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Editorial - Posted by on May 20, 2014

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Editorial: Walking the walk

We’ve noticed the change that Be The Change is making. It’s easy to talk the talk, and not many actually walk the walk. But the $900 donation to the Ujima Foundation will no doubt go a long way and positively impact the lives of young at risk boy

Editorial - Posted by on May 19, 2014

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Editorial: Right direction

The deplorable and senseless attack on an innocent nine year old girl has rightfully shocked and outraged the community. Just what kind of person would do such a thing is beyond us. There is never an excuse that could even remotely justify such a vil

Editorial - Posted by on May 15, 2014

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Editorial: Good Move

The recent move by the local Chamber of Commerce director to arrange a meeting between the academic dean of USM Dr. Francio Guadeloupe and Dr. Robertico Croes of the University of Central Florida was a good one. For too long USM has been neglected by

Editorial - Posted by on May 13, 2014

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Editorial: Stricter policy against drug mules

The prosecutor’s office in Curacao announced yesterday a stricter policy against drug mules at the Hato airport. That sounds like a battle cry, but is this going to make a difference? As long as security at the airport is so lax that it remains pos

Editorial - Posted by on May 12, 2014

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Editorial: Climate Change and St. Maarten

The international scientific community all seem to agree: the world’s atmosphere is warming up and the climate is changing. This past decade has been the warmest since official records began. Cars, planes, factories, etc are pumping out millions of

Editorial - Posted by on May 9, 2014

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Editorial: Parkinson’s café

The idea of a minority within society is often first associated with an ethnic minority, but the term has much further reaching implications. A minority, for example, can be someone with a disability, or, in the case of our front page story, a person

Editorial - Posted by on May 6, 2014

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Editorial: Green party

The field for the August 29 elections is becoming increasingly interesting. The traditional contenders – UP, DP and NA – will get company from several upstarts with wildly varying backgrounds. The latest addition is Rueben Thompson’s Citizen

Editorial - Posted by on May 4, 2014

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Editorial: Stemfies

Are stemfies fun or are they a direct threat to free and fair elections? That question took center stage in a court hearing in The Hague yesterday. Home Affairs Minister Ronald Plasterk said in March that he would not encourage the practice, thoug

Editorial - Posted by on April 28, 2014

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Editorial: Community Dialogue

From Simpson Bay to Dutch Quarter, community dialogue with different branches of government is happening, and that is a good thing. Too often, mere lip service is given to the idea of democracy, with token gestures and hollow words. It is importan

Editorial - Posted by on April 23, 2014

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Editorial: Higher taxes

Newcomer Social Reform Party pleads in its political manifesto for “higher taxes on harmful products,” a strategy that is sure to backfire when voters have to make their choice on August 29. Even though this idea seems well intended it will never

Editorial - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Editorial: Rules of order

It took a long time but they are finally there – the definite rules of order for Parliament. The project has been in the desert for around forty months – more than a lifetime in political terms, but now we have some useful changes on our hands.

Editorial - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Editorial: Cooperation between Gendarmerie and St. Maarten Police

The cooperation displayed between the Gendarmerie and the Korps Politie St. Maarten is welcome news; a good sign for the island and a bad one for those looking to exploit the open border nature of the island for illicit purposes. It is one of the wea

Editorial - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Editorial: Veiled in mystery

Modernizing one’s image is of all times. Companies do it, hospitals do it and political parties do it too. The new logo the National Alliance presented yesterday symbolizes indeed movement. The question remains whether all this is “oude wijn in n

Editorial - Posted by on April 15, 2014

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Editorial: One shot (Team Reforma) Curacao

A group of reform-minded people in Curacao – united under the name Team Reforma - has presented plans to get rid of the coalition-model, to elect a prime minister directly, and to make seat-robbery impossible. This way, Reforma reasons, a govern

Editorial - Posted by on April 9, 2014

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Editorial: The good old days

The Electoral Council may not be armed to the teeth, but it is certainly a refreshing presence in our political landscape. Political parties and candidates for political office will have to play by the rules; if they don’t they will be exposed a

Editorial - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Editorial: Legal framework

Once more Vromi-Minister Lake is upset about something that was published in what he calls “the blogs.” And once more the minister calls for “a legal framework” to be put in place to deal with new media. Last time Minister Lake was upset a

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on April 8, 2014

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Editorial: Cumbersome

How useful is the Kingdom Conference? That is a legitimate question now that the highlight of the second edition seems to be the agreement to establish a task force that must guarantee the rights of the child in the Caribbean countries. This follo

Editorial - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Editorial: Marines

The Royal Dutch Marines are making their presence known on the island. They have already been on patrol in Philipsburg, where they were somewhat of a tourist attraction, with some visitors evening stopping to take pictures with the courteous soldiers

Editorial - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Opinion: Know your labor law

Dear editor, It is remarkable to see that the various inspectorates of the department of Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA) continue to have difficulties to fully understand the laws of St. Maarten. Not so long ago, t

Editorial - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Editorial: Two options

St. Maarten may soon be looking at two options: set up its own Central Bank or switch completely to the American dollar. Now that Curacao has indicated a clear desire to have its own Central Bank without St. Maarten it is obvious that the two coun

Editorial - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Editorial: Perception

With three integrity inquiry commissions underway on half of a small Caribbean island, an outsider can be forgiven for getting the impression that this is nothing more than a viper’s den. This would, however, be unfair to the island and the majo

Editorial - Posted by on April 3, 2014

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Editorial: Welcome news

The arrest of a suspect in the near fatal armed robbery of the L’Escargot restaurant owners is welcome news and sends the right signal throughout the community. Even though the crime happened nearly 2 years ago doesn’t mean it was forgotten by po

Editorial - Posted by on March 31, 2014

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Editorial: Commendable

Emil Lee’s resignation from the presidency at the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association is a wonderful example of transparency. The SHTA has always been non-political and from his position as president Lee has for thirteen years been abl

Editorial - Posted by on March 31, 2014

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Editorial: Added value

Independent MP Romain Laville’s venture into a Memorandum of Understanding with Dominica is an interesting one. If it returns what it seems to promise – scholarships for local students, cheap cooking gas for residents – it is all good. There

Editorial - Posted by on March 25, 2014

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Editorial: Ecosystem authority

The service level agreement the Vromi-ministry signed with the Nature Foundation yesterday marks a step in the right direction. Never before has a government so clearly committed itself to the protection of our natural environment. Before we hang

Editorial - Posted by on March 25, 2014

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Editorial: About time (banish race and discrimination from politics)

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that we shouldn’t stigmatize and label all Antillians and Moroccans. It’s about time the head of the Dutch government did. Geert Wilders may be the most obvious and odious representative of European far right

Editorial - Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Editorial: Justice

The police have apprehended a suspect in the case of the stolen motorbike and the brave security guard who risked his life defending someone else’s property. The suspect is, to be sure, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. But we do hope

Editorial - Posted by on March 21, 2014

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Editorial: Why bother?

Before the summer or after the summer? That is the question raging through election land right now. From the presentation by Prime Minister Wescot-Williams we understand that the regular procedure will lead to elections on Friday, September 5.

Editorial - Posted by on March 19, 2014

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Editorial: A big heart

Without any doubt, Elaine Gumbs-Vlaun is The Example of what all human beings ought to be. The lady is – if you’ll forgive us the expression – a woman with balls and a heart so big that you cannot help but just love her. The choice to honor

Editorial - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Editorial: Protecting our reefs

The Nature Foundation has not been idle in its fight to limit the damage caused to our reefs and fish stocks by the invasive and poisonous lionfish. The fight is an important one. The natural beauty of the Caribbean lies below as well as above sea le

Editorial - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Editorial: Overcrowding

The news that the Pointe Blanche prison is overcrowded and that some convicts and suspects had to be released is disturbing. It raises important issues and important questions, none of whose answers are comforting. What is the core of the problem?

Editorial, St. Maarten News - Posted by on March 17, 2014

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Editorial: Arrival of Attorney-General Guus Schram

With the arrival of Guus Schram as the successor of Attorney-General Dick Piar crime fighting in St. Maarten and Curacao has entered a new era. It is obviously too early to assess whether the new man will do a better job than his predecessor, but it

Editorial - Posted by on March 13, 2014

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Editorial: Plain and simple

The Parliament meeting requested by the National Alliance about the airport did not go through last week Thursday due to a lack of quorum. It had to be reconvened within four times 24 hours, so by last Tuesday. This did not happen; the Parliament

Editorial - Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Editorial: No prosperity without security

No society or civilization in the history of the world has ever prospered without security. Indeed, if a place is insecure, how can its entrepreneurs, scientists, craftsmen, etc, thrive if they feel threatened and constantly concerned about their saf

Editorial - Posted by on March 12, 2014

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Editorial: Continuity

Calling a minister a pathological liar is not something we hear politicians say every day. So when National Alliance leader William Marlin dropped that bomb on his successor Maurice Lake at a press conference yesterday, we started wondering about the

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