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Opinion - Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Opinion: Transparency

What would it take, in your opinion, for St. Maarten and all its institutions to become an integrity leader in the Caribbean by 2020?’ That is the question Transparency International poses to the citizens of our country. The corruption watchdog,

Opinion - Posted by on December 8, 2014

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Opinion: Competition Authority

Some people are good at giving other the impression that time stands still. Especially parliamentarians seem to be gifted in this field. To illustrate our point, read here what we wrote more than two years ago in November 2012 – and keep in mind th

Opinion - Posted by on December 8, 2014

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Opinion: Promises, motions and more promises

St. Maarten is not the only place on earth where banning single-use plastic grocery bags takes longer than the education of the average law student. After all the promises, motions and more promises, St. Maarten is still nowhere. How difficult could

Opinion - Posted by on October 28, 2014

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Opinion: What democracy?

Dear Editor, What democracy was the march on Sunday held for? Was it for the democracy that this island never experienced? Those of us who have lived on this island through the last 5 ½ decades know that this island was never governed in a democr

Opinion - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Opinion: A matter of time (before we’ll see another shift in St. Maarten politics)

Somehow, we already knew this of course but to hear ex-formateur William Marlin confirm it, gives even more food to the thought that Country Sint Maarten will remain politically unstable for the foreseeable future. It is only a matter of time before

Opinion - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Opinion: Cults and gurus

Why would a creative society need fringe groups and gurus? Ross Douthat explains in this op-ed that appeared earlier in the New York Times. “Like most children of the Reagan era, I grew up with a steady diet of media warnings about the perils of

Opinion - Posted by on September 30, 2014

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Opinion: Political power at all cost  

Dear Editor, Before postulation day for the recently held election for Parliament of Country St. Maarten, young people were encouraged to get involve and postulate themselves on a list of a political party. What we saw happened with a first tim

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on September 24, 2014

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Opinion: Inequality (fight at Sundial School)

What is it with students that they have to get into one fight after the other? Yesterday there was a huge fight near the Sundial School. It began with one student fighting with a man who was loitering near the school premises. It did not take long fo

Opinion - Posted by on September 23, 2014

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Opinion: Hilarious question (Dutch MP asks about vote buying)

Reality is weirder than fiction – we all know that. The Dutch parliamentarian Ronald van Raak and Minister Plasterk (Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations) added a new chapter to this perception, when the minister answered questions from Van Raak abou

Opinion - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Opinion: Lose the attitude (and learn Dutch)

Lived here for 10 years and still can't speak Dutch? Get off your high horse and stop making excuses, says Canadian national Natasha Cloutier. She is speaking about the Netherlands, of course, but her observations are also valuable for St. Maarten an

Opinion - Posted by on September 22, 2014

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Opinion: Pavlov-reaction

While students of several secondary schools peacefully attended a peace symposium at the University of Saint Martin on Friday, chaos and havoc ruled in St. Peters where students of the Vocational School and the Milton Peters College clashed on two su

Opinion - Posted by on September 14, 2014

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Opinion: The stepping down debate

The debate is on in Curacao: there seems to be a majority in Parliament for legislating criminal suspects out of their midst. Here is the vision from Curacao Chronicle columnist Jacob Gelt Dekker on this issue. “On suspicion of committing a crim

Opinion - Posted by on September 14, 2014

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Opinion: Money for nothing (pensions for politicians)

Now that the cat is out of the bag and we know that more than $4.2 million of taxpayers’ money will disappear into the pockets of unemployed politicians it is time to reflect on how reasonable the arrangement for these political pensions really is.

Opinion - Posted by on September 13, 2014

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Opinion: Parliamentarians with checkered histories

What kind of country do we want to be? That is the question Alex Rosaria, leader of the political party Pais in Curacao linked to his initiative-law that must make it possible to suspend members of parliament that have been detained or are suspected

Opinion - Posted by on September 13, 2014

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Opinion by Michael J. Ferrier: Embrace each other

‎Dear Mr. Editor, If we truly want to make St. Maarten a better place for our children and grandchildren, letters to the Herald's Editor like the one in Sept 11th's edition under the caption "They have a right to" should become a thing of the pa

Opinion - Posted by on September 13, 2014

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Opinion: Joint ventures (Marijuana Tourism)

There has been a lot of talk over the years in St. Maarten about diversifying the economy. That soon turned to diversifying the tourism industry. Terms like sports tourism and medical tourism became household expressions that have one thing in common

Opinion - Posted by on September 13, 2014

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Opinion by James E. Maduro: Witch Hunters

Dear Editor, Please find enclosed a letter written to my person from the Receiver’s office. I can only feel resentment coming from the wording of this letter and I hereby send you a copy for publishing. Such a reaction came, because writer fi

Opinion - Posted by on September 11, 2014

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Opinion: Stealing (Parliamentary) seats – one more time

A Member of Parliament who leaves his faction or who is kicked out of his faction can keep his or her seat. This is the opening line in a brochure of the Dutch government entitled “Van abdicatie tot zetelroof” (From abdication to seat robbery).

Opinion - Posted by on September 11, 2014

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Opinion: Look in the mirror

What do you do with a teenager who denies every responsibility for anything he does? Apparently, the parents of the young man who was in court yesterday did not have the right answer – otherwise he would not have been in court in the first place.

Opinion - Posted by on September 11, 2014

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Opinion: Insult (main politicians not showing up on ceremonial day)

The opening of the parliamentary year is not for nothing announced as a solemn affair. It is, after all, one of those events on the calendar that pays tribute to the constitutional democracy we all value. The prime servants of this system, our minist

Opinion - Posted by on September 10, 2014

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Opinion: We still disagree

Ed Gumbs walked into our office yesterday afternoon to react to our opinion headlined The root cause of all trouble. Gumbs maintains that parliament seats won belong to the party, we disagree – and we still do. Gumbs bases his argument on articl

Opinion - Posted by on September 10, 2014

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Opinion: The writing on the wall

Election results never make everybody happy. The UP’s victory turned to nothing real quick, when the other three parties signed an agreement before the sun came up on Saturday, August 30. But in politics like in life – it is what it is. One di

Opinion - Posted by on September 10, 2014

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Opinion by Debbie Zwanikken: Mindful moments on learned optimism

As an ambassador for mindfulness, it is my task to enlighten you to the benefits of taking up a mindful practice. Today, I encourage you to hug someone with complete awareness as you lean in, feel the size of the person, the warmth or coolness, the p

Opinion - Posted by on September 9, 2014

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Opinion: Educating the people (Parliament or the media?)

One of the poorly understood concepts among the Members of our Parliament – okay, among some of these members – is the role of the media. Yesterday, during the public meeting held on the occasion of the closure of the parliamentary year, we heard

Opinion - Posted by on September 9, 2014

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Opinion: The root cause of all trouble (Parliamentarians are free to do as they please)

Are candidates that are elected to Parliament who do not win enough votes to win a seat on their own, enslaved to the party they belong to? This seems to be the gist of the opinion of Ed Gumbs, elsewhere in this newspaper. We disagree. The system

Opinion - Posted by on September 9, 2014

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Opinion by Bienvenido Richardson: Three Amigos Coalition

Dear Editor, After yesterday’s press briefing and statements made by Leona Marlin about coming out victorious on leading the pack of wolves, I am wondering really in this coalition partnership, who really is leading the pack? Oh and by the wa

Opinion - Posted by on September 9, 2014

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Opinion: Lifting the moratorium on car rental licenses

We’re not confident that the explanation Economic Affairs Minister Ted Richardson gave at the end of last week about his reasons for lifting the moratorium on car rental licenses is solid. It feels too much like departure policy - a decision taken

Opinion - Posted by on September 5, 2014

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Opinion: Voters register

The last word has not been said yet about the voters register. That people did not receive their voting cards – a much-heard complaint –seems to be for a large party due to inaccuracies in the systems, or in the way these systems are understood a

Opinion - Posted by on September 5, 2014

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Reader writes: Listening to the voters

Dear Editor, After reading certain statements made in the media by representatives of the Democratic Party of St. Maarten this week, I had to express my feelings and beliefs to those same representatives and the fellow members and supporters of th

Opinion - Posted by on September 4, 2014

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Opinion: Mindful moments on kindness

When one sits or walks to practice mindfulness, there is a pivotal part of the practice than promotes kindness. As you sit with full attention to feeling your breath in your body, as you ride the breath from inhalation to exhalation and your mind sta

Opinion - Posted by on September 3, 2014

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Opinion: Coalition government

The results of Friday’s elections asked for a coalition government, and there were four possibilities, to know: UP/NA (11 seats), UP/USp or UP/DP (each 9 seats) and NA/DP/USp (8 seats). The election campaign clearly showed NA/DP/USp campaigning

Opinion - Posted by on September 3, 2014

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Opinion: Governing program (Are we going to get the change we voted for?)

Now that the dust has settled, the votes have been counted and the jobs have been divided the electorate will be scratching its collective heads and wonder: where to now? Are we going to get the change we voted for? Are we getting what we voted for p

Opinion - Posted by on September 3, 2014

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Opinion: Personal liability of politicians

With the birth of a new government that does not include the United People’s party, the fate of Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake could take a turn for the worse concerning his potential personal liability for the overpriced purchase of the Vorst Estate

Opinion - Posted by on September 1, 2014

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Opinion: Wrong signals (St. Maarten elections)

That the supporters, not to mention the leadership of the United People’s Party are disappointed about the developments that followed the results of Friday’s elections is understandable, but it does not mean that the UP could not have seen this c

Opinion - Posted by on September 1, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Gridlock government

Dear Editor, Let me congratulate all the new parliamentarians. This is your chance to make a clear contrast about yourself than those parliamentarians who were before you. The people of St. Martin are the big losers. Let me explain why, second tim

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