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Opinion - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Opinion by Sjaoel “Shooz” Richardson: Our Nobel Peace Prize winner

The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize went to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet and it is well deserved. They are a key player in bringing democracy to Tunisia. However, we want to shine the light on a man who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize n

Opinion - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Opinion by Elton Jones: Over-privileged

As we open a new week we remain bogged down by the unfinished business of should they stay or should they go. Parliament and the executive find themselves at loggerheads and only now like during elections recognize the importance of the people they s

Opinion - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Opinion by Dave Levenstone: Working committee

Dear Mr. Editor, Please allow me to bring forward the following suggestion with the hope that it will be considered. Now that the Evaluation Report is out and official and also public notice I would like to suggest to the Honorable Island Council

Opinion - Posted by on October 13, 2015

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Opinion: Tough on immigration

The Immigration and Border Protection Service (IBP) has announced tough action against immigration violations. There is no argument about the idea that a country ought to protect its borders, but there is always a gray area somewhere that is going to

Opinion - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Tribute to Mr. Kenneth Blijden

As President of the Windward Islands Chamber of Labor Unions (Wiclu) and President of the Windward Islands Teachers Union I would like to pay tribute to a great labor activist, an advocate for social justice within the work place, a strong and dedica

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Recolonization

High emotions filled 10-10-10-autonomy expectations. “Freedom at last, delivered from slavery, liberation from colonial oppression.” Political leader Helmin Wiels —as Moses, divinely anointed—” was leading his People to the Promised Land.

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Opinion: All hands on deck

While the political showdown plays out between the Council of Ministers and the parliamentary majority in the House of Parliament of Sint Maarten, this week the international community of nations were greeted with the news that 2015 will see lower gr

Opinion - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Opinion: Speaking time

In meetings of our Central Committee of Parliament MPs usually get 20 minutes in the first round and 10 minutes in the second round. It happens that MPs find this time to short and then they pump it up to, say, 30 minutes in the first round and 20 in

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 9, 2015

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Opinion: Unique situation

National Alliance leader William Marlin made it a point yesterday to refute the Dutch constitutional experts that are currently in high demand by a government that has lost the confidence of the parliament and that has fought Dutch influence on the i

Opinion - Posted by on October 7, 2015

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St. Maarten Constitutional Mess: a Gloomy mood

How will we ever get out of this constitutional mess? The governor has given the green light to the new coalition and the incumbent cabinet is not prepared to give up its position. Here is a possible outcome: article 21 in the regulation for the g

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 6, 2015

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End gun violence

End gun violence

Tragically, outrageously, editorials decrying gun violence in our country have become a regular feature in US newspapers, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote this week in a plea that fits St. Maarten too even though so far the island  has been spared

Opinion - Posted by on October 6, 2015

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Opinion: Predictable mantra

In what has become a predictable mantra, Socialist Party MP Ronald van Raak uses the occasion of the approaching five-year existence of the autonomous countries St. Maarten and Curacao to vent his opinions about criminality and corruption on the isla

Opinion - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Opinion: Quality of life

Dear Editor, We are often boasting about our economy and being a leader in the region when it comes to our cruise industry, our cargo distribution facilities and being a hub for travelers by air. There is the ever ongoing search for investors on o

Opinion - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Michael Ferrier writes: Stop the insanity

Five governments in five years - that is Country St. Maarten's claim to fame, and all because we keep trying to work an electoral system that does not and will not function. As long as there are politicians who enter the political arena, who do not m

Opinion - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Opinion: What a country

In the last two weeks we have had quite some notable events that involved our representatives. As we all heard there was a call for independence from the floor of parliament. There was also a parading of the four prime ministers of the Kingdom only G

Opinion - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Reader’s Opinion: When donkey sees jackass

Dear Editor, This article is about general knowledge and common sense. If a person shoots another person the first thing we hear is we need better gun laws. They blame the gun. Let us use common sense, if more laws will make people adhere to them

Opinion - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Opinion: Corporate elite

“You often hear inequality has widened because globalization and technological change have made most people less competitive while making the best-educated more competitive,” Robert Reich, a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley writes in an

Opinion - Posted by on October 5, 2015

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Opinion: Self-imposed curse

Cabalistic oracles and haruspicy are needed to decipher the 10-10-10/10-10-15 episode on the island of Curacao, Jacob Gelt Dekker writes in his column on curacochronicle.com. “In 2010, political fortune-tellers peeped into futurity before the magic

Opinion - Posted by on October 2, 2015

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Opinion: The psychology of looks

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This old wisdom appears to be correct, Margreet Vermeulen writes in the Volkskrant. What we find a beautiful and attractive face is for a large part very personal and not just a matter of universal characteristic

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on October 2, 2015

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Opinion: “Self above country” 101

Who said politics is boring? The conspirators in parliament had their first laugh on Wednesday when they lured all MPs to the House of Representatives with an irresistible agenda point – the remarks made by Attorney-General Guus Schram about the ti

Opinion - Posted by on October 2, 2015

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Opinion: Gebe and its load shedding

Opinion: Gebe and its load shedding

The word load-shedding has an almost apologetic quality. We do not doubt that it is the technically correct term for whatever our utilities company is up to, but consumers at home have another word for it. Power cut. Power cuts are a nuisance to a

Opinion - Posted by on September 2, 2015

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Timeshare disaster 

We celebrate the legal victory of the handful of timeshare tourists who were willing to organize against a well-funded and larger opponent, put up their own money, and fight for their rights to keep their timeshare weeks as purchased, but what we don

Opinion - Posted by on August 28, 2015

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Opinion: An expensive week

This has not been a good week for St. Maarten. On the other hand, it has been a very good week. It has also been a rather expensive week. First the threat of Hurricane Danny was coming at us, but it dissipated before it reached our shores. Right o

Opinion - Posted by on August 14, 2015

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The Council of Ministers: Tough talk

The Council of Ministers showed its teeth yesterday during its first press briefing since taking office on December 19 of last year. The gloves were off, and one minister after the other came out swinging with firm statements, some directed at that f

Editorial, Opinion - Posted by on August 12, 2015

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Editorial: No easy way out

The inevitable death of Sergeant Gamali Benjamin has made a bad situation worse – if that is possible at all. The arrested shooter is now looking at manslaughter charges; if found guilty, Pointe Blanche will become his home for a very long time.

Opinion - Posted by on August 12, 2015

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Responsive tourism marketing

Much like when you are using a smartphone or tablet and you turn the screen upside down and the display automatically flips so that it is the right side up again, the same way St. Maarten's tourism marketing strategies need to be responsive. The minu

Opinion - Posted by on August 12, 2015

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The economy of shaving

For decades I followed the lead of Gillette where shaving is concerned – the best a man can get. The razor blade industry has steadily innovated its products – in particular the razor blade – and in doing so, it has made shaving a rather expens

Editorial, Opinion - Posted by on August 12, 2015

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Fruition

The outpouring of support for Officer Gamali Benjamin shows how a community is able to come together during its most distressing moments. Yes, one could argue that more people should have been there, but the procession that marched through town ye

Editorial, Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 12, 2015

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Crocodile tears

The outpouring of sympathy and support for police officer Gamali Benjamin has a dark side and it has nothing to do with the officer who so bravely did his job. It has to do with our community and with the way we tend to react to calamities and immine

Editorial, Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Insane aspects to our retirement system

There are many insane aspects to our retirement system but the cessantia-system beats it all. Without an obligatory retirement age, employers would have to fire employees if they do not retire voluntarily. If employers do that, the cessantia-payme

Opinion - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Opinion: Wasteland

There is a big wasteland between the right to be forgotten and the option to ignore all kinds of crap that brainless bloggers post on the internet. The targets of these assaults usually have better things to do than chasing bloggers in court – most

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Media assessment

The integrity assessment from Transparency International sent my eyebrows skyward when I read the chapter about the local media. I certainly did not recognize Today and what our newspaper stands for in the picture the report presents. Reason for me t

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 6, 2015

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Opinion: News News

We don’t want to waste too much time on gossip sites like ‘SMN News’ as the site refers to itself, apparently unaware that SMN stands for St. Maarten News and that SMN News therefore stands for St. Maarten News News. But when a site like thi

Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Kick ’em Jenny

Somethings’ brewing under the surface of the ocean and even though it is not happening in our back yard, it is close enough to pay attention. Kick ‘em Jenny, the submarine volcano eight kilometers north of Barbados is a lumbering threat to the

Opinion - Posted by on July 22, 2015

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Opinion: Better incentives

  Dear Editor, Today’s editorial of Monday, July 20 missed the point that I was making for calling on government for a better plan to lure professionals back home. The editor’s opinion is respected, but he made my point much clear

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