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Laughing all the way to the bank

By Hilbert Haar Much has been said but little has been done about the generous pension plans for politicians who miss the cut during an election – and it is costing the country, and by extension the tax payers, a fricking fortune. The result of the January 11 elections shows that ten members of parliament have lost their seats. They will not More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, February 16th, 2024
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The art of critical thinking

By Hilbert Haar Is it the role of the media to educate as some politicians seem to think? I strongly disagree with that idea. Schools educate. Parents, if you’re lucky, educate as well. Serious news media inform. Back More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, February 7th, 2024
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Department of Statistics optimistic

~ It is highly anticipated that the country will surpass the 2016 record in the coming years ~ By Hilbert Haar Our tourism industry is not out of the woods yet, not by a long shot. This appears from data provided More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, January 16th, 2024
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Wasteful spending

By Hilbert Haar If you thought that the government and its elected officials are careful when they are spending your tax-dollars I invite you to think again, because these people are a lot, but not careful. The More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, January 14th, 2024
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The old normal

By Hilbert Haar Nothing surprises me anymore about politics in St. Maarten so the coalition-agreement the URSM signed with the DP, NOW and PFP did not come like a bat out of hell either. The four parties have eight More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, December 12th, 2023
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Bold promises

By Hilbert Haar It will take some time before the Netherlands has a new government – with or without Geert Wilders, leader of the PVV (Party for Freedom) and winner of the Dutch elections. Wilders has to More...

By The Publisher On Monday, October 2nd, 2023
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Counterfeiting

By Hilbert Haar Tee shirts, watches, booze, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics. There is hardly a product for which consumers cannot find cheaper (and therefore counterfeited) alternatives. Stores in St. Maarten are stuffed More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, September 30th, 2023
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Good grief!

By Hilbert Haar What is the world coming to? What happened to the process of logical thinking? Those thoughts hit me like a hurricane when I read that the Council of Ministers asked the Integrity Chamber whether More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, September 14th, 2023
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Wishful thinking

By Hilbert Haar The prime minister listening to his own fairy tale. That is how comedian Wim Kan once described the traditional speech by the Dutch Queen (at the time) during the opening of the Dutch parliamentary More...

By The Publisher On Monday, September 11th, 2023
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Eternal debt

By Hilbert Haar I am not an accountant and not a financial wizard, so I share my thoughts with our readers about rather diffuse topics like debts and refinancing on a personal title. The Netherlands loaned St. More...