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In the embarrassing climb-down that is his most recent flip-flop on gambling, the prime minister desperately sought to make a virtue out of his incompetence and bungling, and that his government likely lacked the legal authority to proceed with a vote that it probably would have lost: "I am a prime minister who listens.
Free National Movement Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday called on Prime Minister Perry Christie to abandon the upcoming gambling referendum and put off the poll for potentially more than a year, claiming the issue is being forced on the Bahamian people in the absence of unbiased information.
The House of Assembly's proceedings were marred by several unruly outbursts from the Opposition benches yesterday as Bahamians eagerly awaited Prime Minister Perry Christie's latest information on the referendum, which has now been delayed to January 28.
In the debate on gambling we have a prime minister more engaged in zero-sum game-playing biased towards special interests rather than an open, straightforward approach that would benefit the majority of Bahamians.
Several months ago I listened with keen interest to a recorded sermon that was preached many years ago by the late American Baptist preacher Dr. Adrian Rogers on gambling. Like many of our Christian leaders in The Bahamas, I had struggled to find just one verse in the Bible that could be used against gambling. Thanks to Dr. Rogers, however, I finally have one.
Alex Williams, 32, of Union Village, has been charged with the December 23 armed robbery of Bahama Dream Web Cafe on Mackey Street.
Williams is accused of the possession of an Austria Glock .45 pistol and five bullets. Police allegedly found the gun when they searched a Chevy Tahoe near Kemp Road a short time after the robbery.
Police allege that he fired at two officers -- Corporal 62 Harri...