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Editorial - Posted by on July 31, 2014

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Editorial: Public disclosure

That former ministers have to file a declaration about their assets and finances within thirty days after leaving office seemed like a good idea. The reality is that this requirement – even though non-compliance carries a maximum prison sentence of

Editorial - Posted by on July 30, 2014

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Editorial: Beautiful present

The trouble at Caravanserai is not over yet. A third auction is scheduled, and the bank that wants to recoup its investment this way is confronted with the baffling circumstances surrounding the sale of the Dunes Casino to the Corallo-company IFPS.

Editorial - Posted by on July 29, 2014

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Editorial: Health insurance

The National Health Insurance plan has been a bit of a running gag for at least the past five years. Now the Democratic Party proposes in its election platform a phased introduction if this system. In March 2010, party-leader Wescot-Williams (then

Editorial - Posted by on July 29, 2014

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Editorial: Words into action

The recent Parlatino forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) is a topic with actual relevance and meaning to the social reality on St. Maarten. In light of the recent spree of armed robberies in Cole Bay and Front Street, not to mention the shoo

Editorial - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Editorial: University of St. Martin: A step in the right direction

The University of St. Martin (USM) seems to be heading in the right direction with its current degree program arrangement with Monroe College and the Study Financing Department. For too long, USM hobbled along, crippled by both bad internal decisions

Editorial - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Editorial: Helmin Wiels murder investigation is getting uglier by the day.

With the arrest of former MFK Minister of Finance George Jamaloodin the Wiels murder investigation in Curacao is getting uglier by the day. Two weeks ago, Carlos Monk said he is a suspect in this investigation as well. Monk was a Pueblo Soberano-mini

Editorial - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Editorial: Hurting ourselves

The good news is that one of the suspects in a daylight robbery of a Front Street store in complete disregard and disrespect of the law and civil norms was arrested, sending a signal to other would be criminals that the police aren’t going to take

Editorial - Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Editorial: Perceptions (Criminal court cases in the works against politicians)

As our front-page article shows, the UP may have to take a lot of flack in the weeks before the elections on August 29. There is literally a barrage of criminal court cases in the works and they are all in one way or another linked to the green party

Editorial - Posted by on July 22, 2014

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Editorial: Authorities are treating political parties with kid gloves.

There are many ways to look at the general permit the Justice Ministry issued for political parties on July 8. One could argue, for instance, that the permit’s conditions do not apply to every billboard that was already in place before that date

Editorial - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Editorial: Irony (St. Maarten elections)

It’s election time again and boy do politicians think we have a short term memory. The recent statements by the DP leader about being against “one party rule” made us do a double take. What? Is this coming from the same party that has been in p

Editorial, Uncategorized - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Editorial: Tough talk (airport shooting in Curacao)

The airport shooting in Curacao has put Curacao’s Justice Minister Nelson Navarro in overdrive. With a live broadcast speech on TV, he announced tough measures to increase the safety of the island’s population. Navarro announced that the measu

Editorial - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Editorial: Shooting is “an isolated incident”….. Dream on

The shooting at the airport in Curacao seems to be related to a war between two gangs. Where gangs are involved, drugs usually are not far away. In this sense, the shooting adds an argument to the debate about the legalization of drugs. If gangste

Editorial - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Editorial: Aren’t politicians supposed to be role models?

The police are opting for a careful approach towards possible violations of the rules for the placement of political campaign material on public roads. It is of course always better to talk things over than to strong-arm citizens into obedience. S

Editorial - Posted by on July 15, 2014

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Editorial: Ulterior motives (of politicians)

It is amazing how suddenly politicians from all walks of life bend over backwards to commend the police for a job well done, and how they suddenly come out of the woodwork with their concerns about crime after almost four years of silence. There a

Editorial - Posted by on July 14, 2014

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Editorial: Beyond ironic

Our political parties are ignoring the rules the Ministry of Justice has issued for the election campaign practically across the board. We have seen billboards at roundabouts, flags on the Prince Bernhard Bridge and banners on streetlight poles.

Editorial - Posted by on July 13, 2014

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Editorial: Hunger strike

Aruba’s Prime Minister Mike Eman has reverted to the near ultimate measure in an attempt to convince the kingdom that his island is entitled to decide about its budget without outside interference. Until the budget is signed, or until I am no lo

Editorial - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Editorial: Choices (upcoming elections)

Another coalition government or one-party rule? Those the options are currently going around in the minds of our politicians. The UP is after an absolute majority – and therefore one-party rule. Others are not so sure. DP-leader Wescot-Williams

Editorial - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Editorial: 58 days waiting to get paid

We do not doubt the good intentions of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation, but we do question its wisdom and prudence. Our front-page story about the cleaning lady who has been waiting since May 5 to be paid for her services shows tha

Editorial - Posted by on July 8, 2014

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Editorial: Reform

The statements made by the Prime Minister about the Council of Ministers left us both disturbed and surprised. That there is the possibility under our chosen system of government for ministers to not know what the other is doing once their budgets ha

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 4, 2014

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Editorial: Decision about prosecuting former minister Maria Buncamper Molanus long overdue

The Public Prosecutor’s Office has been unable to take a decision about the criminal prosecution of former Public Health Minister Maria-Buncamper-Molanus for the past three-and-a-half years, and it continues to leave this question in limbo. This

Editorial - Posted by on July 2, 2014

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Editorial: Education reform

The speech at by Didacus Jules at the Governor’s Symposium hit a nerve, especially when we consider that most crime on the island is committed by the young, in particular young males. The education system here, and across the region, is failing to

Editorial - Posted by on July 1, 2014

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Editorial: Explanation owed.

In 2012, the National Alliance had apparently no problem whatsoever with plans for the financing of a megalomaniacal $100 million Justice Park its Justice Minister Roland Duncan wanted to push through Parliament. The project fell over the insane f

Editorial - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Editorial: Clarity needed on the Vorst family land deal

Two issues need greater clarity and Vromi Minister Maurice Lake is the one who is currently responsible for providing that clarity. One issue involves the land deal with the Vorst family who recently dropped their court case against the state. For

Editorial - Posted by on June 29, 2014

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Editorial: St. Maarten authorities display “standard response” when women escape from brothels

Pavlov reaction We’re not very sensitive to remarks foreign countries make about our behavior, but this one deserves a bit more than average attention. The American Trafficking in Persons report observes that authorities in St. Maarten display a

Editorial - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Editorial: Understandable

The frustration of former PSS-director Denicio Richardson about the government’s decision to appeal the court ruling that would have given him close to a quarter of a million dollars in compensation for all the injustices he has been put through, i

Editorial - Posted by on June 27, 2014

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Editorial: Shared responsibility

The individual responsibility of ministers as we know it in our current system is a seriously flawed concept. When St. Maarten was an island territory, the members of the Executive Council had a shared responsibility. If a majority of commissioners o

Editorial - Posted by on June 24, 2014

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Editorial: Fresh air in local politics

The candidacy of Emil Lee on the list of the Democratic Party is right now just that – a candidacy. But Lee has already brought his flavor of accountability and integrity to local politics before the first ballot has been cast. Long before he ma

Editorial - Posted by on June 23, 2014

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Editorial: Not to be overlooked

We tend to overlook our Spanish speaking counterparts in the Caribbean, and even view them as somehow not “Caribbean” for some odd reason. Yet the Spanish speaking Caribbean accounts for over 70% of the region’s population when you just factor

Editorial - Posted by on June 22, 2014

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Editorial: Giving back

There has been a spell lately of corporate and volunteer group donations to worthy causes and individuals, especially to the Art Saves Lives summer program about to begin shortly, and this can only be a good thing. We also read with interest the dona

Editorial - Posted by on June 20, 2014

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Editorial: PM Evasive when asked about bad decisions of Postal Services St. Maarten

Shareholder representative Sarah Wescot-Williams remained evasive when this newspaper asked about the bad decisions of the supervisory board of directors of Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS) that led to a court ruling that will cost the taxpayer clos

Editorial - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Editorial: Path of wisdom

Independent MP Patrick Illidge is right about one thing: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was dead wrong with the reason he gave for not wanting to receive him at a reception in The Hague earlier this month. Illidge now claims he chose the path of

Editorial - Posted by on June 18, 2014

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Editorial: Slow company (TELEM)

UP-leader Theo Heyliger presented a razor-sharp analysis of telecom provider TelEm in Parliament yesterday. It felt a bit like the wakeup call the company desperately needs. For a company that is required to act fast in a highly competitive and fa

Editorial - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Editorial: Good for everyone (Economic Inspection Department controls)

That the economic inspection department, in coordination with other government agencies, decided to surprise a large hotel and resort in Cupecoy with a control of their business standards is good news. We have all sorts of gurus coming to the island

Editorial - Posted by on June 16, 2014

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Editorial: Silent citizens

When the police force sent out a press release earlier this week asking possible witnesses of the robbery at the Scotiabank in Simpson Bay to come forward we had a double feeling about this request. First of all, it should not be necessary for the

Editorial - Posted by on June 14, 2014

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Editorial: Uncertainty about G.E.B.E.’s utilities relief program

The utility relief program for seniors Gebe is offering remains somehow shrouded in a veil of secrecy. The registration form does not give a single indication about the requirements seniors have to meet to qualify for the program. As it stands now, a

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