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Editorial - Posted by on February 10, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Community Participation

Today our pages are filled with reactions and urgings from at least three community councils. This is something we believe is positive and worthy of highlight, because it shows that St. Maarten is growing up from the ground level. No matter what you

Editorial - Posted by on February 9, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Hint, Hint

Understandably the set up of St. Maarten’s institution is and will take time, but we cannot help but point out that Parliament has been told again that if certain things are undesirable they should use their authority to present, amend or adopt leg

Editorial - Posted by on February 4, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: The choice before us

Wednesday’s handling of a summary proceedings to secure continued permanent employment for the workers of Pelican has got us thinking. Our thoughts are circulating around the matter of choices and it would seem that everybody likes to talk about th

Editorial - Posted by on February 3, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Gun possession

It is not for nothing that the Court in First Instance uses a standard sentence for anybody who is found in the possession of a firearm. The standard penalty is twelve months imprisonment, and that is just for having a gun. We’re not talking about

Editorial - Posted by on February 2, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: “Let’s work, not talk!”

Today we think we’ll take our lead from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and not talk about winners and losers in terms of the arrangement that was brokered between the government and the unions that represent civil servants and teachers on Wednesda

Editorial - Posted by on February 1, 2011

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Today’s Editorial: Be Reasonable

Today marks a great opportunity for compromise in this friendly country of ours after days of back and forth between the government and the unions that represent teachers and civil servants. It could also be a day of deadlock because of the position

Editorial - Posted by on January 26, 2011

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Editorial: National Frustration

The stage seems set for labor unrest in young Country St. Maarten. Teachers and civil servants are unhappy with the decision of government and parliament to spread a 5.3 percent cost of living adjustment over two years and late payment. Next to that

Editorial - Posted by on January 25, 2011

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Civil Servants / Teachers Emergency Meetings

Union Leaders from the Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) and the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) have made a very big mistake. They’ve announced they’ll be communication with the Finance Ministry in the

Editorial - Posted by on January 22, 2011

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Health hazard

Fires on the garbage dump are nothing new – they occur all the time. But that does not mean it is okay to let this situation continue. There is probably nobody ready to disagree with this, yet the reality is that we will most likely have to wait u

Editorial - Posted by on January 18, 2011

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St. Maarten and Curacao have a similar problem

One hundred days into their life as countries, both do not have governing program. These documents are basically the government’s guide for the four year term that they are sitting. It lays out specifically what the government will do, when and how

Editorial - Posted by on January 12, 2011

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Murder and manslaughter

The Court in First Instance deals with a couple of crimes today and tomorrow that involve murder, manslaughter and a vehicular homicide. It is a sad parade of all the things that go wrong in our community. The stabbing of Alexander Radford will go d

Editorial - Posted by on November 24, 2010

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Solving Robberies in St. Maarten

The last available figures about solved robberies in St. Maarten dates back to 2008. In that year, detectives solved 51 robberies, a mere 17.44 percent of the total. The Netherlands was doing better in this field until recently; in 2004, the score wa

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