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Opinion - Posted by on February 20, 2012

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Opinion: Good governance

The Corporate Governance Council is a thorn in the side of Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger. For all DP-parliamentarian Leroy de Weever is concerned, the council could evaporate tomorrow and he would not lose a night sleep over it. Politicians so

Opinion - Posted by on February 20, 2012

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Letter: Genesis Chapter 1

Dear Editor, Nation building is a process and method that the builders have to use correctly for a country to be successful. The question is how a country should be built? The answer is the people. Question number two is what must the people ha

Opinion - Posted by on February 20, 2012

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Opinion: The never-ending story (Timeshare)

Maybe it’s just us, but we get the strong impression that there is something seriously amiss in the state of timeshare-land. One attorney told us recently that we ought to stop writing “one-sided stories about the timeshare industry.” We though

Opinion - Posted by on February 17, 2012

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Opinion: Domestic violence

The defendant who was in court yesterday morning for ill-treating his now ex-wife, represents the top of a very ugly iceberg. As the prosecutor in the case said: domestic violence is a big problem in St. Maarten. We’d say: domestic violence is a

Opinion - Posted by on February 17, 2012

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Opinion: The truth about debt relief

Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger created the impression at Wednesday’s press briefing that St. Maarten is entitled to 183 million guilders in debt relief – at least to the part that remains after the Netherlands covered 60 million in debts to th

Opinion - Posted by on February 17, 2012

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Letter: Native St. Maarten men of character

Dear Editor, It is my privilege to acknowledge some of my native people of St. Maarten heritage for making their life worthwhile and standing in defense of other people even while some of those people are criticizing them. I give lots of respect

Opinion - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Letter: Open letter to Todd Peterson

Dear Mr. Peterson, Let me admit first, I am not a born St. Maartener, though things could have been different had my mother been here on April 25, 1950. I consider myself an earthling, a human being among equals. Your letter to the editor about c

Opinion - Posted by on February 16, 2012

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Letter: Open letter to Roy Marlin

Dear Mr. Marlin, During the deliberations in a public plenary session last Monday you suggested based on Governor Holiday’s letter that article 53 paragraph 1 of the Constitution of St. Maarten requires legal observance and review. While I still

Opinion - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Opinion: Blue Mall blues

The Blue Mall announced some time ago with conviction that it was about to happen: the huge shopping mall in Cupecoy would have a grand opening on February 17. So this Friday would have been party-time, but as was to be expected, nothing is going to

Opinion - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Opinion: Improvements

Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Liesbeth Spies was in St. Maarten. The minister praised the government for improvements in the field of finances. What those improvements are, nobody knows – apart from the incrowd and that circle guards

Opinion - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Letter: UP Party keeps their sheep in line

Dear Editor, It was no surprise that Member of Parliament Jules James will be saved and let the Pelican workers be the sacrificial lamb. After all, UP party can care less about a bunch of poor people who is of no interest to them. Most of the Peli

Opinion - Posted by on February 15, 2012

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Opinion: The zebra secret

Maybe this is the news MP George Pantophlet has been waiting for all these years: a solution for the midges. We’re not sure if the following would work, but it is at least worth a shot, given the fact that the government is apparently doing nothing

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 14, 2012

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“I got more color” Spies focuses on plans of approach in introductory meetings

St. Maarten – The progress reports on the Plans of Approach dominated talks between Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies and members of the Council of Ministers on Monday. The discussions started in an introductory me

Editorial, Opinion - Posted by on February 14, 2012

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Editorial: Confusion

Members of the coalition seemed to be confused or badly informed or both yesterday when they discussed the question whether MP Jules James violated the constitution when he voted on motions that personally affected him on November 17, and whether Par

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 14, 2012

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Opinion: Article 53

What on earth could be open for interpretation in article 53 of our Staatsregeling? Let’s not beat about the bush – we leave that to our parliamentarians – and get right down to business. This is the text of article 53 in Dutch: Artikel 5

Opinion - Posted by on February 14, 2012

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Letter: Not enough eyes and ears

Parliament does not have enough eyes and ears to keep an eye on the manner in which this government is functioning. While my focus is on the Minister of Everything, as a representative of the people I also have to monitor the Minister of Economic Af

Opinion - Posted by on February 14, 2012

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Opinion: Victim or suspect? Let’s respect the victim!

On February 2nd 2012 TODAY newspaper published an opinion on the Opinion & Commentary page concerning a criminal case that was dealt with in court the day before. The Public Prosecutor’s Office feels the urge to respond to that article. The articl

Opinion - Posted by on February 14, 2012

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Letter: Terminal reflections from Statia

“If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, “the law is an ass!” Such were the inimitable words spoken by that colorful and hypocritical character from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. As the world celebrates 200 years of this literary geniu

Opinion - Posted by on February 13, 2012

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Opinion: Sperm whale

Belgium caught some free energy when a 25-ton sperm whale landed on the beach in Knokke-Heist this weekend. Don’t get the wrong ideas: the animal is called a sperm whale after the white waxy substance in its enormous head, called spermaceti. But th

Opinion - Posted by on February 13, 2012

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Opinion: The war on drugs: our own Vietnam

The war on drugs is the new Vietnam: it is a war nobody will ever win, no matter how much resources the international community throws at it. We have argued before on this page that the extremely expensive war on drugs is a lost case and that it is t

Opinion - Posted by on February 13, 2012

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Opinion: A tip for Minister De Weever

Our good Minister Cornelius de Weever is working on a national health insurance while – according to the Advisory Council – the 2012 draft budget does not contain a provision to make this happen, we’d like to draw his attention to some useful r

Opinion - Posted by on February 13, 2012

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Opinion: Wrong choices

We read a story in the Volkskrant that put a smile on our face at first: Indians file complaint against breweries because of the serious alcohol-problems in their community. It’s a bit like fat people taking McDonalds to court because they make ham

Opinion - Posted by on February 13, 2012

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Opinion: Fun Miles

To say that they’re a funny lot over there in Curacao may very well be the understatement of the century. Newspapers in Willemstad are spending a lot of ink these days on a rather peculiar controversy – and this time it’s not about the integrit

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 13, 2012

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Opinion: Alternative energy

With utility-bills skyrocketing and with consumers bracing themselves for the next inevitable power cut it is no wonder that people start looking for alternatives. Talk about the development of alternative energy sources have been going on for years,

Opinion - Posted by on February 10, 2012

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Opinion: Absenteeism

Since we ended up on today’s opinion page with two work-related issues, we may as well add a third topic: absenteeism. We’re getting to this because the president of the Windward Islands Teachers Union Witu brought up the term yesterday when s

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 10, 2012

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Opinion: Appraisals

The Windward Islands Teachers Union Witu has welcomed the use of professional development appraisals – a system that will allow school boards to link performance to salary. The appraisals are already in use with the St. Maarten Academy and with

Opinion - Posted by on February 10, 2012

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Opinion: Lifestyle

Here is a thought for our labor unions to chew on. Employers in the Netherlands want the option to call employees that live an unhealthy lifestyle to account. More than half of the employers in small and medium enterprises say that they want the poss

Opinion - Posted by on February 9, 2012

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Opinion: Fat cats

It’s not like there is a new buzz word in town but still, we keep hearing this more and more. This or that is done, or not done, to keep a couple of fat cats happy. It is one of those expressions popular with our National Alliance parliamentarian L

Opinion - Posted by on February 9, 2012

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Opinion: School buses

Violence on school buses has suddenly become a hot topic again after a recent stabbing incident. We hear a lot of oohs and aahs, but apparently there is nobody around with solutions to put a stop to this juvenile violence. In the past school buses

Opinion - Posted by on February 8, 2012

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Opinion: Opinion polls

Opinion pollsters present non-results as news, Tom van der Meer, who teaches political science and methodology at the University of Amsterdam, wrote in an opinion piece in the Volkskrant yesterday – and the media lap up all this non-news. This is t

Opinion - Posted by on February 8, 2012

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Opinion: Trouble under the rainbow

The troubles at the Rainbow Beach Club are far from over, but it could very well happen that the lawsuits home owners at the property initiated against the project developer may come back to haunt them. Yesterday home owners complained about actions

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on February 7, 2012

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Letter: National stadium: a national disaster

Dear Editor, I’ve kept silent long enough. Football has already been stagnated on St. Maarten. The Raoul Illidge Sports Complex has been in a terrible state for years! I grew up playing football on that field. It hurts to see that things aren’

Opinion - Posted by on February 7, 2012

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Letter: Unpaid Advice to Domino’s Gijs

Dear Editor, For a very long time I have a vague but strong feeling that I am missing something in my life. Love?  No, I love my wife, my children and my friends. Money? No, I have a good pension and I have no rent to pay. Am I sick? No, I walk m

Opinion - Posted by on February 7, 2012

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Opinion: Burqas

We once calculated that finding a woman in the Netherlands who is dressed in a face-covering burqa requires extreme eyesight, because there is only one burqa-sporting muslima for every 83,685 citizens. The brilliant government in The Hague sees burqa

Opinion - Posted by on February 7, 2012

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Opinion: Dating flights

The Dutch airline KLM introduces a meet and seat service on intercontinental flights. The service allows passengers to share their information via the social networks Facebook and LinkedIn. Based on this information they have the option to choose nex

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