Editorial: Bills, bills, bills

POSTED: 06/20/11 1:09 PM

Back in the 1990s girl group Destiny’s Child put out a song called Bills, Bills, Bills. Gleeks across the island will have heard the latest cover during the just concluded season of the  popular television show Glee. Though the song is about a man who is scrounging off his girlfriend, we can’t help but link the five letter word mantra to the Justice Ministry.

Why may you ask? Because just after jumping out of the frying pan that was Westin demand, came the fire of the Curacao Justice Minister handed the Minister of Justice a bill for this country’s prisoners at Bon Futuro. Cue the mantra, because it just seems as if the bills keep coming.

What’s interesting though is that the minister admits he did not budget to pay for the prisoners the island has in Curacao, even though he was aware of an agreement for this to be done. He now somehow has to find the money to pay, without making an illegal expense. Another song comes to mind: Things that make you go hmmmmm. Also to quote Destiny’s Child: “Can you pay them bills?”

It also seems from the minister’s comments that he’s really a fan of netting off what St. Maarten owes to others, against what they owe to St. Maarten. The proof of that is the fact that he’s quick to remind everyone that there are six prisoners from Curacao in Pointe Blanche. The coming discussion on the bills, bills, bills will no doubt be interesting.


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