Monday , December 5 2022

Letters to the Editor offline

Opinion: Problem dogs on Saba

Dear editor, I have been reading about the goat problem being an important issue for Saba, for their effects on nature and on safety. They look cute and don’t harm people directly but still they are described as a nuisance, a cause of problems, a frequent subject for discussion and …

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Opinion Koos Sneek: Time to evaluate ZVK

As a result of a growing skepticism over the functioning of Zorgverzekeringskantoor Caribisch Nederland (ZVK), the island council members of Saba travelled to Bonaire to discuss their concerns with officials of the BES healthcare insurer. This came almost at the same time as the publication of the report of the …

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Opinion: Sabans deal with heartless doctors

Dear Editor, Please allow me space in your paper to tell of the kind of medical care that we Sabans are getting here on Saba and the heartless doctors that we have to deal with. My name is Beatrlx Zagers, I am not going to hide behind any false name, …

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Opinion: International Women's Day

A thank you to ALL the female un-sung heroes on International Women’s Day. To the waitresses, the bartenders, the shop owners, the hotel managers, the single mothers, the stay-at-home moms, the moms who work full time and still maintain a happy home, the educators and teachers, the volunteers, the committee …

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Opinion: Open Letter to Saban Community

Since the non-renewal of my contract at Saba Comprehensive School at the end of the 2013 – 2014 school year, I silently listened to rumors and to endless speculations as to what I am doing and why I am appealing the recent judgment against my lawsuit filed in January 2015. …

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Opinion: Establish A Working Committee

Mr. Editor, please allow writer to bring forward the following suggestion with the hope that it will be considered. Now that the Evaluation Report is out and official and also public notice I would like to suggest to the Honorable Island Council Members of the Public Entity of Saba to …

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Opinion: Saba Guru updates on SCS development

Dear editor, Please allow me again some space to update those interested in education on the current developments at the SCS. Communication: This academic school year, we as parents have not seen any communication from the school with regards to daily activities, school developments and improvements. Those who have internet …

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Opinion: Saba Guru reviews report onderwijsinspectie on performance SCS-Vocational stream

Dear Editor, On May 18th an inspection report was published by the Dutch Inspectorate based on the Vocational stream and the qualification of this stream/curriculum. This report can be found at http://www.onderwijsinspectie.nl/binaries/content/assets/caribisch-nederland/2015/kwaliteitsonderzoek-examinering-en-diplomering-saba-comprehensive-school I can’t remember that anybody, including PTA and MR and most of all the SCS, informed you about …

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Opinion: Dutch Influence on Saban Education

Dear Editor, We all witnessed the changes after 10-10-10. In order to evaluate the changes after 10-10-10 an evaluation committee has been appointed for us to check on the changes and which impact they have on us. Well let me just bring in my part on this. Education: Both schools …

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Opinion: the use of Facebook by some individuals on Saba

Dear Editor, Facebook should be a social media where you communicate with long lost friends, share your views on topics, post your and your families pictures in order that your contacts can view them. Facebook should be used in a positive manner. However more and more we see how people …

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Opinion: OCW representation on BES lacks quality

Dear editor, Thanks to your medium we all know now that Hans Kuilders is no longer the OCW representative on the BES islands. This actually means that the over 12 complaints made by teaching and non-teaching staff in 2012/2013 at the labor office on Saba, and reported to Mr. Kuilders, …

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Opinion: Ease the tension

Dear Editor, The tensions between the administrators on Statia and those in The Hague are flaring up again, and we are afraid that this time around not even that sweet tune of the Mighty Shadow, “Ease the Tension” can calm the hearts and the modernday chiefs in Statia and the …

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Opinion: Court case SEF

Dear Editor, On Friday June 12th the three ex-teachers and ex director finally had their court case against the SEF (Saba Educational Foundation). This is the foundation that did not renew their contracts for unknown reasons. I understand that during the hearing no ex-school board member was present, nor was …

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Opinion: ZVK is acting unprofessional

Dear Editor, Saba news doesn’t ask whats on your mind, but I will say whats on my mind: Unprofessional-ism @ ZVK I was contemplating writing this because what is the sense sometimes but I said why not let me voice me grievances. People do complain about ZVK and now I …

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Opinion: SCS – Time for a No Confidence Vote

Dear Editor, I’ve been sitting on the sidelines reading everyone’s comments to the recent article: Educational Innovation Leads to Success and I believe that we need to get our act together and register our comments directly with the decision makers who control Saba Comprehensive School: Saba Educational Foundation Board. It’s pointless …

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Opinion: Saba Guru gives update on SCS situation

Dear Editor, After a period of quietness, it is time for an update on the SCS issues. Last time I wrote on Saba News was February 6th. Since then a lot of things have occurred, probably without noticing them since they want to keep things quiet. I mentioned the care …

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Opinion: No Democratization without Decolonization

Dear Editor, In case you haven’t heard, there are university students protesting on the streets of Amsterdam. They are irate at what they consider the authoritarian and deceitful attitude of the board of directors of the University of Amsterdam! They claim that they are being told, “just shut up and …

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Opinion: Integrity Chamber Kingdom–wide

In an opinion the Daily Herald writes about the fact that the Central Committee meeting regarding the Integrity Chamber for which there was no quorum last week has been rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon (see related story). Hopefully, enough parliamentarians will find the time on this occasion to deal with this …

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Editorial in The Daily Herald: “Never a dull moment”

Wednesday’s Island Council elections in the Caribbean Netherlands produced some intriguing results. Especially Bonaire’s three-way tie in seats caught the eye, but developments on St. Eustatius and Saba also were exciting, to say the least. On Bonaire it looked for a long time as though PDB was headed for a …

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Opinion: Solar Power for Saba is not the obvious solution

Dear editor, This article is in response to the Saba Electric Company (SEC) statement printed in The Daily Herald of Monday, March 9-2-015. The main theme of the article concerns the consideration to attempt to use Solar Photovoltaic Panels (SPP) in order to generate electrical power using direct sunlight. At …

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Opinion: High cost of Living

Dear Editor, During election time the discussions often become heated. Focus is often diverted to side issues from the main challenges that are difficult to resolve. There was a lot of commotion on your site about the origin of the mail published in my last letter to the editor. There …

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Opinion: Party strategies: how does it work inside?

Dear editor, There is one week to go before the 2014 elections take place. I have received many reactions to my first opinion piece that you have published so kindly. In this piece I would like to share with you what I have learned about the political culture on Saba. …

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Opinion: Is a new school a solution for SCS issues ?

When I wrote the opinion piece: Shaping the Future of SCS, it was unclear how you would react but I did know that there wasn’t any middle ground.  I wanted us to talk because I continue to believe that this conversation we are having about Saba Comprehensive School is important. …

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Opinion: Shape the future of SCS

Dear Editor, I’ve been reading all the various comments about the current state of education at Saba Comprehensive School and there seems to be a universal consensus that the state of education at SCS is in trouble. I learned a long time ago that everything emanates from the TOP, good …

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Opinion: State of moorings affects Saba tourism – Updated

Dear Editor, We have sent the following email to  Dozlyn Pouchie a Saba Bank National Park Officer and to your local Chamber of Commerce. We are concerned cruising sailors and do not want to see Saba hurt by something that can be easily fixed. We discussed the decrease in tourism …

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Opinion: the Saba recycling program

Opinion article published in The Daily Herald: Dear Editor, Thank you for allowing me this space in your well read newspaper. Today, February 27, the Island Government of Saba will open its new state-of-theart recycling facility, and officially launch the Recycle for Saba programme. This project will reform not only …

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Opinion: Saba's government should become more democratic

Dear Editor, I hope that you will allow me to share my views on the coming elections with my fellow compatriots on Saba. I am a journalist from the European part of the Netherlands. I realize that, at first hand, many Saba residents may not be very interested in my …

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Opinion about  “Open Skies” with US

The Daily Herald writes that today’s report that the possibility of an Open Skies agreement with the United States (US) was discussed during the recent Routes America Conference (see related article in the Daily Herald) is encouraging. It also seems like a no-brainer, considering there appear to be no national …

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Opinion: Stop Bashing Sabans

Dear Editor, Mr editor I am writing this article in the hope that you will have it published. Concerning the incident that took place last Friday into Saturday in the Bottom area. I would like to voice my point on this matter. I was no where in the vicinity , …

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Opinion: more progress needed at SCS

Dear editor, I am sorry that I have to write on your webpage again, but seen the developments in education I feel that it is my duty to keep the public of Saba informed about the developments which will affact their children’s future. I wrote to Saba News on October …

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Opinion: SCS still faces multiple challenges

Dear editor, On October 9th, 2014 I wrote an article on Saba News, stating that the SCS was in big problems. On November 26th again I highlighted the problems at the SCS in a letter to the Commissioner. Now, more than 3 months later I have to conclude that the …

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