Saturday , November 18 2017

Letters to the Editor

Opinion in The Daily Herald: “Happy Kingdom Day”

The Kingdom Charter will have existed 60 years on Monday. A lot has happened since, but all things considered the document signed by then-Queen Juliana has stood the test of time fairly well.It was the result of a decolonisation process that started after World War II and gave both Suriname …

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Opinion: Mango tree in the Bottom should stay

Dear Editor, It seems there are a lot of our folks that are a quite upset because of the plan to chop down that beautiful mango tree here in the Bottom. I am glad to see our Saba people standing up and voicing their concerns. This tree has been there …

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Opinion: Police should show more activity

Dear Editor, On Saturday last I was driving through Windwardside and traffic was crazy. The area alongside the bakery at Breadline is being used as a parking spot. We can’t blame those who park there because if the law is not enforced or, better let me ask the question do …

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Editorial in The Daily Herald: “Maturity required”

Thankfully, a majority of the fractions in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament rejected the idea floated by the liberal democratic VVD and Socialist Party (SP) for a commonwealth with St. Maarten, Aruba and Curaçao as independent countries (see related article). It was pointed out correctly that the right …

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Opinion: Saba Day program contains no culture.

Dear Editor, With Saba Day celebrations just days away, I have taken note of the program line up. How sad it is that the entire weekend activities do no have not even one single cultural event on it. For those of you who kept informed or even went to Statia …

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Opinion: Re-location of incinerator is required

Letter to the Editor of The Daily Herald: Dear Editor, This letter concerns our good government’s solution for the waste disposal problem on Saba. After so many complaints about the toxic emissions from the present incinerator and the health hazards it poses to the entire school population and residents of …

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Opinion in The Daily Herald: “Realistic outcome for Statia”

In their editorial The Daily Herald writes today: It’s a democratic decision taken by the Island Council, but going over the various options in next month’s constitutional referendum of St. Eustatius one can’t help but wonder what prospects the result will create. One argument often used to justify a third …

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Opinion: Lessons learned from St. Maarten elections campaign

In March 2015 there will be elections for for our local government. For those interested, there may be some lessons learned from the recent elections on St. Maarten. The Daily herald published today the following “Letter-to the Editor” from student. To whom it may concern: Dear Editor, I’m a third …

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Opinion: The Daily Herald on yesterday’s plane crash

Editorial The Daily Herald: Questions were being asked following Wednesday’s plane crash off the St. Maarten coast in which one person was killed and another still missing up to press time last night. Some people wondered whether it had been responsible to take off from Princess Juliana International Airport SXM …

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Opinion: The Daily Herald editorial on re-colonisation

In its editorial The Daily Herald writes today: MAN leader Charles Cooper did the right thing by apologising for saying “blood will flow” should the Kingdom Government try to apply in Curaçao the same instruction given to the Governor of St. Maarten on the screening of candidate ministers (see related …

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Opinion: Editorial The Daily Herald

In their Editorial of today, the Daily Herald writes that it appears that the incoming UP/DP/Marlin-Romeo coalition plans to fight tooth and nail the instruction by the Kingdom Council of Ministers regarding the screening of nominees to become minister. Today’s Parliament meeting probably will lead to some type of action …

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Opinion: SCS in big problems

Dear Editor, We all know that the SCS has gone through hectic times since August 18th. First we did not have all the teachers in place due to visa regulations etc. In a news letter the director applauded the Dutch colleagues for being here on time (THEY DID NOT NEED …

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“Brighter Path” objects to evaluation committee

The Daily Herald writes that Brighter Path Foundation (BPF) objects to the composition of the evaluation committee, which is to supervise the evaluation of the new constitutional status for the Dutch public entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. BPF is disturbed by the fact that no persons from Saba and …

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Wrong message

In an opinion in The Daily Herald one can read as follows: Today’s plenary debate in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on the proposal to take away the voting rights of foreign residents in the Caribbean Netherlands promises to be interesting. At least two opposition parties oppose such …

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Opinion: Towards a better school system for Saba

Dear Editor, It is very sad to see where we have come since teachers and Mr. Hemmie were told we were no longer needed at SCS. The Board and the powers to be should have taken a hint from the protests of the students, the teachers and the community….but they …

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Geothermal energy on Saba: absolutely within reach

(Opinion, published in The Daily Herald)  Dear Editor, Last Monday, the answer of Minister Plasterk on behalf of his colleague Minister Kamp directed to the General Assembly in the Netherlands was made public. He indicated in his answer that at this moment, the time and opportunity to explore geothermal energy …

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Opinion: rally against crime is needed

Dear Editor, On Wednesday August 20th, 2014, two young men were sent from Statia to Bonaire for pre-trail detention.   They are suspected of committing various robberies on the island.   I do not know the intricacies of the two cases to comment on these charges and will absolutely make no attempt …

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Opinion: SCS not ready for the future.

Dear Editor, First of all, thank you Rene, for bringing some light in this darkness out of Statia. It seems that miracles work. Reason for this is because here on Saba we are still in the dark and not knowing which course we should sale. The school board promised us …

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Opinion: Not all new teachers are present at school start

Dear Editor, The attached letter was sent to Saba Educational Foundation Board on Thursday, August 14, 2014, and up to now we haven’t received a response from the school board. I went to the school this morning and found out that the new teachers are not in school today, only …

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Opinion: “I think communication was obviously lacking.”

“I think communication was obviously lacking” was what Raquel Granger said in the article published in The Daily Herald on July 17, 2014, which recapped the long awaited meeting between the Saba Educational Board and the Saba Parent Association.  I think many of us would agree that communication was lacking.  …

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Opinion: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Dear Editor, There is an age old expression that actions speak louder than words.  The illustrious school board was slapped in the face today by the returning teachers.  Before, I get to the point you need to know that the board accused the former director Mr. Hemmie van Xanten, of …

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Opinion: “Costly error?”

Opinion published in The Daily Herald. The questions posed by St Maarten’s Member of Parliament Johan “Janchi” Leonard (UP) about Winair (see Friday Daily Herald) deserve an answer. If indeed the government-owned carrier owes US $4.1 million to a company in Guadeloupe for wet-leasing an ATR plane, the former policeman’s …

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Opinion: Do we have our priorities straight?

Statia News has published the following contribution from Mr. Koos Sneek, President DP Statia. It focusses on issues that also are being discussed on Saba. Dear Editor, There is a continuing discussion steered up by organizations such as Brighter Path Foundation, the Pro Statia movement and most political parties on …

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Opinion: Does S4 meet the needs of Statian Students?

The letter-to-the-editor published below has been first published in Statia News. The issues may also apply to students from Saba. Dear Editor, Please allow me some space to share the sentiments of my heart concerning a matter that is dear to me. It pertains to the guidance program put in …

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Opinion: Going Dutch on St. Maarten

In its editotrial of today the Daily Herald applauds the launching of an Expat Handbook for St. Maarten (see Wednesday paper) as a promising development. Titled “Welkom op Sint Maarten! The Friendly Island,” it targets families and individuals moving here (temporarily) from the Netherlands and (Flemish part of) Belgium to …

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Opinion: Bullying Isn’t Only Done by Children.

Dear Editor, I was talking to a parent a few days ago and she told me that prior to Hemmie Van Xanten’s arrival the situation at SCS was deplorable.  Gangs, bullying, fighting and calling the police were the norm and since he became the director all that stopped.  I think …

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Opinion: History Always Repeats Itself!

Dear Editor, To be clear, I’m talking about the SEF Board. I’m not really interested, at this moment, in asking for the board to explain why they chose not to renew certain teachers’ contracts since they claim that’s their exclusively right.  I’m willing to accede that specific point at the …

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Opinion: To OCW or Not to OCW, That’s the Question!

Dear Editor, I’m sure by now everyone has heard that the SEF Board decided to unilaterally cancel a meeting with the parents of students at SCS.  The board cited a lot of reasons why they needed to reschedule the meeting one of which was that OCW could attend.  Is that …

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Opinion: Open letter to Commissioner Johnson

Dear Education Commissioner Johnson I have some comments for you regarding the SCS Boards decision not to renew our contracts. Here are some things to think about and hopefully consider. 1. When we were hired by the ‘Board’ we never interviewed with the Board. We were interviewed by the school …

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Opinion in The Daily Herald: “Tangible results”

The agreement to involve the Dutch Government with geothermal research in the Windward Islands (see Saturday paper) is one of the positive points to come out of last week’s Inter-Parliamentary Consultation Kingdom IPOK. St. Eustatius and Saba as special overseas public entities of the Netherlands probably would be able to …

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Opinion: Free movement of people in the Kingdom should be the target

The Daily Herald published a comment on the Kingdom Conference writing that it certainly wasn’t shocking news, but last week Tuesday’s report about agreeing during the recent Kingdom Conference to continue in writing discussions on the movement of people is a positive sign. Rather than persisting with the political rhetoric of directly opposing views …

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