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How government ruined Air Lekkerbek

Dear Editor, In 2002 my wife and I purchased Air Lekkerbek, the plane on the Pondfill that was one of the major touristic attractions on the island and frequented by many residents. The business was bought as a retirement investment so that we...

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Dear Reader

Valya Lake-Pantophlet has put our collective legislative body called Parliament to shame.

As a private citizen, the young professional has presented, not one, not two, but three draft amendments on her own initiative. Click here to read the full story online.. .

How many new draft laws has our Parliament submitted over the past 7 going on 8 years? Don't worry, we'll wait while you count.

Just yesterday we wrote in our intro: "In any event, we intend to collect all these ideas put forward by candidates and over time after the elections, whether these candidates are elected or not, follow up with them on the practical implementation and execution of their ideas. Because in reality, one does not have to be elected to put an idea into practice. In other words, ideas should not be left up to only government, or when one is in government, to execute a plan. We tend too often to look to government to do things when in fact everyone outside of government do have the means and the abilities to get things done as well."

So let's look at this from the positive and not bash our fledgling 7-year old Parliament. St. Maarten is a young country, but the initiative taken by Valya shows that as a country and as a people we are heading in the right direction as we slowly develop into a mature well-rounded country where we as citizens don't have to depend on government only to do things for us.

Rest assured, we will be following up and monitoring the practical implementation and execution of the process surrounding these draft amendments. We commend Valya for the great initiative shown.

That being said... now for some huishoudelijke medelingen...

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Slap on the wrist for first Emerald-suspects

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Tromp initiates legal proceeding against his dismissal

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William carves space for Latin America and the Caribbean

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Information session on housing opportunities for teachers

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MP Connor commends Government and APS...

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SMCP held first ever cyber public meeting

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PSS extends agreement with Moneygram

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Minister of Tourism De Weever welcomes CN-Express Air...

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Build Back Better Week on St. Maarten from March 16 till ...

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EPIC recruiting volunteers for tree planting and Sentry...

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EPIC announces it can now offer the BirdSleuth program ...

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ASK THE DOCTOR: make the choice and take action to...

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Guyana Association Republic Day Message to All Guyanese

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Empower the Women and Youth for a stable society

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Press release University of Curaçao: All courses accredited

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Local murder suspect on Dutch wanted list

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