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This article is for people to understand what education cannot do.
Education defines as the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life. Another definition is the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession or a degree, level, or kind of schooling.
Education is good, listen carefully, I do not want you to agree or disagree, I need you to understand me. Education can give you a comfortable life and also lots of money.
But education cannot save your soul. The danger about education is that some people let it become idolatry.
The Bible describes idolatry as the worship of an image or a created object. Idolatry is anything that comes between us and God.
In many universities throughout the world, education is used against the teaching of God and also to mock Christianity.
Many people use education as a tool to save the world. That in itself is deception.
Many people use education to promote immorality and to indoctrinate people against Christ. Notice I said Christ, not God.
Because many universities acknowledge there is a God but not a Christ.
Worse yet politics have entered our educational system which is creating more confusion. Education cannot give you a good heart.
Education cannot make you a moral person. Education cannot make you accept Christ.
Education is good but never idolize it because if you do it can be very destructive.
Remember, education cannot change the heart of man to be good. Only God can do that.
Education is good but it is not the savior, only Jesus Christ is. Romans 1:22: Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
The conclusion is education has its limitation. But Christ covers a realm that is everlasting with the knowledge that education is far too limited to accomplish.
The Supremacy is only Jesus Christ. The only idol is Jesus Christ. Be careful who or what you worship and do not educate yourself to be a fool.
Remember, choices have consequences. Choose wisely.
I reaffirm only Christ is Supremacy.
The Patriot Miguel Arrindell
My sister and I have always been close and I have always been there for her when she needed a shoulder to cry on. But recently when I needed someone to talk to about a problem I was having she just kind of brushed me off and later when I complained about the way she had treated me at that time she got mad at me for criticizing her.
Queenie, do you think this is fair?—Sister feeling used
No, it is not fair, but that is how things are sometimes. Some people are better at taking help than at giving it, and because up to now you did not need that kind of help you just did not notice that your sister is like that.
Try to accept her for what she is and focus on all her good qualities.
I got divorced when my children were in their 20s. Since then they blame me for everything that goes wrong in their lives, because of everything they say I did wrong as their mother, including staying with their father as long as I did.
I have tried to explain to them about my decisions back then, but they don’t want to hear about it, they just stop talking to me.
Queenie, how can I fix this?—Desperate mother
As usual, I recommend professional counselling to help you learn to cope with your children. If you can get them to go with you – to help them learn to understand your side of the story – so much the better.
In joint representation of the Curaçao LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender – Ed.] Community in general and a large group of Roman Catholic members of that community in particular, we express our profound hurt, grief and incomprehension at your participation at the rally against the Marriage Equality Bill last Friday, July 12, at the Alameda in Punda (downtown Willemstad).
A conscientious people work to define, design and determine their own future.
I have an older sibling who has kids ages 15 and 5, living with me and other family members. I have a mortgage with my other sibling and together we take care of our unemployed parents and responsibilities of the house.
My older sibling is a three-time divorcee and we help her with the kids as much as we can, even though we do not have enough space to accommodate her, the kids and her belongings.
We have had this experience of her moving in and out several times and the other family members just got tired of it. We have warned her many times after her first divorce to save something on the side should this happen again, but she hasn’t .
I have extreme resentment towards her. We only charge her pocket change to assist with the house bills so that she can concentrate on getting herself back on her feet and find her own place. It is now 9 years that she and the kids are living with us and she refuses to leave because she says that she does not earn as much as me and that I should find a place for her to live in.
She claims she sought assistance everywhere (low income housing, financial aid, etc.) but it was not successful.
Queenie, any input or advice would be greatly appreciated.—Fed Up
Dear Fed Up,
As long as you continue to let your older sibling live with you rent-free she will continue to take advantage of your generosity, because she will have no motivation to do otherwise. The fact that she does not earn as much as you do does not give her the right to sponge off of her more fortunate relatives and does not give you any obligation to her.
To start with, you should be charging her a reasonable amount of rent – more than mere pocket change. If you do not feel right about taking her money, put it in a savings account (one that she does not have access to) to be used for finding her someplace else to live and paying the cost of moving there.
You might also accompany her on her quest for assistance, and/or do some research about it on her behalf. You did not mention whether she is receiving child support from her children’s father(s). If she is not, she should be, as long as the children are underage.
And I hope she is at least helping with the physical work – housework, for example – of maintaining a home.
I have always been independent and since I graduated college I have had good jobs and lived on my own without any help from my parents.
However, my brother still lives with them and depends on them for almost everything. Sometimes he gets a low-paying or part-time job but it usually doesn’t last very long.
Queenie, I know this is really up to my parents, but should I maybe say something about it?—Disgusted brother
You could point out to your parents that they are not doing your brother any favour by allowing him to remain dependent on them.
However, have you considered the possibility that your brother may have some medical or psychological problem that prevents him from being able to live on his own?
You might also discuss with your parents what will become of your brother when they are no longer able – or around – to take care of him.
We commend your cabinet’s recent historical declarations on July 1, 2019, in commemoration of July 1, 1863, 156 years after your government’s proclamation of the abolition law, finally a sign, a sprout, of compassion and humanity towards the descendants, the diaspora of our dehumanized ancestors, victims of your criminally inhuman economy.
The Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Mrs. Ollongren stated “that the government cannot turn back time, but deeply regrets that slavery is part of our common history” and the Minister of Social Affairs Mr. Koolmees confessed: “... that is not only the stories about the past that hurt, but that today’s indifference can do that just as well.” These declarations have lit a flame of hope again in this deepest everlasting dark historical tunnel of Dutch unconsciousness about the racism part of their economy.
We all know that the abolition law of slave trade in 1814 and the1818 law that made participation a criminal offense led up to continued discussions in your parliament. For more than half a century, they debated not the humanitarian beliefs or feelings of shame about this form of commerce, but a defense of the Dutch rationale of economic pragmatism, condemning slavery in theory, but allowing its continuation in practice up to 1863 and beyond. And up to now all your governments have kept yourselves and yours and our peoples in a state of cognitive dissonance through cultural, educational, legal, and colonial manipulation, denying the fact that your government was one of the cruelest colonizers in the world’s history.
In the light of the cabinet’s official recognition of the crimes against our ancestors and thus accepting the responsibility of being the continuation of your predecessors’ racist and economic crimes committed against us, the descendants of the victims, we would like to kindly request you the following:
As it took almost two centuries for your government to recognize and regret that what you did to our ancestors was wrong, criminal and inhumane, we are afraid it may take a similar time-span, another two centuries for your government to apologize, a natural logical human deed.
That as your government seems not to be in the state-of-mind to apologize due to the reasons mentioned above and we would not like to start a discussion with you on reparations as that is impossible in the current colonial occupation you hold us, we would like to ask you and your government that same simple question as your first chair of your first national assembly, during the Batavian constitutional debate, Pieter Paulus asked in 1796: “In which way all human beings can be considered equal?”
Yes, the same question remains today 222 years later: “In which way – Are we, your so-called “Kingdom partners”, who were as recent as October 10, 2010, annexed, re-occupied, re-colonized, and embedded in your constitution under unequal rights against the our free will, – considered equal human beings?
We truly hope that the two honorable Ministers, same as Pieter Paulus was called “apostle of humanity”, they will be called the “apostles of decolonization” and not yet another modernized version of Piet Hein personified by colleague state-secretary and ex-military Mr. Knops who could be portraying Piet Hein, but now by terrorizing us all in the Caribbean with his WIC-VOC mentality and approach and who abuses his powers by unilateral legal actions with your approval.
We wholeheartedly feel that our wish to decolonize is not unrealistic and is as real as Mrs. Ollongren’s realization that time cannot be turned back as she declared. Born in the former Dutch colony Sumatra to Finnish-Swede parents, she possesses a diluted Dutch-ancestral-colonial DNA and her M.A. in history gives her all the possibilities to understand colonialism and its only cure: decolonization. A same miracle we expect from Mr. Koolmees with his doctor degree in social and institutional economics and as researcher at The Dutch Economic Institute he surely must understand that the major part of the riches and wealth which he and his government inherited and benefit today, was acquired through the colonial-slavery-criminal-economy tainted with the blood, sweats, and tears of our ancestors. No wonder he clearly admitted that the indifference today is as cruel and painful as the past, because as an expert he indeed knows.
Finally, we herewith kindly request you to cease being an accomplice to the continuation of Dutch colonialism, declared a crime against humanity by the United Nations and to follow up on your recent brave declarations. Our King Willem-Alexander, as a non-political symbol of Dutch colonial legacy, could lead the re-conciliation and healing process by apologizing with humanitarian compassion and not matter-of-factly based on Dutch economic rationale. In this process, we advise you to reevaluate the role and actions of Mr. Knops. The damage he has done so far to your carefully fabricated humanitarian philanthropic world image can hardly be undone other than through a genuine declaration of remorse followed by an immediate resignation.
To summarize all the above: if you indeed recognize that colonialism is a crime and regret that your government is participating in and supporting it, then please follow up and respect our Bonerian 2015 and Sint Eustatius 2014 referenda, expressions of the voice and free will of our people that legally and democratically rejected the imposed colonial structure. And please, comply with your UN Charter obligations and resume the decolonization process by respecting and restoring our inherited and acquired sacred and fundamental human rights of self-determination and self-governance.
We thank you for your attention and look forward to your compliance, as hope is all we need, that, “one day, we shall overcome.”
James Finies, president Foundation We Want Bonaire Back
Our grown-up daughter still lives with us even though she has a full-time job and could afford a place of her own. She doesn’t help around the house and when I ask her to do something she always has an excuse not to, and my husband, her father, says she shouldn’t have to because she works full-time and we are retired, so I end up doing all the housework.
Queenie, do you agree with him?—Retired mother
No. If your daughter has a job, she should be paying rent, plus something for the food she eats, or she should be helping with the housework.
If her father does not agree with this, let him do the housework for a while and then see if he still feels the same way.
Presently in both French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten, we are seeing the challenges that exist.
And many are calling for us to unite as a people and they do not understand why it is not happening. But St. Maarten/St. Martin embraces wrong values and not patriotism.
The original grassroots foundation was promoting patriotism and love of country and at that time many people turned the blind eye and ridiculed us.
Worst yet they promote a term “local”. What is local? A local is not a St. Maartener.
French and Dutch European can and will always dominate St. Maarten/St. Martin because we have no soul meaning in-depth love and loyalty to the country.
We are weak people always willing to make others fit in and feel comfortable while we are excluded, and then like fools, we wonder why we cannot move forward.
Mark my word, as long as you use the term local you just defeat patriotism because local means all people be it illegal or legal that are living here a long time.
Why should an illegal or legal person fight for St. Maarten, their interest is of financial purpose.
If any people do not put heritage and bloodline first quite frankly they deserve to be oppressed. Your choice is weakness and being weak has severe consequences.
I am a St. Maartener not a local with a French and Dutch nationality. My loyalty is to St. Maarten/St. Martin before Holland and France.
I could care less who does not like me for what I stand for and I will die with that value.
Patriotism defined by me and for me is putting the people of St. Maarten heritage and bloodline first before any other person with Dutch or French nationality.
I dislike very much when I see people of St. Maarten heritage call themselves local, I will lose respect for you.
If the people are afraid to define and to say what is your identity every other identity and nationality by default will dominate or oppress you.
Quite frankly, while I disagree with what Holland and France are doing to St. Maarten/St. Martin I cannot blame them.
France and Holland interest is nationality and by right they’re defending the Kingdom and Republic because they know who they are. Do you?
Our governments on both sides just do not get, define who is a St. Maartener/St. Martiner and make laws to complement our lifestyle and values within the constitution of the Dutch Kingdom and France. My personal opinion is to engage and discuss with France and Holland to come up with a solution how best to fit St. Maarten/St. Martin and stop with the color nonsense.
While most St. Maarten/St. Martin people are of negro origin we also have real bloodline and heritage St. Maarteners who are white and brown also.
You only can fix St. Maarten/St. Martin if you can identify who is a St. Maartener/St. Martiner. Refusal to engage in discussion empowers the European.
My interest as a grassroots St. Maartener is not the same as an Indian or Chinese or Arab or European and it has nothing to do with color, it has to do with lifestyle, culture and bloodline.
Choices have consequences. Choose wisely.
The Patriot Miguel Arrindell
A friend of mine had an affair and had a child with his byside so he left his wife to be with her and the child.
However, after a while he realized that she was abusive and trying to control him and she wouldn’t let him have a relationship with his other children, so he went back to his wife.
Now the ex-byside won’t let him see their child and she tells everyone lies about what a terrible person he is. He thinks he has to put up with all this because he cheated on his wife.
Queenie, shouldn’t he be able to defend himself?—A friend of his
When you hear any of the lies, be sure to tell everyone the truth about your friend. But do not say anything bad about the ex-byside. Once people know the truth about your friend, they will also be able to see the truth about her.
Road-kill accidents have sent shock waves through the community these days. More young people are dying in road accidents than ever before. I am sad by the fatalities of so many young adults who lost their lives in 2019 by road-kill accidents. It is extremely heartbreaking to their loved ones left behind, who care so much about them. Why are so many fatalities and how can they be avoided?
It will take the awareness of everyone in the community: the police, sociologists, psychologists, friends and families to provide answers to these questions. Sometimes babies are caught up in these accidents as well. In the fast lane many stray animals ended up in road-kill. Animals such as iguanas, mongooses, cats and dogs became victims of fatal accidents. Looking at these innocent creatures lying there makes you feel very sad by the death of these animals.
When it comes to young people as victims, it is always: how could this have happened to someone? Drivers on the road who are victims of substance abuse, or intoxicated drivers, do not let harmful substances take control of your brain during driving on the road. When too much harmful substances are consumed, it will act-up on the central nervous system and the driver may end up in hallucination.
During driving on the road, motorists must be conscious at all times in order to prevent road-kill accidents. Do not become a victim of substance abuse while driving: the life you save might be your own. Life is too precious to throw it away foolishly. Motorists using the fast lanes and highways must pay special attention to all road safety signs. There are many young riders on mopeds and motorcycles still ignoring traffic signs on overtaking. They should be aware of pedestrians crossing the roads, and collision can be fatal.
Too many deaths have been taking place lately, and if nothing is being done to prevent these fatalities, many more lives will be lost. We should respect all motorists and pedestrians using roads and highways in the country. Warning: running red lights and speed limits signs is a crime, and can lead to fatal accidents. Anyone involved in this act will be arrested and prosecuted, especially if found under the influence of substance abuse.
To protect lanes and highways, there must be proper markings on the road with posted traffic signs. Most of the livelihood depends on transporting tourists and local people for a living. If the tourists choose to drive themselves and the motorists driving passengers, or even schoolchildren for a living – there must be good roads with proper posted traffic signs to help all individuals.
The government must stop creating “Jungle Paths” in the country. Dirt roads used by drivers should be surfaced, and damage to asphalt roads and lanes must be resurfaced as well to help prevent road-kill accidents.
Highly paved roads and highways are very important to the local people and tourists. To prevent fatal accidents among people: do we have enough traffic signs posted along the roads, lanes and highways? Are there enough speed bumps and speed limits, right and left turns, and also no entries signs to guide motorists in the fast lanes and highways? However, life in the fast lane will continue its course, and members of the public should exercise caution along the way to prevent other fatal accidents in the future.
Finally, too many innocent lives have been lost. Two important pieces of information are listed here for consideration as follows: to those in education – “he who builds schools reaps men”, (Jose Marti). To the leaders of this country – “if you can’t run the country bring in POPOLANI”.
I have some food allergies and have to be careful what I eat, but when I visit my family they keep serving things they know I can’t eat and telling me how good they are and I really should have just a taste.
Queenie, what’s a good way to get them to stop doing this?—Fed up
Dear Fed up,
Just say – as sweetly as you manage – “You know I am allergic to that and my doctor has told me not to eat it. Why would you want me to eat something that would make me sick?”
By Alex Rosaria
Pay attention because this week the Caribbean will be the venue of an old dispute between the “two Chinas”. Two Chinas? Since 1949, two countries with the name China exist. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC) also known as Taiwan. The PRC claims Taiwan as its province, but doesn’t control Taiwan as part of its territory. Taiwan is recognized by only 17 countries of which 8 are situated in the Caribbean Basin.
The PRC over the last 10 years has spent USD billions in aid to those countries that recognize Beijing. The PRC doesn’t engage in diplomatic relations with any country that recognizes Taiwan. The PRC has been able to use its wallet to convince many countries over the years to dump Taiwan, including the Dominican Republic and Panama. Taiwan is, however, tenaciously holding on to its influence.
Adding to what I have described as the New Cold War in the Caribbean, enters Taiwan the stage. Taiwan’s pro-independence President Tsai Ing-wen will spend four nights in the US during her trip to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Haiti from July 11-20. This has angered the PRC which urged the White House not to allow her to visit.
Taiwan’s visit to this area must be seen in a bigger perspective. First, we must consider America’s re-commitment to Taiwan under President Trump. Trump’s very first telephone call to a foreign leader was with the President of Taiwan. Taiwan’s presence here could be a jab at the PRC at a time when Washington is pushing Beijing in the South China Sea and is frustrated with trade negotiation with the PRC, concerns regarding Hong Kong and PRC’s unfettered support of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro. Additionally, the US is preparing to sell Taiwan USD 2 billion worth of military equipment.
How this will play out remains to be seen. Taiwan understands very well, however, that with Washington’s commitment, now is the time to re-engage the Caribbean Basin and shore up its diplomatic alliances.
Curaçao recognizes the PRC.
Alex David Rosaria (50) is from Curaçao and has an MBA from University of Iowa. He is a former Member of Parliament, Minister of Economic Affairs, State Secretary of Finance and UN Implementation Officer in Africa and Central America.
A friend of mine had an affair with a married man and it’s not the first time he has cheated on his wife. I happen to know that the wife suspected what was going on, but her husband managed to convince her that it wasn’t so.
Queenie, should I tell her the truth?—Undecided
If there is a chance that the man’s wife has caught a sexually transmitted disease from him she should be told about the affair, but other than that stay out of it. Being forced to face the fact that her husband was/is not faithful to her would surely make her angry, and she might be just as angry at you for telling her about it as she is at him for his adultery.
Greetings in God’s name.
Let me get straight to the point, every time you open the paper you hear Mr. Lee or Giterson or the Minister of Justice, but people do forget very fast. They say Minister of Justice is not doing anything when it comes to Mr. Theo. Do you remember when Mr. Fernando scandal his name of the Minister of Justice so bad and all was a lie? Then they lie so bad on Mr. Franc they even lock him up. Then it went on Mr. Johnson Minister of Tourism – then all lies and if they could have locked him up they would have as well.
Now come back to Mr. Giterson: I use to drink as well and nobody who does drink can tell me that they don’t know that you could of drink last night, went to sleep and the alcohol does not leave your blood right away; you get up, you are not drunk but the alcohol is still on your breath. Please stop the stupidness. I am using this because I know, I used to drink more than 36 years and sometimes I feel if I take a blood test rum will be there still and I haven’t drunk a drink for almost 4 years.
They say all kind of things on Mr. Lee because they want him to be their puppet and it can’t work. When they ready they are on the Prime Minister – they say she give away St. Maarten. When are they going to stop and work together?
They say so much about Mr. Marlin. They say Christophe gives away land, before he leaves office he wanted to fix the dump but they would not let him do it, when it has almost everybody dying to check how many people died after Irma and people still don’t have a home.
When Mr. Wathey was ruling people used to get help and then you hear that all kind of things bad. When are the people in office going to grow up and help people? I am homeless but I make my home in a container. God is Great.
I am begging all the ministers to help the people they say they love; they say they love their people and their country.
Stop fighting. Put God in your heart, so stop fighting, ministers. Luc Mercelina know that to vote against Mr. Lee so he did just what they wanted him to do; he forgot how he got on the list, who recommended him – he forgot.
Again the same person he is against today. God doesn’t like bad, he doesn’t like ugly. They have a saying: “Stop spitting in the sky.” Put your heads together and start helping the people. We need help, not only fights. When are they going to stop and care for their people?
From the Homeless
My parents are very religious and brought me up in their church. However, when I was in college I started to get interested in how other churches and other religions worship and I learned a lot about them.
Now I am engaged to a man who is of a different faith than my parents and I have been going to his place of worship with him. My parents have noticed that I do not go to church with them anymore and they want to know what I am doing instead.
Queenie, should I tell them the truth or try to cover up what I am doing? I don’t want them to get mad at my fiancé for converting me, because that is not what is happening. I made my own decision.—Daughter
Even if he did not make any effort to convert you, I am sure your feelings for your fiancé had – or will have – some influence on your final decision.
Do not lie to your parents. Sooner or later they would learn the truth and the fact that you had lied to them would only make matters worse. If you have decided to convert to a different religion than theirs, you must have the courage and the strength to stand up for your beliefs – and hope that eventually they will become reconciled to what you have done.
My girlfriend and I have been going together for a couple of months and I want us to start living together and think about getting engaged, but she doesn’t seem to be very enthusiastic about the idea. She says we should wait a couple of more months and then talk about it again. That’s a long time to wait and not even be sure anything will happen.
Queenie, how can I get her to start moving along?—Impatient
There is a very good reason for the old saying “Marry in haste, repent at leisure” or in your case “Move in together in haste …”. You get the idea.
Do not press your girlfriend to do anything she is not ready for. That would be begging for an ending you might not like.
On the street the opinions concerning the dismissed Minister of VSA are extensive. It would appear to be that he has become “the story”, which should not be the case. What the story should be about is how his dismissal procedure occurred and what it says about the present and future stability of government; after all, that is what is going to affect us and our children moving forward.
The performance of Ministers is in our constitution entrusted to the governing party. Their range of tasks is wide and the portfolios often very complex and they also have to work in a team which is the COM [Council of Ministers – Ed.]. They deserve, like every employee, to have only one boss! That boss/supervisor/manager should, like any supervisor, be consistent and clear in respect to priorities and their expectations. That boss should not suddenly have the expectations switch on him or her.
In the political sphere that “boss man” can change at a moment’s notice with a change in majority, but whilst a consistent coalition is in power that should not happen. Any future minister should have the assurance that whilst the coalition that is in power remains in power, the performance targets and the execution plan remains as consistent as possible as long as this “boss” considers the performance satisfactory.
It cannot suddenly be that a temporary new “boss” terminates the minister.
The real story is what the governing coalition is doing about remaining consistent in supporting their ministers. The real story should be about whether all political parties are ensuring that their decision-making members are truly on board with their party’s programme and whether or not they will use short-term opportunities to advance their personal views or interests. If prospective ministers cannot be assured of that, we should not be surprised if the very best minister candidates, of whatever political persuasion or ethnic origin, will decline offers in this very difficult area.