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Opinion - Posted by on September 6, 2012

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Opinion: Horrible

It is rather tricky to classify crimes, say, on a scale from 1 to 10 whereby 10 represents the worst possible crime. Most people would put murder in the highest category. But where to rank all those other law-breaking activities like rape, incest, bu

Opinion - Posted by on September 5, 2012

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Opinion: Sturm und drang

If there is something we really dislike it is when somebody says something like “These things happen.” This was about all the reaction we managed to obtain about the decision by at least three members of the supervisory board of the Harbor Group

Opinion - Posted by on September 5, 2012

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Opinion: The trouble with psychiatry

It’s of course a comforting thought that there are psychiatrists in this world to help people cope with their disorders. But psychiatrist Bram Bakker, never shy to vent his opinion wrote in his column in the Volkskrant that psychiatric diagnoses ar

Opinion - Posted by on September 3, 2012

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Opinion: The defense of Roberts and Richards

How do you defend someone who has been accused of truly horrible crimes? That task befell two attorneys last week when Curtley Allison Richards and Sherwan Roberts stood in front of their judges in the Common Court of Justice to appeal their life sen

Opinion - Posted by on August 30, 2012

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Opinion: Slippery slope

The Public Health Ministry is on a slippery slope with the desire it expressed to have a member on the supervisory board of the St. Maarten Medical Center so that it is able to oversee and participate in decision making. The rules under which the su

Opinion - Posted by on August 30, 2012

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Opinion: Think attorney

There was an interesting discussion in the courtroom yesterday morning that touches on the rights of citizens that get on the wrong side of the law – and those who are expected by law enforcement of hanging out there. The case involves a man who w

Opinion - Posted by on August 30, 2012

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Opinion: Search party

Some things are so scary that they become funny. Take this story from Iceland where a group of tourists spend hours looking for a missing companion. The group was touring the country and had stopped in the vicinity of a volcanic area. One woman disa

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Opinion: Eric Yuan Sam

It took some time but now it seems that justice will be done for Eric Yuan Sam, the supermarket manager who was murdered on December 30, 2009 in Dutch Quarter. With Akeem Daniel, a young man who was recently sentenced to 9 years for being an accompli

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Opinion: Extremely gross

Kees van der Staaij the leader of the orthodox religious party SGP earned himself a body guard after his remarks that women hardly ever get pregnant after they’ve been raped. Well, we don’t know why anybody would still want to be the body guard

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Opinion: Not words but actions

Rotterdam is the city of hardworking people in the Netherlands, whereas Amsterdam is full of artists and wannabes. Okay, not everybody will agree with that last observation but that is not the point. Rotterdam has a professional soccer club called Fe

Opinion - Posted by on August 29, 2012

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Reader’s Letter: The rising tide of fascism

I have often called our government socialist. However, they are now beyond socialist, they are "fascist." The fundamentals of socialism are government ownership of businesses, control of the market, labour and production. Everyone is aware of monop

Opinion - Posted by on August 28, 2012

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Opinion: Culturally defined cooling

The blackouts that left hundreds of millions of Indians sweltering in the dark last month underscored the status of air-conditioning as one of the world’s most vexing environmental quandaries, Elisabeth Rosenthal wrote in the New York Times. Her st

Opinion - Posted by on August 27, 2012

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Opinion: Going green

Maybe to some the story on page 3 about the Summit Resort Hotel reads like an advertisement. But the truth is that this hotel is setting an example that is noteworthy. Of course going green is in many cases what environmentalists call green washin

Opinion - Posted by on August 27, 2012

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Opinion: Studying too long

Being in school and having the opportunity to study is arguably the best time of anybody’s life. The only ones who do not seem to realize this are those who ought to care most about it: the students. When you’re past sixty and you reflect on all

Opinion - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Nudity- A reader’s response

Dear Editor, I enjoyed reading your comments about nudity on your Opinion page this morning (Thursday, August 23) provoked by the now-famous photographs of Prince Harry in Las Vegas. For goodness sake, who cares, really? I also liked your dragging

Opinion - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Opinion: Hospital

Julian Rollocks call for an independent investigation into the situation at the St. Maarten Medical Center follows our own call for a similar initiative in yesterday’s editorial. We think that the term audit for such a venture has a more prudent so

Opinion - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Opinion: Proper procedure

The General Audit Chamber presented its first audit yesterday exactly on time: on the day that its two-year mandate expired. While nobody is going anywhere, this actually means that from today until proper action is taken, the country is formally

Opinion - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Opinion: Travel madness

Wow, and we were somewhat worried about the travel disease among the members of our government and parliament. Now it turns out that Dutch civil servants are so concerned about the wellbeing of the islanders in Bonaire, Saba and Statia that they spen

Opinion - Posted by on August 24, 2012

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Opinion: Dutch girls smoke boy

Everybody is good at something and for Dutch women this seems to be smoking. There are only twenty countries in the world where more women smoke than in the Netherlands, according to the World Health Organization, the University of Buffalo and the Ce

Opinion - Posted by on August 23, 2012

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Opinion: New direction

The Ministry of Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure seems to have chosen a new direction under Minister William Marlin. At least the vibes we got from his presentation about zoning plans yesterday were encouraging. It is

Opinion - Posted by on August 23, 2012

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Opinion: Nudity

You never know who your friends are until something happens. Ask Prince Harry, the new black sheep of the British royal family. Out for a party in sin city, Las Vegas, the prince apparently ended up with some girls and god knows who else in his suite

Opinion - Posted by on August 22, 2012

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Opinion: Snitching Wiels

What exactly is the role politicians have to play in our communities? That question came up when we read that the inevitable Helmin Wiels has filed a complaint against the Catholic school board in Curacao at the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Somehow

Opinion - Posted by on August 22, 2012

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Opinion: The pill for men

If the broken family is key to the troubles our young generation is experiencing, there could be some light at the end of the tunnel, even though the moral debate about it still has to begin. This is what we are talking about: the pill for men. Th

Opinion - Posted by on August 22, 2012

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Opinion: The teeth brushing connection

The thought that scientists are making things up just for the heck of it, for publicity or to attract extra funding crosses our mind at least once a week. But still, when a publication like the Journal of the American Geriatric Society publishes a st

Opinion - Posted by on August 22, 2012

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Opinion: New DNA-test

Scientists in Rotterdam have developed a test that makes it possible to establish hair and eye color of an unknown person based on DNA. This could be useful for tracking down criminals, because this additional information limits the circle of possibl

Opinion - Posted by on August 21, 2012

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Opinion: Urine

We were rather amused by the story about the cleaner who urinated in a tea kettle in the hospital in Aruba. It reminded us of something – a blast from the past if you want. That users of the kettle – staff members who boiled water with it for co

Opinion - Posted by on August 21, 2012

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Opinion: Another solution for traffic jams

Ah, never thought about that as a solution for the traffic jams in St. Maarten: working at home, instead of going to the office every day. The concept has been around for decades in the Netherlands and elsewhere but most employers did not buy into it

Opinion - Posted by on August 21, 2012

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Opinion: Death of the phonebook

There must have been a time when people were happy to receive something that was free. In the Netherlands the phonebook is free for instance, but not everybody is happy with it. An annoyed consumer by the name of Alexander Klöpping took action and c

Opinion - Posted by on August 21, 2012

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Opinion: Philip

The internet is a fabulous invention, no doubt about it and we would not be able to function without it. Like with everything in life, there is a downside. In our book that downside has a name as well: Philip Spooner. We never saw the guy, never tal

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Opinion: Lotteries

We’ll be writing more about the lottery business in St. Maarten in the near future, because several issues have piqued our interest in the ongoing turf war between Robbie dos Santos and his half-brother Ramesis Jamaloodin. What has remained obscur

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Opinion: Political meddling

Nerves are taught in Curacao where today Prime Minister Schotte meets with PM Wescot-Williams to discuss the Central Bank. the key issue is the investigation Curacao wants to initiate against bank President Emsley Tromp – and St. Maarten does not w

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Opinion: Stupid lie

Defendants in criminal court have one thing in common: they lie – a lot. We have to give it to some of them: even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary they stick to their untrue story. We have never quite understood why defendants

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Opinion: Happiness training

It is amazing how some things never change, and this is something our parliamentarians ought to pay attention to. In January the first crime analysis report about St. Maarten was published. One could argue that it did not contain anything we did not

Opinion - Posted by on August 20, 2012

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Opinion: Orthodox app

Yes, pretty women, unless you’re gay you quickly tend to find them irresistible. Remember Fatal Attraction? Ultra orthodox Jewish men in Israel have developed an app against these temptations: a special pair of glasses that do not improve the eye s

Opinion - Posted by on August 17, 2012

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Opinion: Consumer strike

That there are always ways to get around strangling high food prices appears from actions undertaken by the mayor of Marinaleda in the Spanish Andalusia district. The mayor runs a city – a village one could even argue – of less than 3,000 citize

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