Tag archive for ‘Opinion’
Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Monday, March 18th, 2019

A wasted opportunity

By Hilbert Haar Anti-Poverty Platform chairman Drs. Raymond Jessurun usually does a good job defending the position of underprivileged citizens. His tireless work gives a voice to the voiceless and that deserves More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Another missed opportunity

By Hilbert Haar Parliament missed yet another opportunity to make clear where it stands on corruption and money laundering on Friday afternoon. It does not come as a surprise because every time “one of their own” More...

Pallets of Cash
By The Publisher On Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Invisible money

By Hilbert Haar De-risking has become a buzzword in the financial world. Banks risk huge fines if they do business with clients that are associated with money laundering. Therefore, they create a risk-profile and More...

New Members of Parliament Oath of Office Governor - 20180402 KABGSXM
By The Publisher On Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

The true value of our parliamentarians

By Hilbert Haar It is not for the first time that the bloated remuneration of parliamentarians in St. Maarten has drawn the attention from politicians in the Netherlands. The issue is not new, because shortly after More...

Parliament meeting on PSS with Chairlady - 18 Feb 2019
By The Publisher On Friday, February 22nd, 2019

True colors

By Hilbert Haar This morning the political life of Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin and Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Stuart Johnson hangs in the balance. There are two motions of no confidence on the More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, February 14th, 2019

An interesting move

By Hilbert Haar Not for the first time, the Progress Committee – the club that monitors how St. Maarten is doing with the execution of Plans of Approach for the police force and the prison – has sounded More...

StMaartenNews Opinion
By The Publisher On Thursday, January 17th, 2019


By Hilbert Haar There is no doubt that financial supervision is useful. St. Maarten agreed to this supervision when it obtained country status in 2010. The question is now: did financial supervision improve our More...

SXM Airport ribbon cutting ceremony opening temp terminal building
By The Publisher On Thursday, December 20th, 2018

This does not add up

By Hilbert Haar Oh, oh, St. Maarten managed to generate some bad publicity again and the attempts by Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin to explain herself do not come across as utterly convincing. The story is this More...

StMaartenNews Opinion
By The Publisher On Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

The responsibility of school boards

By Hilbert Haar The case of the dismissed guidance counselor Zeynep Sabahoglu by the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE) shows once more how irresponsible the board members of such organizations More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Friday, May 18th, 2018

An app for hearing better

By Hilbert Haar Here is a story for people like me whose ability to hear is going down the tubes. At age 68, my hearing is not what it used to be. Sometimes, my wife has to ask me something three times before I More...