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Letter: The Haitian Revolution: What can we in TCI learn from it?

July 8, 2014
With the Haitian Flag Day celebrations having recently ended here in the Turks and Caicos Islands and worldwide, it has made me reflect on the Haitian Revolution and what could be learnt from it for us here in the TCI today. First, let me state that I have the utmost respect for...

Letter: This is no time to declare victory and go to sleep

June 25, 2014
It was clear that the will, reasoning and intent of the TCI electorate prevailed on the majority of the members of the Turks and Caicos Islands House of Assembly, June 23, 2014, to say no to the deadly and dastardly designed British Payroll Tax. One may find it an affront to democracy...

Letter: Payroll tax rip-off

June 20, 2014
Despite the warnings of the public, the cries of the people, the response from the business community the demands from the official opposition, the Rufus Ewing government has ignored commonsense and decided to listen to the oppressive British government with its Payroll Tax Bill.

Letter: Fourteen-storey high-rise

June 20, 2014
Once again the short-sighted PNP gang that cannot shoot, tax or govern straight, has come up with another hare-brained scheme that any TCI fifth grader knows is a mistake: let’s build 14- storey high-rise buildings on our pristine beaches to increase density, induce overcrowding and...

Letter: Do we have a government or is this an extension of the interim government?

May 7, 2014
There have been desperate attempts by weblog writers, PDM opposition leaders, the community, stakeholders to not be so partisan in this tax debate and to give the PNP government some slack. After all it is a vital realization that the elected government be given a free hand in...

Letter: The government is competing with the people for money

April 30, 2014
The recently created Turks and Caicos Independent Business Council (TCIBC) argued that current levels of taxation in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is 30% of gross domestic product (GDP) of the TCI. Can you imagine? Every cent a small business person has is going towards...

Letter: Members of the House of Assembly, stand up for your people

April 30, 2014
I have long maintained that our problems in this TCI tax debate go beyond PNP-PDM or petty political partisan issues. It is now clear that our ministers are being told by the British to increase our taxes and kill us off. But being neutral and giving the government a chance must also have an end.

Letter: It's the hospital, stupid

April 21, 2014
There are some critical points that must be recorded in the deepening tax debate. Many persons, like the Governor’s Office, like the PNP government, Like the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and an emerging sector of the public, are falling for the false premise that...

Letter: Creating new jobs in the Turks and Caicos Islands

April 21, 2014
The State of New York recently attained the distinction of being the number two state in America in the creation of new permanent private sector jobs. New York State’s private sector job count grew by 12,800 jobs or 0.2%, in February 2014, according to the New York State Department of Labor.

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...


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