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Opinion - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Opinion by Leopold James: Rotten apples

Allow me to make the following pledge towards all the parties and their candidates, who are participating in the upcoming Parliamentary elections, slated for August 29. In all my comments, as president of the St. Martin Grassroots People Movement,

Opinion - Posted by on August 19, 2014

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Opinion: Our Kind of People

While politicians in St. Maarten almost collectively turned their backs on a Central Committee meeting where Justice Minister Dennis Richardson presented his view on the crime situation on the island, the Parliament in Curacao did the opposite. The A

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Opinion by Leopold James: Growing concern

Reliable information reaching our movement clearly indicates that there is a growing concern within the UP-party of Theo Heyliger about a number of issues. One of these issues is that some candidates on the UP-list are increasingly feeling very un

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Opinion: Roundabouts and election propaganda

The definition of a roundabout seems to escape some of the candidates that are vying for a $125,000+ job for the next four years in our Parliament. The Democratic Party has reluctantly removed a billboard from the roundabout in Belvedere, and Miguel

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Opinion: Very very strange (Emilio Wilson Estate)

On June 30 the budget amendment 2014 was scheduled to be handled by Parliament. That meeting could not go through due to lack of a quorum. Next to the President, only three other Members of Parliament were present. According to MP William Marlin the

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Opinion by Elco Rosario: Left behind (study financing)

  Juliy would have loved so much to be on the students’ plane that left Sint Maarten on August 3. Not only because of the study financing had she requested from her government to help her among others with the ticket to go to Holland. Also

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Reader’s Opinion on the elections: Refreshing the memory

Dear Editor, In time of elections, it is always good to refresh the memory of the citizens of this island and compare the performance of politicians when the survivability of this island was at stake. Such a time for me was in September 1995, w

Opinion - Posted by on August 18, 2014

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Opinion on the elections: Three hot topics

Citizens for Positive Change (CPC) may have pulled out of the elections, but it does not mean that the movement has gone to ground in idleness. On the contrary, the CPC-Facebook page has by now collected almost 1,400 likes, so it is fair to say that

Opinion - Posted by on August 14, 2014

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Opinion: Day for the Left-handed people

Dang, yesterday I heard for the first time that August 13 is the international day for left-handed people. What are they going to come up with next? I thought. An international day for people that are addicted to Monster? Being left-handed has bee

Opinion - Posted by on August 14, 2014

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Opinion: Transparent government

Dear Editor, On July 17, Mr. Gerard Richardson responded to my opinion letter about edu-tourism. I appreciate his step to respond in an open manner to an average citizen via the media. In return, please allow me to respond to the opinion letter pu

Opinion - Posted by on August 14, 2014

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Opinion: Unpaid advice to voters

Tuesday night I went as usual to La Bamba's Latin Night. I danced a bachata with my daughter Laura who is for some months back on St. Maarten after sailing around the world for more than a year. It was hot and I was sweating a lot, so I decided to ta

Opinion - Posted by on August 13, 2014

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Opinion: Change? (Politicians promising)

The political complaint is now in the home stretch, and the politicians from all political parties have stepped up their rhetoric, promising “change” along with more and more free-stuff.  One of the most important issues for most of us is the do

Opinion - Posted by on August 13, 2014

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Opinion: Ebola is not that contagious

Molecular biologist turned science communicator Eva Teuling writes in an op-ed in the Volkskrant why “we” do not have to fear ebola, the disease that has taken already more than a thousand lives in West Africa. Writing from a Dutch perspective he

Opinion - Posted by on August 13, 2014

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Opinion: Victimizing the victim

The Amigoe in Curacao carried a remarkable story yesterday that sounds all too familiar. It is about a 31-year-old exotic dancer who “escaped” from a nightclub in San Nicolas. On further reading, it appears that the exotic dancer is actually a pr

Opinion - Posted by on August 12, 2014

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Opinion: The change we don’t need

UP-candidate Maria Buncamper-Molanus put two slogans on her campaign billboard that is to be seen, amongst others, at the junction of Zagersgut Road and Coralita Road. The first one reads: The Change We Need. The second one, at the bottom, proclaims:

Opinion - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Opinion: The marijuana debate

The debate about legalizing marijuana rages on the op-ed pages of the New York Times. The times has put itself squarely behind a move towards legalization, but our Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson said this week that the government is not contem

Opinion - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Opinion: Voter-fraud (An American perspective by David Firestone)

With the elections looming, and the ruling in the election fraud case coming up, the attention moves from billboards to fraud. How virulent is this phenomenon and how do you get a grip on it? David Firestone looks at this issue from the American pers

Opinion - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Opinion: Easy bedfellows (Plastkerk and Integrity, realities of political life is that good governance is only an ideal )

We expect good governance and transparency from the Dutch. But Stolte, Isabella and now the secret appointment of a very senior civil servant for the RCN in Bonaire have ruined that perception, Curacao Chronicle writes in a column that bears no auth

Opinion - Posted by on August 10, 2014

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Opinion: An uneducated guess

Our front page story about an ugly power struggle at the Social Economic Council is about more than the uncertainty this has brought to its legal policy advisor Arjen Alberts. It is about the integrity and the unshakable solidity of an institution th

Opinion - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Opinion: A big loss

Dear editor, The newspaper is a source not only that presents your opinion but also facts that will foster general knowledge to the people of St. Martin. People are confused and do not understand how politicians can leave from one political party

Opinion - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Opinion: Perspectives

Elections are around the corner and, as is the habit every four years, suddenly all kinds of citizens have all kinds of opinions about all kinds of other people. We bicker about where campaign billboards are allowed to be, and where they should not b

Opinion - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Opinion: The clock is ticking

Although, they are not (yet) openly admitting such, an increasing number of politicians in all parties and on both sides of the island are recognizing the importance to define, recognize and create special provisions for native, indigenous St. Martin

Opinion - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Opinion: Ganja and schizophrenia

People who oppose legalization of marijuana routinely raise the possibility that marijuana may cause or exacerbate episodes of psychosis, including schizophrenia. This is hardly settled science, but it’s not necessarily bogus, either, Philip M. Bof

Opinion - Posted by on August 7, 2014

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Opinion: Regulating the soft drug market

As voters and lawmakers in more states decide to legalize marijuana, policy makers will have to answer a fresh and difficult question: How should governments regulate the production and sale of the drug? Vikas Bajaj examines this question in an op-ed

Opinion - Posted by on August 5, 2014

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Opinion: It takes two to tango (Clean elections, clean voting, no vote buying)

It is of course odd, and for some unfortunate, that the election fraud case from 2010 was in court yesterday. The verdicts will be pronounced four days before the elections and they will have, no matter what the outcome is, an effect on the elections

Opinion - Posted by on August 4, 2014

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Editorial: Serious flaw (On St. Maarten, parliament cannot fire a Minister)

No political system in the world is perfect, but usually when glaring problems are revealed in the system, its theorists and pundits analyze and critique it, and political players make changes to it. But not here it seems, if its participants even un

Opinion - Posted by on August 4, 2014

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Opinion: Medical tourism

Dear Editor, Some weeks ago I wrote an opinion letter about edu-tourism and why I think that it is something that St. Maarten should engage in. Medical tourism has many similarities with edu-tourism. To mention a few: it attracts foreign currency,

Opinion - Posted by on August 4, 2014

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Opinion: Professor Amadou (Clairvoyant)

The Health Inspectorate has woken up to the fact that mystic magicians like Professor Amadou and Mr. Keita, who present himself as a bespectacled medium, are advertising their trade. Professor Amadou has been around like forever, even though his a

Opinion - Posted by on August 3, 2014

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Opinion: Old age pensions

Everyone working in SXM pays AOV to the SZV. This fund is a solidarity fund. The working class pays for those who are on pension. The pension amount is set at 1,000 guilders. The basis for receiving this pension is the number of years a person is reg

Opinion - Posted by on August 3, 2014

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Opinion: The marijuana myth

The New York Times has thrown itself full speed on the marijuana debate. This week, the newspaper’s op-ed pages were filled with a thorough overview of the impact this soft drug could have. “For Michele Leonhart, the administrator of the Drug

Opinion - Posted by on August 3, 2014

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Opinion: Election campaign rules a travesty – DP Aplauds them, however disobeys them as well

On Thursday, the Democratic Party applauded the campaign rules Justice Minister Dennis Richardson has put in place. On Friday, the party erected a huge campaign billboard at the Belvedere roundabout smack in front of Roy Marlin’s Delta Petroleum ga

Opinion - Posted by on August 1, 2014

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Opinion: True arrogance (of a political party leader)

When on the campaign trail or even outside of campaigning time, you always hear how arrogant William Marlin is. His so-called arrogance is the loudest rallying cry of the other political parties. Now no man is perfect but most of us that know William

Opinion - Posted by on August 1, 2014

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Opinion: Manufacturing a scandal (influencing the elections)

Sometimes political scandals are genuine scandals. They are what they appear on the surface: wrongdoing by people in influential positions who have overstepped their bounds or behaved inappropriately. But the world is rarely so clear cut, rarely so b

Opinion - Posted by on July 31, 2014

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Opinion: Empty promises of politicians in the elections

Elections bring out the best and the worst in people, candidates and potential voters alike. The traditional mudslinging does not surprise anyone anymore but it is getting old and it does not impress the thinking part of the electorate at all. Sur

Opinion - Posted by on July 31, 2014

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Opinion: Blue murder (arrest of former minister and lottery boss)

Gerrit Schotte’s Movementu Futuro Kòrsou and attorney Eldon Sulvaran are screaming blue murder about the arrest of former Minister George Jamaloodin and lottery boss Robbie dos Santos. They use terms like black magic, claim that the prosecutor’s

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