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

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

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

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...

Maho - 20200406 JH
By The Publisher On Sunday, April 19th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...