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Editorial - Posted by on August 4, 2015

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Editorial: Surfing along (the wave of cruise ship tourists)

St. Maarten has only itself to fear where it concerns its prized tourism economy. That is the opinion of travel entrepreneur Terrance Rey and his opinion makes a lot of sense. It seems like the country is just surfing along on the wave of cruise t

Editorial - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Editorial: Embarrassing

The Democratic Party has severely criticized the governing program and not without reason. The document is, as the DP has noted, a wish list that does not offer ideas about when the government intends to do what. It is remarkable that other opposi

Editorial - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Editorial: Obvious weakness

Emil Lee, policy advisor to the Democratic Party faction in parliament has pointed out an obvious weakness in the governing program. He does not see any initiative to stimulate the economy. That is in Lee’s view – and many will agree with him

Editorial - Posted by on July 23, 2015

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Editorial: Decency (Taking its objection off the table in hit and run accident)

The family of hit and run victim Ramesh Manek has asked the court permission to make a statement at the trial on October 7. The attorney for the defense has objected to the request – for now - because she fears that such a statement could have an a

Editorial - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Editorial: Father Christmas

Nobody says that St. Maarten should not take care of its own but the assumption that the government is akin to Father Christmas is a misconception that should not begin to lead a life of its own. The call for even more incentives for ‘returning

Editorial - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Editorial: Back down

The court has handed down a loud and clear ruling on the Gebe-Maduro case, one that ought to give the current government and the cabinets that come after them plenty of stuff to think about. The articles of incorporation of Gebe contain clear rule

Editorial - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Editorial: Off to the races

At first glance, the governing program the cabinet sent to the parliament yesterday is disappointing. That’s not the end of the world – it just means that there is room for improvement. Our main concern is that the program does not contain a s

Editorial - Posted by on July 16, 2015

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Editorial: Motions

The track record of the parliament with the motions it has submitted over the past three years is not brilliant. In part this can be explained from the fact that some motions are simply asking the government to make money available for a certain obje

Editorial - Posted by on July 15, 2015

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Editorial: Uncertainty

Considering the Kingdom Council of Ministers’ move to postpone the decision about an instruction for St. Maarten until after the summer as good news would be a mistake because the non-decision leaves the country in uncertainty and projects that sho

Editorial - Posted by on April 23, 2015

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Editorial: Administrative blackmail

Administrative blackmail. This is how Vice Prime Minister Dennis Richardson qualified the looming instruction from the Kingdom Council of Ministers. Those are big words, but they do ring true, certainly in Sint Maarten where the sentiment has turned

Editorial - Posted by on April 20, 2015

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Editorial: Smuggling drugs

On the surface it seems like the two girls who attempted to smuggle drugs into the Pointe Blanche prison yesterday are utterly dumb. Who puts a bunch of ecstasy pills in his pocket for a visit to the prison? That is asking for trouble, right? Ther

Editorial - Posted by on April 16, 2015

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Editorial: Easy does not do it

That the parliament does not want to run head over heels into passing legislation for the establishment of the Integrity Chamber is up to a point understandable. Hence the adjournment of yesterday’s meeting. The question is however what parliame

Editorial - Posted by on March 30, 2015

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Editorial: Leadership (Silveria Jacobs to be NA leader)

There is a new era around the corner in St. Maarten’s political arena. The announcement that Silveria Jacobs will be at the helm of the National Alliance come 2016 –given the approval of the party’s congress – indicates William Marlin’s imm

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 19, 2015

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Editorial: Creating jobs

Members of Parliament love talking about creating jobs for the people. The latest cry is coming from MP Maurice Lake, the former Minister of Vromi, who urges the government to create work for local contractors. It sounds sympathetic – no questio

Editorial - Posted by on March 12, 2015

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Editorial: Brand new district

While the harbor-project St. Maarten Quarter gets a lot of attention these days, Dutch Quarter residents must be scratching their heads over all that has been promised to them for years. The upgrade of the district, for which the European Developm

Editorial - Posted by on March 9, 2015

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Editorial: Sad reality (Politics)

The electoral system is what it is. Hardly any candidate wins enough votes for a seat, so most MPs get their job on the strength of their party list. Should they, as political scientist Julio Romney suggests, be placed under some sort of higher su

Editorial - Posted by on March 6, 2015

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Editorial: The other suspects

Former marketing director at the tourist bureau Edward Dest wondered not without reason where the other suspects were at his trial. The accusations of inappropriate use of funds from an American bank account  that was to be used for the promotion

Editorial - Posted by on March 4, 2015

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Editorial: End game

The risk of asking question to which one does not know the answer is getting an inconvenient response. This applies in all likelihood to the question the committee for Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations submitted yesterday for revie

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 2, 2015

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Editorial: Reckless driving

We obviously do not know all the details about the fatal accident on Bishop Hill, but what we do know is enough for a preliminary assessment. At best, this is a case of reckless driving with tragic consequences. At worst it is an accident caused b

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 24, 2015

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Editorial: Not good enough (steps to prevent drugs smuggling in luggage of unsuspecting InselAir travellers)

Reports that employees at the airport may be involved in smuggling illegal drugs in the luggage of unsuspecting InselAir passengers is alarming and not just for the obvious reason. If such unscrupulous employees are able to get drugs in the airport a

Editorial - Posted by on February 23, 2015

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Editorial: Going Green

The initiative of the Christian Hillside School under the guidance of the St. Maarten Nature Foundation to introduce a recycling program at the school is commendable and should be viewed as an example for businesses and schools on the island. At a re

Editorial - Posted by on February 17, 2015

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Editorial: Youth Drinking

The initiative by the St. Maarten’s Lion’s Club to have the powers that be increase the legal drinking age from 16 to 21 is a positive one. Their expressed willingness to compromise on this and accept at the very least 18 years as the legal drink

Editorial - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Editorial: Going Green

The Princess Heights boutique hotel is a classic example of how to do things right – one that goes far beyond the hospitality industry. Wasteful behavior is rampant in the civil service and while the cabinet wants to put a policy in place to cur

Editorial - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Editorial: Bigger headaches

Not everything is well in Oyster Pond. The Oyster Bay Beach Resort seems to be acting like the big bad wolf, by claiming a part of the beach in front of the Great House next to Busby’s Beach Bar for the placement of beach chairs for its guests.

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Editorial: Feeble (Plastkerk’s Instruction)

Prime Minister Gumbs and Justice Minister Richardson did not use the word but if one thing is clear it is this: St. Maarten and the Netherlands are at war. Never before was it so abundantly obvious that the kingdom is in dire need of a dispute regula

Editorial - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Editorial: Cell phones (bills of civil servants)

That the government’s telecommunication bill is getting completely out of control cannot be a surprise to anyone. Phone bills are sky high for the same reason it is always so cold in government offices: civil servants do as they please because they

Editorial - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Editorial: More familiar lines (budget debate)

The much anticipated debate about the 2015 draft budget followed a familiar pattern, similar to what emerged from last week’s meetings in the Central Committee. What else is new? We all know that the coalition will approve the budget without muc

Editorial - Posted by on February 2, 2015

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Editorial: Giving burglars a second chance

Is it right to give young burglars who wreaked havoc in a supermarket in St. Peters a second chance? The court seemed to think so yesterday and the young burglars almost high-fived each other in front of the judge after it became clear that they woul

Editorial - Posted by on January 25, 2015

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Editorial: Not out of the woods

Labor conflicts like the one involving attorney Ellen Knoppel show how the inner workings of the government apparatus sometimes shortchange people who mistakenly think they have a steady job. Knoppel went on a rollercoaster ride whereby her one-ye

Editorial - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Editorial: Lame and indifferent (Timeshare legislation)

It appears from a letter to the editor that timeshare owners already submitted their proposals for legislation to Prime Minister Wescot-Williams in 2011. Those proposals were ignored, but now the former prime minister who is currently the lone DP-mem

Editorial - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Editorial: Politics (On St. Maarten)

MP Silvio Matser and the UP-leadership had it coming: a call from the opposition National Alliance for the convicted MP to vacate his seat in Parliament. Since integrity is so high on everybody’s agenda this year, it is impossible to shove the o

Editorial - Posted by on January 12, 2015

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Editorial: Settling disputes

The inter-parliamentary consultation that took place this week in Aruba usually evolves along familiar lines. Gone are the days though when angry Caribbean MPs left the meeting – like Helmin Wiels did in St. Maarten once. There seems to be conse

Editorial - Posted by on January 5, 2015

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Editorial: Competitive economy

A productive, competitive and robust economy. That is what Up-leader Heyliger envisions for the coming year. Unfortunately, the Gumbs-cabinet has made clear that it will implement the controversial counterpart policy. That will get in the way of that

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 10, 2014

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Editorial: Transparency International

The researchers of Transparency International – the last in a seemingly long line of organizations to test our country’s integrity levels – make a good point in today’s front-page story. Fighting corruption is not the exclusive task of the

Editorial - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Editorial: Business as usual (St. Maarten Parliament meeting)

The Parliament sent an invitation for a meeting at 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon. The email reached us at 10.18 a.m. The idea was to discuss three reports of the Progress Committee. At 1.35 p.m. we received another email, saying that the meeting had

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