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Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 20, 2016

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Killing the murderer of tourist. Was justice served?

St. Maarten News - By Milton G Pieters —All lives matters is one of the mantras being widely discussed in the United States now in light of the current racial tension. That question could also be applied to the murder suspect in the Wendy Montulet

Opinion - Posted by on June 21, 2016

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Opinion by Miguel Arrindell: Obedience

Dear editor, Obedience is one of the most difficult challenges in life. For all humans obedience determines their success and quality of life if they choose to do what is right. I myself was very ignorant to this fact until I realize that if I was

Opinion - Posted by on June 21, 2016

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Taxing soft drinks

Though our government may not be shooting for higher taxes, as Finance Minister Richard Gibson said on Friday during the tax summit at the Westin, there may be one levy that makes sense: a tax on soft drinks that contain sugar or artificial sweetener

Opinion - Posted by on May 6, 2016

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Opinion: A better outcome

At this moment we are not able to get into the finer points of the court ruling that put the life sentence against Ridge Damisse, the rapper who fatally shot Police Officer Gamali Benjamin on August 5 of last year because the judge took her rulings w

Opinion - Posted by on May 6, 2016

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Opinion: Fantasy holidays

With the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association, we do wonder about that last minute decision by the Council of Ministers to ditch the national holiday of Saturday, April 30 and to make Tuesday May 3 a national holiday instead. What surpris

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 20, 2016

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Silent witnesses

Evelien Aangeenbrug did some interesting detective work for her study Master of Criminal Investigation – and the results are an eye opener. The researcher examined together with a detective from The Hague 48 murder cases the police initially did

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2016

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Opinion: Moody’s downgrading of St. Maarten to BAA2

Is this the result of complacency? Moody’s looming downgrading of St. Maarten’s credit rating to BAA2 seems to suggest this. And mind you, this is serious stuff that is going to cost us dearly unless the government takes decisive action. It is

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2016

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Opinion: High Drama (Unpaid study financing)

In euros the amount sounds still not all that shocking (€25 million), but in guilders it becomes very clear that our students are not all that faithful when it comes to paying back their study financing to the Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (Duo) in t

Opinion - Posted by on April 8, 2016

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Opinion: Let common sense prevail (destroying local businesses)

Dear editor, The buzz words in the streets today is that the NA-led government is following in the footsteps of the previous UP-led government. This time around they are doing everything within their power to destroy one of the last business fabrics

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 2, 2016

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Rumors (to have Ted Richardson as new Airport Director)

Elton Jones was the first one to bring it up and UP faction leader Franklin Meyers repeated it in parliament yesterday: Ted Richardson, the former minister of tourism, economic affairs, transport and telecommunication could become the successor of ou

Opinion - Posted by on February 23, 2016

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Opinion: Claret Connor writes: Keep it simple

Dear Editor, After reading the editorial in one of the local newspaper over the weekend regarding the ongoing outstanding to organizers of two of the largest annual events on the island (the regatta and carnival – ed.), leaves me with the conclu

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 22, 2016

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Opinion: Politician tears of the crocodile variety

To see former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte close to tears at the end of his trial in Curacao seems completely out of character. But there it is: even the outwardly toughest nut will crack sooner or later. Schotte’s tears are of course of the cr

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 19, 2016

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Armand Meda writes: Running Sewage and mosquitoes

Dear Editor, You've got to give honor to whom honor is due. The Honorable Minister Emil Lee stepped out from the comfort zones of his air conditioned office and upscale neighborhoods and visited one of the homes in Middle Region that has been expe

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2016

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Fernando Clark writes: Class justice, class criticism

During a court case back in 2014 a judge accused a prosecutor of practicing class justice on St. Maarten. Many people were surprised that a Dutch judge would make such an accusation on this island. But, it is a subject worth pondering: Are we practic

Opinion - Posted by on December 1, 2015

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The terror attacks in Paris have had a Pavlov-effect on politicians

The terror attacks in Paris have had a Pavlov-effect on politicians. Never before was the call for closing the borders so loud. Never before did so few people think that closing the borders is a practical impossibility. People who want to get in, wil

Opinion - Posted by on November 26, 2015

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Weighing the votes

Dear Editor, I can agree with your correspondent of November 10 (“On political stability”) that the instabilities in Sint Maarten’s government since 2010 may be due to the uncritical adoption of a political system from The Netherlands. Howev

Opinion - Posted by on November 24, 2015

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France is crying

Monsieur le rédacteur, Le Comité de Direction de l’Office de Tourisme de Saint-Martin, le personnel et moi-même tenons à adresser nos sincères condoléances aux familles et aux amis des victimes des attaques meurtrières du vendredi 13 novemb

Opinion - Posted by on November 10, 2015

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Luckiest man in the world

Dear Editor, Wednesday we celebrate St Maarten's Day and although you might not think so, we have lots to celebrate and be proud of. We live on a beautiful Island full of beautiful people, we have magnificent nature, our ponds are full of birds, o

Opinion - Posted by on November 10, 2015

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Jason Lista writes: On political stability

Dear Editor, Regardless of your politics, I think most people on Sint Maarten can agree that our political system is flawed and inherently unstable. And why wouldn’t it be? It was adopted uncritically from The Netherlands by our leaders prior to

Opinion - Posted by on November 5, 2015

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Integrity

Dear Editor, I have taken note of yesterday’s article regarding the ad hoc committee for integrity of parliament.  The Chair and Vice Chair of the integrity committee were appointed in a February 11, 2015 meeting. The integrity committee met

Opinion - Posted by on November 5, 2015

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Scared but not leaving

Dear Editor, I am scared to death and a great number of people in St. Maarten with me also. We are afraid of our Prime Minister, the not so honorable Mr. Marcel Gumbs and of the VDSM (the Secret Service of Sint Maarten). Miss Regina Labega app

Opinion - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Conflicting situation

The Electoral Council has interposed in the current political turmoil, without prior consent with the governor, for the main reason that the governor up until this date has not signed the decree to dissolve parliament. I believe that all parties -

Opinion - Posted by on October 28, 2015

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Opinion: Would it help? (MP’s cost the tax payers for every half hour they waste)

From a press statement by the president of parliament, MP Sarah Wescot-Williams we learn that the current financial compensation for a parliamentarian is 120 guilders per hour. Assuming a 40-hour workweek and 52 weeks in a year, this puts the weekly

Opinion - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Drs. Leopold James writes: Milestone

Dear Editor, Short and sweet. Our congratulations, admiration and sincere thank you go out to all the stakeholders who made Thursday’s, October 22, 2015 people’s massive protest against the PLU a historical and significant achievement. T

Opinion - Posted by on October 26, 2015

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Ominous message about the St. Maarten Budget

There was an ominous message in the address of Finance Minister Martin Hassink on Wednesday and one cannot say that it was hidden. He spoke about tremendous challenges with the 2016 budget (what else is new?) and of the need for serious measures to i

Opinion - Posted by on October 23, 2015

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Chamber of Commerce writes: Undocumented persons: illegal is illegal (or is it?)

Proudly we take note of the news reports that the Immigration Department of St. Maarten conducted successful raids, rounding up undocumented persons for a one-way trip back to their home country. With the Immigration officers many people remark how t

Opinion - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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Opinion: MP Frans Richardson statement sounds like a broken record

As Minister of Justice, Dennis Richardson is obviously responsible for everything that falls under his portfolio. The call earlier this week by MP Frans Richardson for his resignation came as no surprise and sounded as hollow as it is. The MP seem

Opinion - Posted by on October 22, 2015

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Opinion: Unique specificity

Dear Editor, Let it hereby be officially recorded, that the St. Martin Grassroots People Movement fully endorses the initiative to have the so-called PLU (The Plan Local d’Urbanisme – ‘Zoning Plan) completely- and immediately suspended until

Opinion - Posted by on October 19, 2015

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Opinion: Looking the other way

How are we dealing with Muslims, Christians, Jews and homosexuals in a multicultural society like the Netherlands where there are big differences between all these groups? The same question could be asked for St. Maarten with its fractured population

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Michael J. Ferrier writes: 8 is more than 7

Dear Editor, I read the Prime Ministers opinion about the political turmoil and would like to comment. In 2013 the UP wanted to come into government and (rightfully so) proclaimed 8 parliamentary seats to be more than 7. The battle between prop

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Silveria Jacobs writes: Why are we stalling?

Dear Editor, The Constitution of St. Maarten states that if a Minister(s) received a motion of no confidence he/she/they must make his/her/their position available to the Governor in order for the process to continue with the formation of a new go

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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John Kerry writes: A joyful Constitution Day

Dear editor, On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Sint Maarten on your Constitution Day.  Today you will gather with family and friends and reflect on your nation’s past and hopes for

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Opinion: Eyes on the ball

While the political situation deteriorated further yesterday morning with a rather distasteful display of rule-bending, we would like to keep our eyes on the ball and look towards to Cabinet of Governor Holiday. It is in general not done to drag o

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Religion and science

What is the difference between religion and science? That question came up in a column by Bert Keizer in Trouw and Ger Groot reacted to it. Keizer wrote that we do not consider religion as a physical reality. But people have been doing this for a ver

Opinion - Posted by on October 15, 2015

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Opinion: SXM lift your head

Dear SXM, Today is a day to make history. We as a nation of people, made up of people from all over the world, which makes us very unique. We are Caribbean by nature, so today we stand at the cross road with only one hope and that hope is to step

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