Editorial - Posted by on September 24, 2013

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Editorial: Progress in the Helmin Wiels murder case

The Wiels-investigation finally seems to be making serious progress. Obviously the investigators have not been idle since the May 5 assassination of the Pueblo Soberano-leader, but the lack of news has led people to believe until recently that this c

Editorial - Posted by on September 23, 2013

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Editorial: Appropriate

The former owners of the American University in the Caribbean knew already in 1993 that they were going to leave their campus in Montserrat, it appears from an interview with former AUC-employee Joe Johnson. It is interesting to note that, apparen

Editorial - Posted by on September 20, 2013

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Editorial: Criminal profits

Crime should not pay even though there are plenty of people who consider breaking the law as the fastest way to get their hands on some real cash. This week defendants with convictions for human smuggling to their name heard the prosecution demand th

Editorial - Posted by on September 19, 2013


Editorial: Ludicrous

A student who says he was not even involved in a fight at the St. Maarten Academy is sitting at home because the school only wants to take him back if his mother signs a contract that sets strict conditions for his behavior. While these conditions

Editorial - Posted by on September 18, 2013

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Editorial: Participating society

King Willem-Alexander’s first King's speech – his address at the opening of the parliamentary year – will go down in history as a change document. The message it contains will have far reaching consequences for many people. The King has anno

Editorial - Posted by on September 17, 2013

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Editorial: Crying over spilt milk

The details we publish today about the history of the American University of the Caribbean make clear that the Tien-family pumped millions upon millions of dollars through the school into foreign bank accounts. Nobody stopped them, nobody asked qu

Editorial - Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Editorial: Clear picture (American University)

Parliamentarians made a lot of noise about the deal the American University clinched with the tax inspectorate. But as stories this newspaper will publish also in the coming days will show, this news does not fall out of the sky. The university ha

Editorial - Posted by on September 12, 2013

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Editorial: Budget Amendment

The budget amendment Finance Minister Hassink sent to parliament is a sensible piece of work, even though the financial supervisor Cft has expressed its doubts about it. Like with all good plans, substance matters more than intention. This is why

Editorial - Posted by on September 10, 2013


Editorial: Departure of MP Laville

Independent MP Romain Laville announced yesterday what may have been his last speech in parliament. That seems a bit early, given the fact that his current term in office only ends after next year’s elections. If it is Laville’s intention neve

Editorial - Posted by on September 9, 2013

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Editorial: Pretu’s death in Curacao police cell

The death of the one before last link between Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels and his killers took his own life on Friday evening in a police cell in Curacao. It is tempting to follow the leader of Prime Minister Asjes – who used the term su

Editorial - Posted by on September 6, 2013


Editorial: A brutal insult (to autistic children and Down syndrome sufferers)

That there are children in our community that needs more attention in school than others is a fact. Under the law on compulsory education it is the government’s responsibility to take care of these children and to give them the best possible care.

Editorial - Posted by on September 5, 2013

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Editorial: Sense of urgency

Judge van de Ven looked perplexed yesterday morning when a prosecutor told him that unconditional prison sentences for suspects that are not detained at the moment of their sentencing cannot be executed at the moment. The message is realistic and

Editorial - Posted by on September 4, 2013

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Editorial: Nice touch

Predictably, the parliament voted yesterday unanimously in favor of a motion against André Bosman’s initiative law to restrict the admission of citizens from St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba to the Netherlands. While Members of Parliament cried f

Editorial - Posted by on September 3, 2013

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Editorial: Core tasks

Finance Minister Hassink’s mission impossible continued with a debate in the central committee yesterday. The minister is miffed that politicians in the Netherlands picked up on his statement – that a zero-budget deficit may be a mission impossib

Editorial - Posted by on September 2, 2013

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Editorial: No sympathy for the Bosman law

That there is no sympathy for the Bosman-law in St. Maarten or elsewhere in the Caribbean is understandable, but the arguments to support this position that we hear are at times weak, at times predictable and at times not helpful at all. The weake

Editorial - Posted by on August 30, 2013

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Editorial: Skimming

Don’t ask what your bank can do for you; ask what you can do for your bank. This liberal interpretation of John F. Kennedy’s famous statement comes to mind after reading the verdict against two Bulgarian skimmers. These defendants got off ligh

Editorial - Posted by on August 29, 2013

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Editorial: Self-regulation

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams prefers that the media engage in self-regulation. Here is a news flash: at Today we have regulated ourselves already. We respect the code of conduct the International Federation of Journalists established in 1954 in Gen

Editorial - Posted by on August 28, 2013

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Editorial: That’s where the money is

Willy Sutton is no longer with us but his legacy lives on. During his lifetime, Sutton robbed more than one hundred banks. Asked by a judge why he was committing these crimes the Irish-American bank robber quipped “Because that’s where the money

Editorial - Posted by on August 27, 2013

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Editorial: Back off

VVD-parliamentarian André Bosman has jumped on Minister Maurice Lake’s initiative against yellow journalism with questions to Kingdom Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk that will meet a predictable fate: St. Maarten is an autonomous country and it w

Editorial - Posted by on August 26, 2013

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Editorial: Distorted picture

What is it with the Cadastre that subsequent ministers feel they have to intervene? The statement we received yesterday from the Cadastre’s management sheds some light on the situation. For years now the Cadastre has kept employees on the payroll i

Editorial - Posted by on August 23, 2013

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Editorial: Andre Bosman’s suggestion a cheap shot

VVD-parliamentarian André Bosman seems to have made St. Maarten his personal hobby. Since his Socialist Party-colleague Ronald van Raak apparently has better things to do than spouting nonsense about our country, Bosman has not missed a single oppor

Editorial - Posted by on August 22, 2013

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Editorial: Step by step

Attorney-General Dick Piar’s call for legislation to protect whistleblowers has already fallen on deaf ears in St. Maarten. At least, this is how we interpret Prime Minister Wescot-Williams statement that she prefers to take things step by step and

Editorial - Posted by on August 21, 2013

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Editorial: Bosman-law

Whether André Bosman’s initiative-law goes into effect or not does not make all that much of a difference. According to constitutional law expert Hoogers (see our front page article) it will not solve the problem it claims to address, so at the en

Editorial - Posted by on August 20, 2013

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Editorial: Another party

With the establishment of the Social Reform Party by former National Alliance-candidate Jacinto Mock the field for next year’s elections has expanded to six contestants – and we suspect that we have not seen the end of this development yet. Sm

Editorial - Posted by on August 19, 2013

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Editorial: Whistleblowers

Attorney-General Dick Piar addressed an interesting issue last Friday: the protection of whistleblowers. Why is this important? Piar notes correctly that many people live in a culture of fear and that they simply do not dare to report abuse – wheth

Editorial - Posted by on August 16, 2013

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Editorial: Perspectives

The Constitutional Court means business, that much became clear from yesterday’s interim ruling. The reference to a ruling from the European Human Rights Court indicates which way the judges are leaning with respect to the perspectives from crimina

Editorial - Posted by on August 15, 2013

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Editorial: Core tasks of Government

The initiative to do a study into the core tasks of government is a good one, for sure. It is also an initiative that could lead to some unrest in the civil service, certainly after Prime Minister Wescot-Williams floated the idea to outsource certain

Editorial - Posted by on August 14, 2013

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Editorial: Short-term contracts

The Council of Advice played the ball right back at the Central Committee when suddenly a question popped up about the infamous short-term labor contracts. Never mind that in civil law there are only two types of labor contracts: temporary and perman

Editorial - Posted by on August 13, 2013

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Editorial: Inevitable conclusion (Prince Johan Friso)

The death of Prince Johan Friso brings a tragedy that happened close to one-and-a-half years ago to its inevitable conclusion. After he was rescued from that avalanche in Lech the prince never stood a realistic chance of recovery. His legacy is th

Editorial - Posted by on August 12, 2013

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Editorial: Financial trouble of Caravanserai

That the Caravanserai Beach Resort is in financial hot water is a sign that the economic crisis has cut deeper than many want to hear or even to believe. The resort’s expansion has come to a full stop, the contractor has left the job and it does

Editorial - Posted by on August 12, 2013

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Editorial: Lame event

The visit of the Collectivité d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin to the parliament in Philipsburg might have come across as a lame event, but it is significant all the same. The visit of our French neighbors exuded an atmosphere of willingness to (fin

Editorial - Posted by on August 9, 2013

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Editorial: Secret service

The first meeting of the Central Committee after the summer recess certainly did not mark a bright and new beginning. On the contrary, the arguments brought forth by the opposition sounded old and did not make a lot of sense. It was more about emotio

Editorial - Posted by on August 8, 2013

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Editorial: Deadwood

The government has put a stop on hiring new personnel. That sounds like a wise move, even though there will of course always be critical vacancies that must be filled. But for now, with the financial quandary the country has maneuvered itself into

Editorial - Posted by on August 7, 2013

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Editorial: Under the microscope

Are the high tariffs local subscribers pay for mobile communication justified? On the face of it, we notice inexplicable differences between countries like the Netherlands and Lithuania, Romania and Latvia. It is impossible for telecommunication volu

Editorial - Posted by on August 6, 2013

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Editorial: Openness

With the return of Gracita Arrindell as the President of Parliament, a new phase of openness seems to have arrived. The glass partition of the hall where parliamentarians meet has been stripped of its gray tint, making it possible again for the publi

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