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Opinion - Posted by on July 22, 2015

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Opinion: Outside the box

We appreciate MP Maurice Lake’s elucidation on his call for more incentives for local professionals, but it has done little to change our point of view. The bottom line is that an incentive is something you give away in exchange for a service. L

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Opinion: Poor girl

  Marriage is the chief cause of divorce. And: I never forget a face but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception. These are two examples of sarcastic satire, and both statements are almost as old as the road to Rome – Groucho Marx

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Opinion: Full marriage rights

Dear Editor, The LGBTI (sexually diverse) organizations Alfa (Alternative Life-style Foundation Aruba), Foko (Curaçao Pride Foundation) and Safe (St. Maarten/St. Martin Alliance for Equality), jointly declare that the only acceptable end result o

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 21, 2015

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Opinion: Dementia patients

Dear Editor, I would like to commend Mr. Jessurun for his efforts in putting St. Maarten elderly on the international stage. His article relates to his participation at the, open ended working group (OEWG) on ageing conference in New York. Mr. Jes

Opinion - Posted by on July 12, 2015

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Dutch MP Van Raak’s apples and oranges

Ronald van Raak did it again. In a column on The Post Online he devotes a column to the arrest and subsequent release of internet blogger Judith Roumou. Without thinking twice, Van Raak joins the Free Roumou chorus, comparing apples and oranges for e

Opinion - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Opinion: ‘People want leadership’ by MP George Pantophlet

Member of Parliament George Pantophlet says that the people of St. Maarten don’t need more politicians, the people want leadership. The customary political grandstanding and spin moves that is being used to sidetrack mislead or confuse the people h

Opinion - Posted by on May 11, 2015

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Opinion: Missing in Action by Todd Peterson

Dear editor, It appears to me that the Prime Minister Marcel GUMBS and the political leader Theodore HEYLIGER of this country are missing in action. Their lack of transparency in sharing whatever vision that they may have for this country is blind

Opinion - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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If you want to destroy your church follow Liberals advice

By David French This past weekend, noted progressive-Christian writer Rachel Held Evans published a widely shared and widely read piece in the Washington Post decrying the Evangelical church’s shallow attempts to appeal to Millennials by trying

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on May 7, 2015

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Mindful moments on living happy and up

Mindful living has to do with present moment awareness. However, if one is not here, it becomes difficult to know that one isn’t here. One of our greatest character flaws is stemmed from the fact that we are mindless. One-tracked and tunnel visione

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 16, 2015

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Is happiness a watch called Apple?

The Apple Watch promises to make users’ lives better in a number of ways, from helping them stay on schedule to tracking their physical activity. But early reviews of the product suggest another possible improvement: It might get us to quit staring

Opinion - Posted by on April 16, 2015

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Not so social media

You don’t have to be a celebrity a la Rihanna to become the target of social media users (other labels than user come to mind here, but for starters, we’ll keep it polite). If you live in a small community like, say, Sint Maarten, and the top of

Opinion - Posted by on April 10, 2015

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Opinion: Easter holiday closure

Dear Mr. Berkel, I hereby request clarification concerning the following subject matter. For the past years (and as long as I can remember), it was generally accepted that businesses would be closed on Good Friday, however they would be allowed

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 10, 2015

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Paying for prison time

Nothing is free and cash-strapped governments are becoming increasingly aware of this. They find all kinds of ways to squeeze money out of their citizens. A recent example from the Netherlands is the plan to let prisoners pay for their stay. The Rutt

Opinion - Posted by on April 1, 2015

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The pleasure of learning and the need for enthralling teachers. That is the core of an op-ed prof. dr. Jan Derksen, a Dutch clinical psychologist, published in the Volkskrant on Saturday. We immediately had to think about that teacher in Belvedere th

Opinion - Posted by on April 1, 2015

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Humiliation

Municipal councils are becoming creative when it comes to work participation and using methods such as humiliation to make people find jobs, economist Marcel Canoy, a lecturer at the Erasmus School of accounting and assurance wrotes in an op-ed in th

Opinion - Posted by on April 1, 2015

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The robots are coming

Robotization is not as bad as it is made out to be, Mathijs Bouman macro economist writes in an op-ed on dutchnews.nl. Is this far from our Caribbean beds? Or will robots make their impact felt here as well? Read what Bouman has to say about this mat

Opinion - Posted by on March 30, 2015

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Opinion: Dollarization

The council of advice organizes a seminar about dollarization tonight at the university on Pond Island. It is an issue that comes and goes. Discussions about dollarization go back years and the opinions about the pros and cons are divided. One thing

Opinion - Posted by on March 30, 2015

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Opinion: Heart-wrenching

The verdict in the Dest-case that came down yesterday triggers the question whether it was all worth it. The defendant was the marketing manager of the Tourist Bureau and he was the one who pushed for the completion of the investigation against him.

Opinion - Posted by on March 30, 2015

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Teach our kids the value of hard work

Yesteryear it was common to see young people being given tasks by their parents, grandparents and other older members of the society. Many of these same children have grown up today to be business owners, executives, teachers, lawyers and the like. A

Opinion - Posted by on March 30, 2015

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Opinion: What Next?

By Jacob Gelt Dekker, opinion columnist for Curaçao Chronicle. The big question on everyone’s mind is, what will fill the void that was left behind after the collapse of socialism? Will the world witness a new central theme of religion or polit

Opinion - Posted by on March 19, 2015

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Divine unfreedom

Je suis encore Charlie, but the opinions about freedom of expression are not shared by everyone. Take for instance the Peace Church in Nijkerk – a city comparable with Sint Maarten in population (40,618 in May of last year) – located in the Dutch

Opinion - Posted by on March 19, 2015

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The Church of TED

CHANCES are you will not attend TED this year. Tickets to the gathering that begins today in Vancouver are sold out, this despite or rather because of the fact that gaining entry to the ideas conference entails more than pulling out your credit card

Opinion - Posted by on March 16, 2015

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Opinion: Be part of SXM DOET

Dear Editor: I am sure that everyone on the island has been hearing about SXM DOET. This is the first time St. Maarten has joined in this kingdom wide event. It’s two days of active volunteerism to be held on March 20 and 21. I would  like t

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 16, 2015

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Mindful moments on addiction

When one acquires a certain amount of concentration from practicing mindfulness, one notices that how often the mind springs from thought to thought. It is estimated that a person may have up to 60.000 thoughts a day. The mindful mind watches the tho

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 16, 2015

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Opinion: One-way ticket

So this is how things work in Dutch politics: a minister (Ivo Opstelten) gives the parliament incorrect information and after some toing and froing he steps down. His State Secretary Fred Teeven, who was up to his eyeballs in the deal about which Ops

Opinion - Posted by on March 12, 2015

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Opinion: Backroom deals

Backroom politics seems to be back in town. We are witnessing more closed-door parliamentary committee meetings in half a month these days than we have seen during the first four years of the parliament’s existence. First a meeting about surveil

Opinion - Posted by on March 12, 2015

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Opinion by Dr. Jay B. Haviser: Defending Fort Amsterdam

As the basis of my commentary here, I remind the reader that one of the most iconic cultural sites of St. Maarten, Fort Amsterdam, was sold to a private sector entity in the 1960s. Even with our legal Monument List status designation, and restricted

Opinion - Posted by on March 12, 2015

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Opinion by Elton Jones: The farce of parity

By now everybody the world over who wished to listen or pay attention to the accusations coming out of Holland would have heard how the people in the islands are not trustworthy or capable of deciding for them what’s good for them. A repetitive lin

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

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Unpaid advice for my wife and Mark Mingo

The reader will of course wonder what my wife and Mark Mingo have in common. Well, first of all I love them both. Mark was an amiable student of mine in Milton Peters. Another thing my wife and Mark have in common is that they both spend my money. Ma

Opinion - Posted by on March 6, 2015

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Opinion: A drug free life

In the fall of 2014 author Diana Spechler decided to quit the prescription medications she has been taking to treat her anxiety, depression and insomnia, and began the process of gradually reducing her dosages. In Going Off, a series of Anxiety post

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

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Opinion: Due diligence

Maybe it’s just us, but we cannot help wondering why Members of Parliament sometimes are asking the questions they are asking. Two examples are included in stories we publish today: the one about the tax-deal with the former owners of the American

Opinion - Posted by on March 4, 2015

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Reader’s Opinion: Advice (retrieving info on Govt owned companies)

Over the past months, we have witnessed the first elected parliament of Country St. Maarten attempt to get information from government-NVs to better enable them to inform the population on the goings on in these institutions. We witnessed the charade

Opinion - Posted by on March 4, 2015

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Opinion: Social unrest

During the call in talk show on Sunday morning February 8, 2015 hosted by The Voice of St. Maarten and moderated by Lloyd Richardson. Lloyd’s guest was the Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson, who hinted at social unrest in the making if the Dutc

Opinion - Posted by on March 2, 2015

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Opinion: More lessons in integrity

Least said, soonest mended. Detective-writer Agatha Christie often used that phrase in her books. Characters in her mysteries more often than not kept their traps shut rather than doing the obvious: go to the police and tell what they know, or tellin

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

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Opinion: New School

It is always interesting to pick up an outsider’s view on education. St. Maarten has its share of troubles with the school system and there seems to be a lack of fresh ideas, while the fresh ideas that are out there encounter resistance from the ed

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