 14, 2014
It would appear that our current Governor Peter Beckingham is no better informed than his predecessor, “slick” Ric Todd. The governor has reportedly formed a Governor's Business Advisory Group supposedly comprised of Turks and Caicos business leaders.

Letter: Time for a new commission of enquiry

April 7, 2014
The time has come for the government to appoint a commission of enquiry into Interhealth Canada Ltd (ICL), the hospital, the national health insurance and why we are facing so much debt. In its press conference on April 2, 2014, the PDM opposition repeated it calls for an audit into the operations of ICL.

Letter: Experience is overrated

April 7, 2014
In our society today I believe that experience is overrated and that it is competency and integrity to carry out a given task that is truly sought in the job market. Here are a few observations: Does a person really need three years of washing dishes to prove they are adequately qualified?

Letter: Wider issues surrounding the tax debate

April 7, 2014
We cannot lose sight of the wider issues surrounding the tax debate in the TCI. At issue will be where the existing debt came from. We are certain it came from British collusion, indulgence and full consent with the government of the day to force the hospital scam on us.

Letter: New taxes

April 7, 2014
After hearing all sides of the arguments concerning the new proposed taxes I have made a responsible decision to put my full support behind the minister of finance and the government of the day. Years of austerity measures from the government has done much to put the TCI...

Letter: Parliamentarians must stand up for the people

April 3, 2014
Intense and serious pressure reflecting the immediate plight of the TCI people should be placed on all members of the House of Assembly, elected, appointed and ministerial, not to vote for the 2014/15 Budget being presented by the PNP government. This is the only way we can save...

Letter: The writing on the wall

April 3, 2014
Washington Misick personally navigated the failed TCI Bank into bankruptcy in much the same manner that he has navigated his numerous development projects and real-estate companies into financial failures. His financial failures have been quite public and not a secret at all.

Letter: Reality is...

April 3, 2014
We often try to usurp our own versions of reality and make it real, but in truth and in theory -- reality is. What is reality? Where are we? Where are we going? It’s not an abstract thought, or a series of questions destined for the “willing” listener, these are serious questions posed to...

Letter: We need real reduction in taxes to boost tax reform, expansion, growth and jobs

March 24, 2014
I am prepared to entertain VAT or a tax that would be 3% but only after the government repeals the communications tax, removes stamp duty on land down to 2%, removes customs duties down to 2%, removes accommodation tax, wipe out all other taxes, and agrees never to come back...

Letter: If our taxes are going up then we are not being properly represented

March 6, 2014
I recently watched an interview where the Hon Norman Saunders stated that the interim government neglected South Caicos, refused to subsidize flights to South Caicos and indicated that the interim government was somehow responsible for not budgeting for the South Caicos airport.

Letter: Conch Farm calamity

March 6, 2014
I have been watching with amusement, the skirmish between the TCIG, the Crown and Trade Wind Industries (the Conch Farm people). Those adversaries appeared in the courtroom of Judge Margret Ramsay-Hale for the umpteenth time on Tuesday, 4 March.

Letter: Where do we go from here?

February 24, 2014
The Integrity Commission of the Turks and Caicos Islands is going too far in creating new rules as they go. We also have an issue where the minister wants to sell the belonger out with new broadcasting rules. The Integrity Commission is creating rules, rules which no one in the Commission...

Open letter to Premier Rufus Ewing

February 24, 2014
The employees and supporters of the Caicos Conch Farm urge you to reconsider your rejection of the Conch Farm’s offer to the Government (TCIG) to settle the 100 million dollar civil lawsuit that Trade Wind Industries (TWI) has brought against the Crown, Governor Ric Todd and the TCIG.

Letter: Turks and Caicos Beach Club on South Caicos

February 10, 2014
I write to you in interest and frustration, as a current owner of two units of the Turks and Caicos Beach Club on South Caicos, which has been at a standstill for over a decade. My husband and I have been desperately trying to receive our substantial investment back but due to...

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