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Editorial - Posted by on July 18, 2013

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Editorial: Unfortunate

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams used the word unfortunate several times to describe her opinion about statements independent MP Frans Richardson made about the investigation into irregularities at the National Security Service. The MP spoke of a br

Editorial - Posted by on July 17, 2013

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Editorial: Apology

Yesterday we published a picture on our front page with the story about the imminent criminal investigation against former Minister Maria Buncamper-Molanus and her husband Claudius. We realize that using the picture in this context was a serious e

Editorial - Posted by on July 16, 2013

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Editorial: Interesting challenge

There is a significant queue of draft ordinances waiting for approval at the parliament. It is a sad testimony to the lackluster performance of the fifteen MPs that are supposed to represent the interest of the people that elected them. Why all th

Editorial - Posted by on July 15, 2013

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Editorial: Youth detention

The concept of a youth detention facility that Justice Minister Dennis Richardson envisions sounds like the plan St. Maarten has been waiting for. The minister's approach could create a temporary solution in the mid-term and afterwards create addi

Editorial - Posted by on July 15, 2013

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Editorial: Two yardsticks

Kingdom Relations Minister Plasterk seems to have to yardsticks: one for St. Maarten and Curacao, and one for the Dutch public entities Bonaire, Saba and Statia. While Bonaire is engaged in a political controversy that makes St. Maarten look like

Editorial - Posted by on July 12, 2013

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Editorial: Justice

Not all court cases end badly for defendants, even though most trials have something in common: something bad happened. That our justice system is fair appeared once again yesterday from court rulings from the Common Court of Justice. In one ca

Editorial - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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Editorial: Too hot to handle

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams declined yesterday to divulge any details about the investigation into irregularities at the National Security Service VDSM. Up to a point that is understandable: this is an extremely sensitive matter that touches the h

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2013

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Editorial: Tax compliance

Finance Minister Maarten Hassink must put the fear of God in the (estimated) 65 percent of the population that does not pay taxes the way it should. Tax compliance is, as the minister said drily, his favorite subject. It is, of course, about time, so

Editorial - Posted by on July 9, 2013

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Editorial: Prisoners’ rights

Spending time in the Pointe Blanche prison as a non-paying customer is no walk in the park, but we learn now from a report by the Human Rights Board in the Netherlands that spending time at the prison in Bonaire is no pleasure cruise either. St. M

Editorial - Posted by on July 8, 2013

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Editorial: Active Hurricane Season

Forecasters predict an extremely active hurricane season. For the Caribbean the storm season will be 45 percent stronger than the average over the past century. There is one thing forecasters are not able to predict and that is where these major sto

Editorial - Posted by on July 8, 2013

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Editorial: Resources

Kingdom Relations Minister Plasterk has noted that the National Detective Agency in Curacao has completely insufficient resources to perform its tasks. Based on results, the same is true for its sister organization in St. Maarten. Investigations t

Editorial - Posted by on July 5, 2013

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Editorial: Through the wallet

As long as there is money to be made in the drugs business ugly crimes like the murder on French Quarter resident Gaston Gumbs will continue to happen. There is a way to tackle this issue from a different angle though: through the wallet. How ofte

Editorial - Posted by on July 4, 2013

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Editorial: Farming

Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake has thrown his support behind the development of agriculture, animal husbandry and fishery. It makes of course sense: growing your own food is one way of self-support that has been neglected in St. Maarten for too long.

Editorial - Posted by on July 3, 2013

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Editorial: Cockfights

No there was no blood in the courtroom yesterday, but the Ombudsman took the opportunity to describe in graphic detail the cruelty that accompanies cockfights. The state brought a counter-argument: eating meat is also cruel to animals. We could not f

Editorial - Posted by on July 2, 2013

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Editorial: Reform

Julian Romney’s proposal for electoral reform looks interesting at first glance, but a deeper analysis shows quickly that it does not change anything. The d’Hondt formula for the distribution of seats returns the same results as the system that w

Editorial - Posted by on June 27, 2013

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Editorial: Swift justice

Justice as soon as possible. That sounds like a good concept especially for youngsters that have committed a crime. The question is of course what this will look like in practice. It is all fine and dandy to drag youngsters as soon as possible aft

Editorial - Posted by on June 24, 2013

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Editorial: Think tanks

Our young country has no shortage of advisory bodies – from the Social Economic Council and the Council of Advice, to the General Audit Chamber, the Corporate Governance Council and the Ombudsman. There is also the SHTA (hospitality) the SMMTA (mar

Editorial - Posted by on June 21, 2013

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Editorial: Tango

It takes two to tango. That is a loud and clear conclusion from the addresses about good governance and corruption at the SHTA meeting yesterday. Governments cannot be corrupt without counterparts in the private sector that are prepared to pay bribes

Editorial - Posted by on June 20, 2013

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Editorial: Disgrace (honoring Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowships)

Yesterday's editorial about the Rotary Club's standards for naming citizens Paul Harris Fellow lacked clarity about our opinion. We wrote that, according to Rotary, candidates must meet high professional and personal standards. Our point was - and is

Editorial - Posted by on June 19, 2013

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Editorial: Standards

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten named three outstanding members of the community as Paul Harris Fellows. To qualify for this honor, candidates must meet the high professional and high personal standards of Rotary – at least, that’s what the clu

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 18, 2013

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Editorial: Marechaussee

The evaluation report about the deployment of the Marechaussee in St. Maarten brings a few things to light that are reasons for concern. First of all some of these Dutch military police officers apparently have come across what the report euphemis

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on June 17, 2013

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Editorial: Same dog, different hat

That there was something amiss with Taxand Curacao and the deal it got from former Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto back in 2011 is no secret. But that the situation at the company got so out of hand that the court allowed the appointment of an extern

Editorial - Posted by on June 14, 2013

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Editorial: Unsavory

This afternoon six ministers will be sworn in as members of the cabinet Wescot-Williams III. This will drag politics out of the deadlock it has experienced since Romain Laville and the DP withdrew their support for the previous government on May 5.

Editorial - Posted by on June 13, 2013

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Editorial: Crying shame

That a sorely needed institution like Safe Haven has to send clients away because funding has dried up is a crying shame. Domestic abuse is a serious issue that needs serious attention and organizations that serve to help abuse-victims are entitle

Editorial - Posted by on June 12, 2013

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Editorial: Formation

Governor Holiday granted formateur Wescot-Williams an additional three days on /Sunday, so by tomorrow we should know what is what on the road to the third government in 32 months since St. Maarten became an autonomous country. All eyes are obviou

Editorial - Posted by on June 10, 2013

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Editorial: Standards

Is our Kingdom using different standards for different countries? That is definitively the impression we got when we read that Aruba aims to bring its budget deficit down to the European standard of 3 percent next year. Not everybody believes that th

Editorial - Posted by on April 26, 2013

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Editorial: Royal reception

The Kingdom is on the eve of a historic moment: the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. While this does not seem to excite our island-population it is good to remember that the royal family has functioned throughout the past 200 years as a stabili

Editorial - Posted by on March 22, 2013

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Editorial: SXM Confidential

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams is of course right when she states that the vetting information ministers submitted to her after their appointment in 2010, is confidential. We knew that. But the controversy surrounding our justice minister shows ho

Editorial - Posted by on March 21, 2013

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Editorial: SXM Confidential

Prime Minister Wescot-Williams is of course right when she states that the vetting information ministers submitted to her after their appointment in 2010, is confidential. We knew that. But the controversy surrounding our justice minister shows ho

Editorial - Posted by on March 20, 2013

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Editorial: Silence

We agree with the idea that the investigation into the Bada Bing bribery scandal must run its course. There is no point getting in the way of investigators who have to work their way probably through a ton of material before they are able to come up

Editorial - Posted by on March 19, 2013

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Editorial: Stepping aside

The United People’s party faction stated in a press conference yesterday afternoon the obvious: independent MP Patrick Illidge and Justice Minister Roland Duncan should step aside until the investigation into the Bada Bing bribery scandal provides

Editorial - Posted by on March 19, 2013

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Editorial: Hangover

The country is still coming to terms with the reports that stem from the Bada Bing bribery tape. In the meantime, this newspaper has outlined the details of the ugly fight between Justice Minister Duncan’s Hypnotic and the license-holder of the Sea

Editorial - Posted by on March 12, 2013

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Editorial: Nagging questions (Bada Bing bribery scandal)

Daily Herald reporter Mike Granger denied yesterday that he received the Bada Bing-tape from UP-leader Theo Heyliger. That leaves the party-leader to answer the nagging questions. Did he ask Van den Heuvel to set up Patrick Illidge in an attempt to b

Editorial - Posted by on March 11, 2013

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Editorial: New angle (In the Bada Bing Bribery Scandal)

MP Patrick Illidge said upon his return yesterday that there are dark days ahead for St. Maarten. The interview on our front page with Bada Bing-owner Jaap van den Heuvel makes that prophecy a reality: it is the confession of a businessman who got ca

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 11, 2013

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Editorial: Sensationalism (Bada Bing bribery scandal)

One would expect that Prime Minister Wescot-Williams would seize the opportunity to take a stand for integrity in the wake of the Bada Bing bribery scandal. But no: a statement the PM’s cabinet issued this weekend focused on the inner workings of

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