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September 21, 2010

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Lynn Sweeting

thanks for the perspective, you're really jamming these days larry!

Donald Demeritte

Mr. Smith - This is Don Demeritte. A right thinking Bahamian just alerted me to your column and the unfounded/unfortunate/libelous under your 'Controversies' heading.

Gossip is one thing but repeating comments from questionable sources is another.

To be considered serious our genuine, as opposed to political,I would suggest that you seek to check your facts before joining in whatever games are being played in attempts to malign the character of honest Bahamians. I am easy to track down and talk to and I can assure you that I am always on the side of the Bahamian people and doing the right thing.

larry smith

Mr Demeritte,

The portion of my article that you refer to was based on previously published news stories, which were based on testimony at the tribunal earlier this year. It refers to "accusations", as do all the other examples mentioned. However, the WSC allegations are a matter of public record.

Rick Lowe

Great job as usual Larry.
I must disagree on one point, and that is the appearance of conflict of interest.
No government has yet to enforce a code of ethics by law so we will continue to have these issues arise.
While I believe the Minister in question is above reproach, he did the right thing in offering his resignation.
The other point I'd like to make is private property rights are sacrosanct and we have to be careful how we tread where those are concerned.
What's that old quote:
"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."

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