Tag archive for ‘Opinion Piece’
Letter - St Maarten News - People
By The Publisher On Thursday, May 28th, 2020
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Just Imagine……

Recently, businessman and political commentator, Michael J. Ferrier, wrote a letter to the editor asking “We are all in this together, right?” and in his article, he referenced an opinion piece published More...

Government Building Closed - 20200224 JH
By The Publisher On Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
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Collective lowering of salaries is not that simple

By Hilbert Haar PHILIPSBURG – The kingdom’s demand that the government lowers the salaries of civil servants by 12.5 percent (as a condition for providing liquidity support) promises to result in a heated debate. More...

Government Administration Building with Flags- 20200220 JH
By The Publisher On Sunday, May 17th, 2020
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An unthinkable scenario

By Hilbert Haar The conditions attached to the provision of continued liquidity support have put the government in a rather awkward position. Demanding a 25 percent salary cut for ministers and parliamentarians More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, April 19th, 2020
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Whorehouses and casinos

Hilbert Haar Payroll support! That’s what all struggling companies, small and big, on St. Maarten have been waiting for. But now it turns out that a lot of companies will not get a penny. This appears from a long More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
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Madness without borders

By Hilbert Haar “Unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards;” That’s how the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines solidarity. Ah, I did not More...

Government Administration Building - 20200223 JH
By The Publisher On Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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Cracks in the coalition

By Hilbert Haar The Indian Merchants Association (IMA) is among the private sector organizations that chose the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) not even a week ago “to speak on its behalf More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
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A nightmare scenario

By Hilbert Haar For anybody who thought St. Maarten would be able to weather the corona-virus crisis on its own, José Jardim, the interim president of the Central Bank presented some sobering numbers during a press More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Saturday, February 15th, 2020
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Will Minister Gordon’s new work permit policy do any good?

By Hilbert Haar Minister Pamela Gordon-Carty is not the first one to come up with measures to protect the local labor market. Her work permit policy that went into effect on February 7 has met with instant resistance More...

Opinion - St Maarten News
By The Publisher On Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Protect Your Money

By Hilbert Haar When Girobank accountholders in Curacao panicked and started a run on the bank, the Central Bank was quick to point out that all deposits up to 10,000 guilders (just over $5,500) were safe and that More...

Politicians Pointless
By The Publisher On Sunday, December 29th, 2019
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Reforming politicians

By Hilbert Haar The amendments to election-related ordinances proposed by Sint Maarten Christian Party leader Wycliffe Smith seamlessly solve the existing conflicts between these ordinances and the constitution. Article More...