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July 11, 2006



Sir Arthur

Because I have such abiding admiration for you as a statesman and political analyst, I am loath to challenge your position and reasoning on any public policy initiative. However, in this instance, I feel constrained to do so:

I agree that the Government’s failure to consult with the Loyal Opposition before deciding to rename the Nassau International Airport in Sir Lynden’s honour was an oversight. I agree further that for the PLP to have issued invitations to the FNM for this momentous event, in the manner you describe, was petty, spiteful and disrespectful.

But I disagree with your reasoning that the scandals that abounded during a period of Sir Lynden’s premiership should preclude him from receiving this honour. And I’m nonplussed by your concern that “Many people around the world, including the international media…will wonder why we named an international airport after him.”

Indeed Sir, have you ever wondered why the Americans named Washington National Airport after George Washington, knowing - as I’m sure you do, that he owned black people as slaves? Or would you be troubled flying there now – given that this insult (to follow your logic) has been compounded by the Republican Congress renaming this airport after Ronald Reagan?

(After all, though never charged, Reagan admitted guilt for illegally trading arms for hostages with Iran. Moreover, and ironically, he was implicated in a drug-smuggling scandal - over support for the Contras - at the very time (during the 1980s) when Sir Lynden was being implicated in the “corrupt drug culture” you cite. And, perhaps you recall that a number of Reagan’s more infamous senior aides were indicted and even convicted on charges relating to his government’s corrupt practices.)

Now, do you think it matters one iota to anyone in America what you or anyone in the international media think about who they name their airports after?

Finally Sir Arthur, I believe our Governor General can be forgiven his waxing hyperbolic, which, given the occasion, was not only appropriate but also entirely warranted. Nevertheless, in his defense, I would note that George Washington did not win the War of Independence and set America its path to superpower status on his own. Yet this did not preclude him from being called the Father of his Nation and having national monuments named and erected in his honour.

Therefore, no matter one’s personal or political antipathy towards him, I see no reason why Sir Lynden, who is undeniably the Father of our Nation, should be precluded from receiving similar national honours.


William Shakespeare said what's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

After much ado the Nassau International Airport is now set to be renamed in honor of one of the founding fathers of our nation Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling. As most are aware he was the second Premier and the first Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Sir Lynden came along at a time when the Bahamas was still governed by the Bay Street Boys who later became the United Bahamian Party. After returning from law school in England a young Lynden Oscar Pindling joined the fledgling PLP. Idealistic and full of vigor he was able to galvanize the support of the masses. . Serving as Chairman then soon thereafter leader he guided this band of men to victory at the polls in 1967.

He was elected to the House of Assembly in 1956 where he served continuously for 41 years. From 1967 up until his defeat in 1992 he was the leader of this our country.

During his tenure advancements were made that were of benefit to the Bahamian society both black and white. Undoubtedly Sir Lynden occupies a place in the history of our country which few will ever attain.

Although there was much that was good about his administrations and space constraints will not allow a regurgitation of the many accomplishments but a few are the expansion of the economy, the blossoming of the tourist industry, education for the masses, opportunities for the small businessman and as noted I could go on, there is also a cloud that hangs over them.

Of course of note is the Minority report of Bishop Drexel Gomez as he then was which emanated from the Commission of Inquiry that was held in the early part of the 1980’s. Whether or not the allegations raised were true, what is clear was that the image of the Bahamas worldwide at that time was that we were a nation for sale. The other negative factor also attributed to Sir Lynden was that during the PLP administrations victimization was rife.

Sir Lynden like any other person was a mere mortal and therefore subject to the same vices and inherent faults that we all are and consequently he would have made mistakes. The question that we have to ask ourselves is this enough to deny him his place in our history and a deserved honor.

There are many that have questioned the efficacy of naming the airport after him for fear that it will cast us in a negative light. That the government took so long to deliver on its promise only added fuel to the fire. Like you I have also heard that much of the objections comes from the hotel operators that have invested a great deal in our economy and don’t want to see anything destroy their golden goose.

Well I can appreciate that these concerns ought to aired and considered however they should not be the determining factor in our decisions. If we are ashamed of our past we will never truly appreciate our future as one must know from whence they came to properly negotiate our path forward.

In this same light I questioned the decision to take Sir Stafford Sands off of the ten dollar bill. No matter what one may think of Sir Lynden he is a formidable figure in the history of the Bahamas.

As I observe other countries they too have faced a similar situation but have none the less gone on and done what they considered in the circumstances to be the right thing. History is a good judge of itself and any man who will be evaluated would have to have the good and the bad put forward and then each generation will draw its own conclusions.

The Tribune on Saturday printed a letter from Rev. Dr. Emmet Weir and the editor noted at the bottom that based on his observations then the arguments of Fr. Sebastian Campbell ought to fall by the wayside.

Well it would be hypocritical of me to say that the situations are different, but I can say that we can make a distinction and choose not to honor Columbus in place of honoring our own.

It is time we allowed Sir Lynden to rest in peace. Say thank you for that which he has done and then leave his legacy and all that it entails to be determined by those who have yet to come.

 A True Bahamian

Why would you want to put just the negative things on the internet about the present government and not the good ,these things are posted and people world wide can see. I think that the memebers of the opposition was well informed ,but because of the lack of matuarity theY refuse to attend the ceremony.I think it was highly disrespect.You who made up a bold face lie about not getting an invition should be ashamed of yourself you was just shame to show your face after you no you had put the bahamas in a state of disbelief. WHOEVER THE CAP FIT LET THEM WEAR IT.

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