Do they on Shirley Street believe in Bahamians?
BY PAUL JOHNSON
Last week when 11-year-old Lauryn Rolle of St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School was declared the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation’s ‘2013 Student of the Year’, The Tribune didn’t carry one line on this remarkable achievement by this young Bahamian. Lauryn won the award over 122 other outstanding students from primary schools throughout The Bahamas.
Back in March, when St. John’s College student Danielle Smith, 12, won the 16th annual Bahamas National Spelling Bee at the finals of the competition in Crown Ballroom of the Atlantis resort, The Tribune again did not cover this prestigious event.
Yet almost religiously, The Tribune dedicates major space on its front page to crime and other negative stories. Recently, they have devoted a good deal of space to a couple ridiculous stories generated by comments made on Facebook that by any stretch of the imagination could hardly be considered front page material and indeed important enough to be considered news items. The question has got to be asked: Exactly what is The Tribune’s agenda?
Clearly, it would seem as if The Tribune has no concern about how much damage their obsession with reporting crime stories could possibly have on tourism, the lifeblood of The Bahamas’ economy. Of course, this irresponsible behaviour is part of its ongoing “negative campaign” against the governing Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), which Editor and Publisher Eileen Carron seems to hate with a passion.
Meanwhile, the Nassau Guardian, the other major daily, quite rightly gave both accomplishments by our two young students a lot of coverage. The Guardian quite perceptively suggested that Primary Student of the Year Lauryn Rolle’s educational achievement may very well have something to do with the fact that she “great-granddaughter of legendary educator Theodore Grant Glover.
And of course, the major coverage that they gave to Bahamas National Spelling Bee Champion Danielle Smith may have been because the Bahamas National Spelling Bee has been sponsored by The Guardian since it was introduced in 1998, with the winner annually representing The Bahamas at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which takes place on May 28, 29 and 30 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C.
This year, 281 spellers will participate from eight countries: The Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea and the United States. U.S. competitors hail from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense Schools in Europe.