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Tag archive for ‘Opinion Piece’
By The Publisher On Sunday, December 5th, 2021
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Wie zwijgt stemt toe

By Hilbert Haar I honestly cannot remember a moment when there was no trouble at all at utilities company GEBE and I have followed the developments in energy-land closely for more than ten years. Being the managing More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, November 17th, 2021
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Mar, bribe and destroy

By Hilbert Haar It is not a good week for the United St. Maarten party (USp), its faction leader Claudius Buncamper and its founder Frans Richardson. Like attracts like, or as the Dutch like to say: soort zoekt More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, November 4th, 2021
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Being human

By Hilbert Haar MP Rolando Brison took the only option left to him by stepping down as president of parliament. Quite some people may think: good riddance, and on a certain level that is understandable. The documented More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, October 14th, 2021
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Political pipedreams

By Hilbert Haar The Central Plan Bureau in the Netherlands routinely analyses election programs of political parties before an election takes place. Such analyses show whether these programs are financially feasible, More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
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A flawed verdict highlighted

In September, GEBE, first alone and then together with the members of its supervisory board, filed  lawsuits against the company’s shareholder Country St. Maarten based on tort. More specifically, because Country More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, September 30th, 2021
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COHO: No choice at all

By Hilbert Haar The Kingdom Council of State has finalized its advice about the amended draft kingdom law COHO (Caribbean Organization for Reform and Development) but at the moment of this writing it was not published More...

By The Publisher On Monday, September 20th, 2021
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Online sales-tax: a fata morgana

By Hilbert Haar The idea to introduce a 7.5 percent tax on online purchases has triggered many questions. According to Minister Ardwell Irion (Finance) such a tax would “level the playing field” and encourage More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, August 17th, 2021
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Useless political saber rattling

By Hilbert Haar The history of St. Maarten’s Integrity Chamber is an interesting one. Parliamentarians bickered endlessly over the establishment of this institution and when they finally agreed with it in August More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, July 1st, 2021
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Financial chaos

By Hilbert Haar If you managed your household finances the way the government deals with its taxpayer-funded financial responsibilities you would probably have a hell of a row with your better half. Related article: More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, June 29th, 2021
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Empty promises

By Hilbert Haar Did the Court in First Instance rule in favor of Justice Minister Anna Richardson? Or did it rule in favor of the unions? Politicians have a talent for calling something that is actually black, More...






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