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Editorial: Some comfort

That the killer of Police Officer Gamali Benjamin would not end up with a life sentence did not come as a surprise to many, but…

Editorial: Vulnerable

We may live on an island but, like Sargasso seaweed, the outbreak of the Zika virus shows that our lives are impacted by what is…

Editorial: Interesting point

The Vromi-ministry has made a unique step with its Ministry Plan 2-15-2018. Never before was a ministry so clear about its strategy, its objective, but…

Editorial: Two things

If students from abroad get the right to vote it sounds indeed like a good idea to make it possible to vote in the place…

Failed job fairs

The initiatives are there but the results are nothing to be proud of. That is not due to the labor affairs department, the SHTA or…

Wakeup call

One could argue that there are some oddballs among the citizens who registered a political party with the Electoral Council yesterday, but the fact that…

Conspiracy theories

Sensationalism was long the prerogative of tabloids. Overstatement, dramatization and muscle language twisted facts into honey sweet romance, unfathomable terror, or aggrandized drama. The objective…

Editorial: A real fight

Now we have a real fight on our hands. While the governor, based on a speedy advice from three judges, seems to offer a way…

Editorial: Foolish

We have to agree: closing down that meeting of parliament yesterday in record time and based on an article that does not even get in…

Editorial: Troublemakers

The motion of no confidence against the Gumbs cabinet was signed by a bunch of troublemakers, if we freely interpret Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs’ statement.…

Editorial: Commonwealth

Two Dutch MPs keep hammering on their solution for the constitutional prison they experience the Kingdom to be: a Commonwealth. Never mind that the islands…

Editorial: Rare protest

When nobody listens, people take to the streets. This seldom, if ever, happens in St. Maarten, but yesterday morning residents of French Quarter showed how…

Harassment

Alegria Real Estate has turned up the heat on its pool bar operator and tenant of one of the units at the resort in a…

Editorial: Chapeau

The French-side revolts against the Collectivité’s ideas about urban planning bring to mind that St. Maarten has zoning plan-issues of its own. On August 22,…

Editorial: Underworld

Attorney-General Guus Schram made a very clear statement yesterday during the installation of a new judge. “There are numerous indications showing that the underworld and…

Editorial: Right on the money

  The letter from businessman Mike Ferrier (see page 6) touches a raw nerve – and it is so on the mark.  Right on the…

Editorial: At Ease

The controversy caused by a Dutch civil servant with an attitude – Gerard Bouman – is no longer an issue after Justice Minister Dennis Richardson…

Editorial: Good job to the Police

The multi-disciplinary team that investigated a burglary at the Son Latino nightclub returned quick results. Yesterday afternoon detectives arrested five suspects near the airport who…

Editorial: Sentiment

It’s too late to lock the stable door after the horse has bolted, our dictionary gives as the translation for the oh so Dutch expression:…

Editorial: The right decision

Our initial reaction to MP Tamara Leonard’s initiative to ban Straight Outta Compton was one of disbelief, but we quickly changed our mind when we…

Editorial: No easy way out

The inevitable death of Sergeant Gamali Benjamin has made a bad situation worse – if that is possible at all. The arrested shooter is now…

Fruition

The outpouring of support for Officer Gamali Benjamin shows how a community is able to come together during its most distressing moments. Yes, one could…

Tough measures

Justice Minister Dennis Richardson has stepped up to the plate at lightning speed after the shooting of police Officer Gamali Benjamin. In an unprecedented move,…

Crocodile tears

The outpouring of sympathy and support for police officer Gamali Benjamin has a dark side and it has nothing to do with the officer who…

Editorial: Terrible

Describing the shooting of police officer Benjamin as “terrible” does not begin to put into words what happened yesterday afternoon on Front Street. It’s like…

Editorial: Drought

Yes the first rain has fallen, on and off these past couple of days, but it is by far not enough. The unprecedented drought has…

Insane aspects to our retirement system

There are many insane aspects to our retirement system but the cessantia-system beats it all. Without an obligatory retirement age, employers would have to fire…

Editorial: Chokehold

The chokehold discussion in the Netherlands seems to be fueled by – understandable – emotional arguments and take away the focus from the reality police…

Editorial: Sex trafficking

Our country’s image does not live up to expectations in the latest Trafficking in Persons report from the American State Department. It depicts St. Maarten,…