Editorial: A sense of reality

POSTED: 11/12/13 11:35 AM

Culture Minister Patricia Lourens gave the St. Maarten Day celebration a sense of reality with her remark that economic cooperation between the French and the Dutch side of the islands will not materialize.

At the same time, we feel a hint of resignation in this remark: it is not going to happen, so do not waste any more time on it. That, the focus should be on spiritual cooperation for the time being, as the minister expressed it, is okay.

But looking further into the future, anyone with half a brain will see that the two sides of the island are wasting a lot of resources, and missing a lot of opportunities, by stubbornly working in their own yard rather than joining forces.

Where there is a will, there is a way but during the past may years we have not seen any serious initiative to break the deadlock. Maybe all this will change once we’re all spiritually on the same page. You never know.

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