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Opinion - Posted by on March 2, 2015

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Opinion: Wasting the people’s money

Dear Editor, It is quite disheartening to have to read in our local newspapers that through irresponsible behavior of a former minister of Country St. Maarten, this country, by ignoring court orders has forfeited $100,000,-- and Naf. 200,000 in pe

Opinion - Posted by on February 24, 2015

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Opinion: Measuring success (of the St. Maarten Gov. press secretariat)

The doomed press secretariat will continue its spin-factory existence under a new leader after the departure of Mike Granger per the end of next month. Alston Lourens will take over per the first of April – no joke. We have nothing against Granger

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 24, 2015

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Opinion: Mark Mingo Must First Provide Answers!

The Today newspaper of January 20, 2014 reported that Mark Mingo will be departing from the Harbour Group of Companies, where he held the position of CEO.  The article further mentioned that he did not say what his next job will be. ·     

Opinion - Posted by on February 23, 2015

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Opinion: Are beaches public? No, they are not!

Are beaches public? No, they are not! According to the Civil Code beaches are presumed to be the property of government. In other words the presumption that beaches are public would have to be set aside if evidence to the contrary is presented. Bu

Opinion - Posted by on February 23, 2015

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Letter to the editor: Parliament calling in directors of Govt. owned companies wrong

Dear Editor, Where does our Parliament get the odd perception that it can call in (supervisory) directors of government owned or controlled entities and question them in public about their conduct of business ? These entities are not accountable t

Opinion - Posted by on February 23, 2015

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Opinion: What does LOL really mean?

By John McWhorter The going idea is that texting has, in essence, made graffiti a universal pastime: Barely punctuated, sparsely capitalized and with decidedly creative spellings throughout, texting means that today's people are reveling in writin

Opinion - Posted by on February 23, 2015

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Opinion: Country Status St. Maarten

On 10-10-10 the people of Sint Maarten after a long process obtained the status of country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands for Sint Maarten. That was the choice made by the people of Sint Maarten from the available options during the referendum

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 23, 2015

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St. Maarten Police reacts to statement

In reaction to the statement made by Mr. Russell Simmons in the Opinion section of the Daily Herald Newspaper on Monday February 16th 2015 entitled “Traffic Rules” as follows: First of all the Police Department wants to commend and thank Mr. Simm

Opinion - Posted by on February 17, 2015

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Opinion: Worrisome questions (Bada Bing case)

A serious accusation against the Prosecution Department surfaced in the “Bada Bing” trial that, if true, can rock the integrity of the Public Prosecutor’s Office at its very foundation. Cor Merx, the attorney for Jaap van den Heuvel, stated

Opinion - Posted by on February 17, 2015

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Opinion: Learning to love criticism

A NEW study by the linguist and tech entrepreneur Kieran Snyder, done for Fortune.com, found two differences between workplace performance reviewsgiven to men and women. Across 248 reviews from 28 companies, managers, whether male or female, gave f

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Opinion: Defeating prophet-nuts

Paris is of course far away and whatever happens there, no matter how terrible, does not really affect the islands or its people. There was no public outrage in Philipsburg over the terrorist attack at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Opinion: Rise of the atheists

Over the past few years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of people who are atheist, agnostic or without religious affiliation. A fifth of all adults and a third of the youngest adults fit into this category, David Brooks writes in an op-ed

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Opinion: Narco terror rules

The ghost of a murdered leading politician haunts Curacao; emotions are upstaging intellect, Jacob Gelt Dekker writes in his column on Curacao Chronicle. “Last week, the Curacao Court of Appeals heard the case of the Helmin Wiels assassination a

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Opinion: Serious work (Plastkerk’s Integrity instruction)

Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Plasterk apparently has the Kingdom Council of Ministers in his pocket. Otherwise it is tough to explain why the council went so happily along with the idea to threaten St. Maarten with another instruction. Well,

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Opinion: Mindful moments on bullying

“Bullying survives on silence” – author unknown Mindfulness is understanding that we will all die. To know this, every day, all day and with this in mind to know that we are all one; all connected. There are many opportunities in a day for o

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Opinion: Captain, where would you go? (Caravanserai/Alegria)

Paradise lost...a collective feeling by all Caravanserai timeshare owners who have been summarily dismissed.  Deeded rights ignored, betrayed by the island and their government, after massive personal investments into a property that was supposed to

Opinion - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Opinion: Uphold the constitution

Dear editor, Why isn’t the constitution of Country St. Maarten being upheld by our parliament? My question has to do with a Member of Parliament still functioning as such even though he has been sentenced by judicial verdict to a term of impriso

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 5, 2015

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Opinion: Very good ideas (budget)

Minister Martin Hassink’s skeleton budget still contains plenty of fat. At least, that is the opinion of rookie MP Leona Marlin-Romeo. And we have to admit: she made a lot of valid points. Are any of the ideas she put forward during yesterday’s f

Opinion - Posted by on February 2, 2015

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Opinion: Cowardice (Charlie Hebdo)

It was predictable that the solidarity with Charlie Hebdo would crumble fast, Koen Lemmens, who teaches human rights and constitutional law at the Catholic University Leuven in Belgium writes in an op-ed in Trouw. It is a sad reality, but it is there

Opinion - Posted by on February 2, 2015

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Opinion: We all have taboos (Freedom of expression)

Freedom of expression without taboos does not exist, columnist Thomas von der Dunk writes in the Volkskrant. Hardly ever before has freedom of expression been such a hot topic. The outrage about the Charlie Hebdo attacks may have died down, the after

Opinion - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Opinion: A tribute to WordPerfect

Who remembers WordPerfect? Its 5.1 version was good and simple –and there are still people who miss it. Sociologist Herman Vuijsje is one of them, and I am completely with him, struggling as I do at times with the hopelessly stupid word processor M

Opinion - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Opinion: Connected and interdependent (global oil price down, GEBE no change)

This community is wrought with issues that need addressing in a no-nonsense manner to truly give relief to our people and stop the continuous slide of large parts of the society to the sub-poverty line. This government has got to come to grips with a

Opinion - Posted by on January 22, 2015

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Opinion: Troubled budget

The central committee of parliament will meet on Thursday to discuss the draft 2015 budget. There is trouble in the air, because the cabinet sticks to its 445 million-budget, despite the advice from financial supervisor Cft to reduce it to 226 millio

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Open letter to Minister Connor

In a recent newspaper article dated January 13, 2015 you stated that you would be “looking at the sales structure” and “looking into the draft legislation” as submitted by Leroy de Weever. You need to be aware that this legislation was formul

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Opinion: Ponzi scheme operators (Timeshare)

Dear Editor, Should justice be fair to all, or just a few? Caravanserai, Pelican, Rainbow, Flamingo, Royal Palm Beach Club - the list is very long  of those properties where visitors/tourists to this island have lost their investments or had tim

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Opinion: What satire is able to do (Charlie Hebdo)

The new Charlie Hebdo is there, a week after the terrorist attack at the editorial offices in Paris, The cover shows – oh yes – the propjet Mohammed. What does this cartoon tell us? The Dutch daily Trouw devoted an edition of its theological team

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Opinion: Unpaid advice for lonely women

We have two dogs (Koko and Dushi) and two cats (Peanut and Speedy). We love them all very much, but this article is about Peanut, our ten-year old cat. He is a calico cat with lots of different colors. Beautiful, but for 14 years he has not exactly

Opinion - Posted by on January 20, 2015

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Opinion: Mindful moments on social intuition

Mindfulness formal practice is sitting with awareness of breath, body sensations and thoughts. “Ehipassiko!” “Come and see for yourself!” Take courage to sit and just be and understand. A couple years ago, Amazon noticing my interest in re

Opinion - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Opinion: Charlie Hebdo stands firm

You have to give it to them: the remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo is not going to back down. While the tears over the loss of their colleagues probably are still flowing freely, the staff is resolute in its decision to publish Mohammed-cartoons in to

Opinion - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Reader’s opinion on Caravanserai: “Compensation”

Dear Editor, We would like to express our extreme disappointment as timeshare owners at Caravanserai. The entire handling of this affair by Alegria was not only poorly executed, but highly unfair to the many owners who had implicit trust in the ti

Opinion - Posted by on January 15, 2015

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Opinion: the Paradox of freedom of speech

Freedom of expression is a weird animal. Trouw-columnist Ger Groot describes how he experienced this phenomenon after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. “It was the first tweet I received on my time line, immediately after the press releases abo

Opinion - Posted by on January 5, 2015

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Opinion: Nudism – Taking the plunge

Nudism triggers weird reactions in people. Though everybody is born in the same costume – gender differences aside – there are still people who frown upon nudism as if it is the new Sodom and Gomorrah. The reality is rather different, as the stor

Opinion - Posted by on December 17, 2014

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Opinion: More business as usual (at parliament)

Dear Editor, The Presidium of Parliament has taken note of the Today newspaper’s editorial under the heading “Business as usual (St. Maarten Parliament Meeting).” In connection with the postponement of meetings, Parliament has a right to

Opinion - Posted by on December 10, 2014

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Opinion: Kindergarten journalism – publishing unsubstantiated information

You know you are dealing with kindergarten journalism when you read that some hapless internet blogger sees fit to “remind” the formateur of certain things, as if said blogger has any kind of authority. Jumbled pieces containing a mix of comme

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on December 10, 2014

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Opinion: Sensible decision (write-off tax debts pre 2006)

The Council of Ministers took a sensible decision by leaving a policy that takes all tax debts from 2006 and earlier years off the books in place. Former Finance Minister Roland Tuitt published the policy in May 2013. It triggered a remarkable adv

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