Opinion: Tit for tat

POSTED: 11/6/13 1:24 PM

Dear Editor,

Why would learned persons allowed them-selves to become involved in a conflict created by our local government with the Dutch government? Do they know something that we do not know?

It is a known fact that the Dutch government has decided to carry out an in-depth integrity investigation in the functioning of the public sector of country St. Maarten for which all cost will be borne by the Dutch government. Not one cent of local taxpayers’ money will be spent on this investigation.

But because our local government is of the opinion that the Dutch government used a wrong procedure to finalize their resolution to have the Governor of St. Maarten carry out their investigation, it has decided to do a similar investigation for which local taxpayers will have to foot the bill.

Does this make any sense? Is this not the waste of taxpayers’ money? Money that this country so direly needs? The big question that can be asked is: Why would learned persons cooperate with this tit for tat from our local government, with this unnecessary spending of tax guilders?

I believe that all taxpayers have the civil duty and moral obligation to question government when tax guilders are spent unnecessarily. For me this is such a case and that is why I am questioning our governments’ decision.

 

Todd Peterson  

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