Another letter to the editor

LaVerne Furbert must have incomprehensible amounts of free time on her hands as she is constantly featured in both paper’s letter to the editor sections.

Unfortunately, she is published so frequently that her views grow tiring because they always follow along the same predictable lines where you don’t need to read her piece in order to know what she’s going to say.

It leaves one to wonder why the editors continue to publish her with such frequency. It has become so bad that anytime I find myself reading the letters to the editor and come across a long winded one, I instantly skip to the bottom to see if LaVerne Furbert wrote it. If so, it’s likely I won’t even bother reading it.

This has me wondering, does anyone take the time to read her pieces anymore or does she write in so often saying primarily the exact same thing that she’s turned the majority of people off from wanting to know what she has to say?

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  1. I always read Laverne’s letters as they are the most remarkable display of wingnuttery. She will be a loyal propagandist to the end.

  2. It has become so bad that anytime I find myself reading the letters to the editor and come across a long winded one, I instantly skip to the bottom to see if LaVerne Furbert wrote it.
    Denis you crack me up. I thought it was just me.
    Some are pretty entertaining. The irony of her criticism that Renee Webb travels too much while the Ewart Brown is in China vowing to open a tourism office there was priceless.

  3. dennis “LaVerne Furbert must have incomprehensible amounts of free time on her hands as she is constantly featured in both paper’s letter to the editor sections.”
    considering dunleavy used to post almost daily saying pretty much the same thing but from the other pov – would you not say the same about him – or are his post more about “tolerance “.
    obviously ms. furbert is my mother so i am biased – but considering the negative stats on young blk men in bda during the 80s and 90s – that as a single black mother who was outspoken against the party in power managed to raise 2 sons, send them to prep school, university and on to graduate school speaks to strength of character that you and your readers will never know.
    when i was home on holidays – my mother made sure that i volunteered at the adult education ctr and at the sunshine league.
    while working at addiction services in the 80s my mother opened her house to one of the first young women diagnosed with AIDS and gave her my brother and i’s room.
    i could go on and on but your disrespect toward my mother is a sad commentary on the two bdas that exist. for you to find it in your heart to say what u said about a 60 year old black women who has spent her life sticking up for the “little guy” even at her expense shows mean streak that i have come to expect from your posters – but am surprised to hear from you.
    for u to find love & respect in ur heart for the christian dunleavy’s of bda but not the laverne furberts says a lot about u that i hadn’t noticed b4.

  4. Chapman,
    Ironic that you find Denis’ ‘disrespect’ for your mother sad. Quite honestly, respect must be earned, and your mother shows rank disrespect for the Bermuda public every time she opens her mouth or puts crayon to paper to indulge in another racist, nonsensical and hateful diatribe. Also, it’s interesting how neither you nor your mother think anything of indulging in political tactics for which you criticize others.

  5. I was waiting to allow Denis to respond, but ok…
    I’m not into being unfairly referencing people’s family, but Vanz, what you are doing comes off like a simpleminded ploy and yet another one of your trademark misdirections (perhaps unintentionally, perhaps not).
    Anyone commenting as consistently as your mother has to expect (and be ok with) criticism if those comments, particularly when they include personal and racial attacks. End of story.
    Was it also evidence of a “mean streak” when Ms. Furbert identified the names, workplace, and daycare of Phil Wells’ wife and newborn son in the Worker’s Voice, a letter to the editor, and a post to his blog along with thinly veiled threats if he didn’t shut up?
    Which is worse, verbal criticism of ideas or intimidation tactics?
    Everyone is someone’s mother, father, brother, sister, auntie, etc. How do you think Michael Dunkley’s wife and children feel when you are constantly calling him “dim”??? What about Mr. Darrell? What about Phil Wells and his family? What about Renee Webb? What about any of the other people you and Ms. Furbert have personally insulted in your posts, letters, and articles? C’mon now, you’ve insulted entire races repeatedly.
    Are the only people whose feelings matters yours and those close to you as your conduct suggests?
    I’m sure you will write this off as a comments of a “white devil”, but seriously–if you think, as it seems, that 90%(+) of the world (i.e. those with whom you disagree) have some sort of defect which causes that disagreement, perhaps you need to look at yourself.
    That’s why, despite my disgust at the hatred and ignorance which constitutes most of what you and Ms. Furbert post, I actually feel sorry for both of you. Either something terrible has happened which scarred you for life or you are just terribly unhappy, nasty people.
    Regardless of what’s behind it, that’s no way to live. In all sincerety, you’ve got some serious issues. Work them out.

  6. No need for “bill” to do it. You’ve done a pretty good job of burning a lot of bridges.
    Anyway I have better things to do. See you on the 18th.

  7. Vanz,
    I said nothing about the capability or character of your mother and certainly did not mean disrespect with regards to her contributions to the community nor her capacity as a mother. How you could imply such simply from my questions of whether her writing has become disappointing?
    I simply suggest that she writes in so frequently and so often along the same lines that what she says has largely become predictable.
    There’s a saying I’ve coined out of what I’ve learned from writing this blog: Speak to be heard, not to hear yourself speak.
    What is the point of your mother writing anything if people rarely even bother to read it? Is she writing so much to convince people or just to see her name in the paper? I’m pretty certain it’s the former and not the latter.
    You can easily cast it as a race issue but it’s really not that simple. By that suggestion, every white Bermudian would flock to read Sal’s blog (bigpussysal.livejournal.com) when really I doubt he gets a whole lot of readership because he’s so over the top. If anything, people would read it because it’s so extreme it’s funny but I don’t know of many who actually do.
    Very sadly the first comment on this post described it perfectly. At least some people only read your mother’s writing for it’s entertainment value. I think that’s very unfortunate for someone who could be trying very hard to do her part to better the island.
    I had a very similar conversation with you a while back with regards to the comments you used to make on other sites. Quite unfortunately the very good points you had to make and excellent contributions were marred by remarks that turned people away from even considering them. Now that you’ve moved to start backing up your statements with more fact and been more willing to discuss things, you’ve had much greater success in having your points heard. Am I wrong?
    I’m not out trying to make your mother out to be a bad person and I never suggested such (I wasn’t even certain she was your mother though I had heard someone suggest it a while back). I’m simply suggesting that her writing, at least for me, has gone from a state where I was interested in reading her views to one where I am disinterested.
    Perhaps that is something you can help her with so that more can gain insight into how she sees things locally and the thoughts and ideas she’s hoping to share? Otherwise, what is the point?

  8. so who do u think reads and agrees w/ politics.bm – and silence pls next time you’re in toronto – look me up so you can see how much i’m “scarred you for life” – but i must say that i find it funny that when a blk person calls out racism it’s because they’re (scarred – a wing nut etc.) – if i’m scarred – then god christian must be a walking keloid – the sad truth is that both sides in bda preach to the converted – maxwell burgess, jahmall, gwyn, even julian hall are ex blk ubpers who have accused the ubp of being racist yet they all have been dismissed as being “loopy” – does racism just not exist in bda is that it –
    i think it makes people like silence etc to think that people who speak truth to power are scarred etc – but truth is that we say it and move on – like right now – i’ve said my piece – i’ll take my son to the pool at the YMCA, go for a workout and then me and the wife will hit American Gangster and then stop for some ethiopian food on the way home -and in between i’ll find some time to salve my “scars”, right silence 😉

  9. *i’ve fixed the typos:
    so who do u think reads and agrees w/ politics.bm – and silence pls next time you’re in toronto – look me up so you can see how much i’m “scarred for life” – but i must say that i find it funny that when a blk person calls out racism it’s because they’re (scarred – a wing nut etc.) – if i’m scarred – then god christian must be a walking keloid – the sad truth is that both sides in bda preach to the converted – maxwell burgess, jahmall, gwyn, even julian hall are ex blk ubpers who have accused the ubp of being racist yet they all have been dismissed as being “loopy” – does racism just not exist in bda is that it –
    i think it makes people like silence etc feel safe or something to think that people who speak truth to power are scarred etc – but truth is that we say it and move on – like right now – i’ve said my piece – i’ll take my son to the pool at the YMCA, go for a workout and then me and the wife will hit American Gangster and then stop for some ethiopian food on the way home -and in between i’ll find some time to salve my “scars”, right silence 😉

  10. Once again, ‘Stalker Vanz’ does what he so predictably does when someone on regressiveminds puts up a decent challeng to him: resorts to the old, and terribly tired refuge of passive-aggressiveness. Take a look at how many times he pulls out thus schtick: “Yes, u r right. I am wrong……” So, so predictable and intellectually dishonest. The hate and bile that spills out of your mother has obviously filtered down to you. Hope you’re not planning on exercising your fraudulently-acquired voter registration BTW.

  11. “Was it also evidence of a “mean streak” when Ms. Furbert identified the names, workplace, and daycare of Phil Wells’ wife and newborn son in the Worker’s Voice, a letter to the editor, and a post to his blog along with thinly veiled threats if he didn’t shut up?”
    You still haven’t answered this, Vanz. I take it that, like your mother, you think that such disgusting tactics are fine so long as they’re directed towards white guys. Interesting………..
    Oh, and the lady that your mother put up at her house while she worked for ‘Addiction Services”: was she one of the ‘drug-addicted homosexuals that died of AIDS’ that your mother so delicately and sensitively referenced when she wrote about why homosexuals shouldn’t DARE to expect equal treatment? Was she one of the innocents for which your mother used the delightful “some of my best friends have been homosexual, heroin-addicted, AIDS-addled people” line in respect of? Inquiring minds want to know……..

  12. oh bill b – i feel the heat from that warm crackling cross all the way up here in toronto – just so u know, my wife is caucasian and she gets a kick outta reading the hatred ya’ll spew – and my ex wife was white too – so at least u know i don’t have a problem with white girls – maybe i’m just half racist huh – u should read teh profile that The Bermudian magazine did on me in their summer 02 issue
    as far as my mother’s outspokenness – it’s no different than dunleavys – so unless you’re mad at him as well i won’t answer ur question.
    and pls stop being a pussy – at least wells and dunleavy don’t hide behind electronic “hooded” sheets and talk nonsense – have some cajones and say who u r when u spew rather than cowering like a coward over your keyboard, your neck growing red from the stress of living in a country that u hate but have no choice but to stay.
    hey but have a nice weekend…ggrrr – i see u gettin’ mad right now… 😉

  13. Bill b,
    I don’t appreciate personalized attacks such as ‘Stalker Vanz’ and have little interest in watching by blog turn into a personalized cat fight.
    I’ll ask that everyone keep things civil.

  14. “Was it also evidence of a “mean streak” when Ms. Furbert identified the names, workplace, and daycare of Phil Wells’ wife and newborn son in the Worker’s Voice, a letter to the editor, and a post to his blog along with thinly veiled threats if he didn’t shut up?”

  15. Ah, nostalgia.,,,,,,,,,,, Gotta love the two worst defences in the book:
    1. If I’m attacked (even when I’ve written the most hateful screed) compare my attacker to Nazis, KKK, neo-Nazis………..Take yer’ pick!!
    2. I sleep with white women, so I can’t be a racist……..
    What next? “Some of my best friends arezzzzzzzzzzzz”?
    But, hey, why not post another photo of a lynching? That’ll make everything OK……..

  16. bill b – let’s start fresh – how can we just get along – i can honestly tell u that most times when blk bdans express anger or “venom” re; race it is as an honest reaction to what they’ve experienced – it might not be right but most humans are only…human

  17. I will agree with your penultimate comment, Vanz. I’m sure that’s the case. However, where does one draw the line between ‘anger’ and outright racist hate speech?
    Is anger an excuse for everything that you’ve said and done? It is open knowledge in the blogging community that you have personally engaged in what can best be described as a form of abusive cyber-stalking against those with whom you disagree. I have personally seen incontrovertible evidence of this (the internet isn’t quite as anonymous as you’d like to think, you know), and yet you have steadfastly refused to admit what you have done – and let’s not insult everyone’s intelligence by denying it still – and admit that you’re a hypocrite for engaging in the kind of underhand and abusive tactics for which you blame the UBP. Both you and I know what I’m talking about, and the people to whom you’ve directed this behavior, so why not just admit it, and admit that you made a mistake? Can you do that?

  18. OMG bill – be truthful – don’t use the plural when u say “cyber-stalking against those with whom you disagree.” u and i both know that we are talking about 1 person pissy dunleavy – and pls if u have %100 evidence that i have cyberstalked then pls “leak it” to the internet . what i have done in re; to dunleavy is, as a shareholder in Axis, the company he works for, i reported to the head of investor relations that according to the time stamps on his blog postings (he has sinced stopped time stamping) he seemed to be blogging rather than wrkng – unlike my mother who writes her LTTE on her own time: here’s the responsde from his bosses – this i will admit to:
    From: Ventresca, Linda
    Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 3:01 AM
    To: Vanz Chapman [mailto:*****]
    Subject: shareholder
    Dear Mr. Chapman:
    Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. The Company has in place a Code of Business Conduct which sets out our policies and procedures on the use of the Company’s assets by employees. Management has met with the employees(Christian Dunleavy et al) involved in this matter and reviewed the Company’s policies with them. Specifically, we have emphasized that the Company’s assets are to be used for business purposes and that our employees should not engage in political activities during business hours. The Code of Conduct can be found on the Company’s website.
    With respect to AXIS, we appreciate the privilege of being an integral part of the Bermuda business community. AXIS fully supports the democratic process in Bermuda, but as a Company, we are appropriately neutral in political matters.
    Finally, we appreciate your interest in AXIS and value you as a stockholder. Hopefully, this addresses your concerns. Please contact me if you have any questions.
    Sincerely,
    Linda Ventresca
    Investor Relations

  19. See, Vanz, I wasn’t talking about that, or was even aware of that (assuming that those are even genuine communications that you’ve posted), but I suppose that it’s tough for you to pick and choose what to admit to. You’ve been sending anonymous abuse via multiple free email addresses – that you apparently believe are untraceable (wrong!) – to more than one person. Think back Vanz. You’ve also been spamming politics.bm with libelous abuse, on the mistaken assumption that it’s untraceable. Pick up a copy of ‘The Internet For Dummies’, or a similar text before engaging in such activities again. You might learn something about just how anonymous the internet is.

  20. again – we’re talking about dunleavy – politics.bm is his site right – and again if u have 100% proof then show it – not to mention that most of the computers i use are accessed by a large number of people and there are no internet services in my name – so unless you have time stamped video tape of me “stalking” dunleavy – quiet down.
    and as far as the validity of the axis letter -ask dunleavy urself – what do u think prompted this post of his:
    Politics.bm
    October 14, 2007
    Housekeeping
    A little housekeeping:
    1) The caption competitions were fun, but this weekend’s will be the last. Thanks to everyone who has participated over the past few months.
    2) The reinsurance business enters it’s busy season in the next couple of weeks, and as such I’ll be doing more early mornings and later nights. Updates will slow down because of this. I don’t have as much time to pre-write posts in the early morning and evenings and queue them up for publishing at various points of the day as I do during the summer months.
    3) I’m trying to get my column in the Gazette going regularly again, and that means a Tuesday morning deadline, which will also impact activity on the blog as it tends to take me longer to write a column that rattle out a blog post.
    As always, thanks for reading and please send on comments as they’ve been very interesting lately.
    Posted Sun by Christian S. Dunleavy | Feedback | TrackBack

  21. Not so fast, Chapman. If you can read properly, which I assume you can, despite your frequently bizarre posts (not sure what that’s all about), I said ‘more than one person’.
    I’m not going to pipe down, so don’t presume to tell me what to do, because you have been well and truly busted, and you know it. You’re suggesting that someone with the same small group of IP addresses and other identifying features (not going to divulge the latter of these to you, as you are apparently clueless about them, which is amusing for someone engaging in your conduct), who just happens to live in the same city as you, who writes in the same nonsense style of writing (really, you aren’t very good at trying to hide your style of writing), who makes the same insults that you have done under your own name in public forums, and who has a vitriolic hate of UBP supporters has been sending anonymous and abusive posts to UBP supporters. Pull the other one, it’s got bells on.
    (Notice, fellow readers, that nothing Chapman said amounted to a denial. Nothing at all. He previously admitted to some communications that he’d sent, but only because he realized that his real name was attached to them and that I might have, perhaps, seen them [I had not, nor was I aware of the situation that he alleges]).
    I don’t need to post ‘proof’ for you, and won’t be, because there’s no need for me to convince you of something that you know that you have done. Neither am I interested in seeing what ludicrous response you’d have to such proof because, again, I know what you’ve done, as do you. I was actually more interested in seeing whether you were honest enough to admit what both you and I know you’ve done. There’s no nice way of saying this: not only are you a complete scumbag for your behavior, but you’re not even man enough to admit it, even after you realize (and you DO realize, despite your protestations) that you’ve been busted. No worries, I’d be ashamed if I were in your shoes, too.
    And with that, I’m done with you. You’ve demonstrated all that anyone needs to know about you.

  22. “i reported to the head of investor relations that according to the time stamps on his blog postings (he has sinced stopped time stamping) he seemed to be blogging rather than wrkng ”
    Vanz, this is a very dirty tactic and displays very poor character.
    If you knew how blogging platforms work you’d know that they allow you to schedule your posts to appear at specific times to correspond with when your visitors most frequently read. It’s a readership building tactic, one that you’ve nefariously exploited.
    This thread has gone far beyond it’s intentions and has gotten out of hand.
    Comments are thereby closed on this thread, if you’d each care to continue your discussions feel free to each send me your emails and I’ll share them to each of you so you can continue this offline.

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