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Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Opinion by Cor Merx: Noblesse oblige (policy for commercial sex workers)

Below is the reaction from attorney Cor Merx to statements made by Minister of Public Health, social Development and Labor about the new policy for commercial sex workers.  “Please understand that our (owners of the clubs) level of communicatio

Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Opinion: Open government

Dear Editor, The perception of the power of the politician in St. Maarten stems from the notion to grant privileges and benefits to preferred voters and vice versa.  For that reason, many believe that politicians are not in favor of transparency.

Opinion - Posted by on July 27, 2014

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Reader’s opinion: Election Campaign Promises

Dear Editor, I have lived here for over 30 years. I raised my children here and this is my home. I have never written to you before but the time has come to speak up. I am sure we are all tired of hearing the same campaign promises. As I listen to

Opinion - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Opinion by Lloyd Beaton, One St. Maarten People Party: Blatant campaign violations

Dear Editor, It was with great astonishment that we read in Today on Friday, July 18, that the police visited all parties over campaign violations. In the same article this daily indicated that four political parties including the One St. Maarten

Opinion - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Opinion by Bienvenido Richardson: Do the right thing

Dear Editor, Yes, election time is here again, but the question is:  are we willing and able to bring about change? Bringing about change would mean that each and every citizen will have to go out and vote for whichever political party and or can

Opinion - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Opinion by Iris D. Arrindell, UP Party candidate #19: Family structure

SXM is at its crossroads. We are a young nation solidifying our rightful spot in this world. When we look around in our society today, it seems as if everything is just falling apart. However we also realize it is not only on SXM, but it is a worldwi

Opinion - Posted by on July 24, 2014

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Opion by United St. Maarten Party: The debt crisis

Dear Editor, The United Sint Maarten Party (USP) feels voters have a right to know all the facts, especially about our country’s debt situation, so that they can be well informed to make the right decision before they head to the polls next mont

Opinion - Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: There we go again

Just like the different seasons show what time of the year it is…so do the ridiculous, polluting, intimidating , clue-less, expensive political posters, banners, flags and other dazzling ‘talisman’ - objects, tell us that it is that time again

Opinion - Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Sustainability and the economy

Dear Editor, Lately, the terms economic diversification and sustainable development seem to have become catchphrases amongst current and aspiring decision makers. These terms are often used, but their implementation is sadly seldom truly pursued.

Opinion - Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Opinion: Blogosphere

Could the blogosphere – that realm where bloggers rule – indeed contribute to more transparency and openness and to public debate? A darn good question that is. The internet did not literally burst onto the scene – it evolved over a long per

Opinion - Posted by on July 22, 2014

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Opinion: Old sins (Cigarette producer R.J. Reynolds sued for $23 billion)

Old sins have long shadows, or so the saying goes. Cigarette producer R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company found that out the hard way after a jury in the State of Florida awarded a widow whose chain-smoking husband died 18 years ago, $23 billion in damages

Opinion - Posted by on July 22, 2014

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Opinion: Has the world gone mad?

On July 17 192 Dutch, 44 Malaysians (among them 15 crewmembers), 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 10 Britons, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 Filipinos, a New Zealander and a Canadian perished in the airplane disaster in the Ukraine with flight MH17 of Malay

Opinion - Posted by on July 22, 2014

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Opinion: Fixing Curacao

Pas als het kalf verdronken is dempt men de put. That Dutch expression comes to mind in the wake of the airport shooting in Curacao: only after the proverbial excrement hits the fan, action follows. Crime is of all times and all ages, not only in

Opinion - Posted by on July 22, 2014

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Opinion: A competent Parliament

Dear Editor, Thanks once again for using this medium to express myself. I think that I am one of many people on St. Maarten who has been greatly disappointed in the overall functioning of our Parliament. The cases in which incompetence and disresp

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: The color of our skins

Ever met someone who was proud of his white skin? I did. It was 2005 and I was canvassing a neighborhood in California for work. Suddenly, there was this old guy in his garden who started a conversation with me. Forgive me for not remembering the det

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Lost in a dark forest

Hurray! There is trouble in the Caribbean and that is always a good reason for Dutch media to write about the islands. This time, however, political editor Remco Meijer severely criticizes the diplomatic acumen of Kingdom Relations Minister Ronald Pl

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Fear of flying

The tragedy with the Malaysian airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that killed all 295 people onboard inevitably triggers questions about aviation safety. How safe is it really to fly? Based on raw numbers taking an airplane is much saf

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Basic approach

The Board of the National Alliance hereby acknowledges the decision of the Honorable Minister Maurice Lake to continue with the basic approach of former Minister William Marlin to grant contracts directly to small contractors instead of having them w

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Edu-tourism

Dear Editor, I have read the article of Mr. Andrew Smith which was published in the Today newspaper of Monday July 14, 2014 with regard to his view on “Edu-Tourism”, and have taken great interest. As a candidate on the Democratic Party slat

Opinion - Posted by on July 21, 2014

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Opinion: Oppression and injustice

Dear Editor, Writer wishes hereby to in the very first place, express his sincere thanks to you for the very great article concerning himself in your well-read Today Newspaper. However there  has been a very dramatic twist in this affair with

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Opinion: We’re not alone (…there’s life in space)

Good news or bad news? The American space organization Nasa says that we are not alone and that it will prove this point within the next twenty years. The scientists that participated in a discussion at Nasa headquarters on Monday seem to agree that

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Opinion: Vagina art of Rokude Nashiko

She wanted to tear down the taboo that surrounds female genitals, but Japan was not entirely ready for it, Rokude Nashiko said only one week ago in an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw. She was right: in the meantime the police have arrested h

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Respect democratic privacy

Dear editor, First of all, I must commend Jeffrey Richardson for his letter to the editor Violation of Privacy of July 16. He dealt with the lack of privacy during the endorsement of the political lists inscribed for the August 29 parliamentary

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Opinion: The promise of a state of the art hospital for St. Maarten

Okay, it is election time and if you want to get the people’s attention, you need a carrot. A big one, if you are able to find it. The United People’s party found such a carrot: the promise to build a brand new state of the art hospital. Let u

Opinion - Posted by on July 17, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Moving forward positively

Dear Editor, It was of course with great interest that I read the article titled “CPC Contests Thompson’s Explanation” which is based on an interview with the CPC’s Treasurer and Secretary as featured in your publication yesterday July 15t

Opinion - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Violation on privacy

The way the signing of the list was done was definitely an infringement on democracy and on the people's rights to endorse whichever list they wished to without this being known to onlookers that were in the booth observing who signed which list. The

Opinion - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Opinion: Quality adjusted life years

The United People’s party wants to give St. Maarten a new hospital. At least that seems to be the focal campaign promise of the green party. How much such a hospital will cost and – most importantly – whether this building will provide better m

Opinion - Posted by on July 16, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Education the way forward

Dear editor, Sint Maarten has taken the necessary steps to ensure that the island was in line with the UNICEF Rights of the Child Act that states “that every child has the right to an education”.  This came with the introduction of the law on

Opinion - Posted by on July 15, 2014

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Opinion: The legacy Laville the politician leaves behind contains just one word. Why?

Why? Independent MP Romain Laville has a checkered political history at best. Last week he topped it off in style with a full page advertisement in which he blew his own horn a little bit too loud. Some would say he provided incorrect information,

Opinion - Posted by on July 14, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: Still about positive change: An explanation (CPC)

Dear Editor, Over the past few days there has been much speculation regarding the Citizens for Positive Change Party’s (CPC) decision not to contest the 2014 Parliamentary elections. CPC’s decision was made public in the afternoon of Thursday

Opinion - Posted by on July 13, 2014

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Opinion: Autism: the great unknown

Dear editor, I feel the need to react to the article you published yesterday on page 4 of your newspaper under the headline Autism – the great unknown. My experience after 1.5 year working with two  groups of children with challenges in an e

Opinion - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Opinion: Questions (to Maria Buncamper-Molanus) unanswered

Feel free to ask anything, UP-candidate # 21 Maria Buncamper-Molanus said on Tuesday evening at the party’s candidate event. A day later, she repeated this in a press statement that we publish today. So we sent her PR-manager Mike Granger yester

Opinion - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Opinion: In limbo

The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association has sounded the alarm over the St. Maarten Tourism Authority – and not without reason. For the past twenty years, successive governments have discussed this issue, and the result is zero – zip.

Opinion - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion: A master narrative

Dear Editor, The representation of Senator Obama as “the first black President to be” was a master narrative but the tallest of tales. Now, with hindsight, it is crystal clear that the failure of Mrs. Clinton; and later, of the Republicans, to

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on July 11, 2014

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Opinion: Mission Impossible (can UP party get the majority of votes?)

The United People’s party has made one thing clear: it is done with coalition governments. The question that remains of course is whether coalition governments are done with the UP. Let’s run the numbers and see where we end up. The National A

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