In The Spotlight
Built on pseudoscience, alarmism, and propaganda, “Climate Change” is a global scam, a monstrous flawed edifice that is bound to come crashing down sooner or later; the sooner the better. Meanwhile, it is also a stealthy, powerful new narrative, a global new faith with its alarmist high priests; its special interest groups (government and private), its fat cat lobbyists, a Jesuit Pope in Rome and on papal visits worldwide, Anglican, Episcopal, Protestant Archbishops and Bishops “for Climate Justice” all over the globe, and most of the member states of the United Nations.
Like most religions, “Climate Change” does not tolerate dissention: its leaders politicize normal scientific debate, and label skeptics as “Climate Deniers” no matter how well-qualified they are. These climate alarmists are crusaders who view themselves as morally superior to everyone else. They accuse the industrial world of “polluting” the climate, and they demand reparation (redress) for developing countries, which accounts for the “justice” in their “Climate Justice.”
Their gospel, roughly put, is that the earth is warming perilously due to human activity. We must, therefore, limit this deadly, global menace. Never mind that “human-caused global warming” is a hypothesis, not a fact, and a weak one at that, given the mind-boggling scope of the premise, and the astonishing complexity of the data involved in the verification/validation of this hypothesis. Their devil is Carbon dioxide (CO2). But CO2 is essential to life on earth, and, according to a number of eminent scientists, CO2 levels do not present any danger to our existence. Google “CO2 Coalition” and read about this colorless, odorless gas that looks and smells like Satan!
Years ago, when “Global Cooling” was debunked, there was a recess in climate scaremongering. If you research “Global Cooling,” do not trust Wikipedia, for alarmists have altered most articles of the period to fit their narrative. Start with Andy May’s “Global Cooling and Wikipedia Fake News,” Dec. 25, 2016. And, by all means, visit “Myths/Facts” at “Friends of Science”. You will begin to grasp the extent of the disinformation, along with the true nature of these climate zealots who have, nevertheless, managed to enlist so many powerful acolytes in their global scam.
Indeed, their alarmism is aided and abetted by the first Jesuit Pope in history, a man who, like all Jesuits, took a special vow (an oath) not to seek higher office in the Roman Catholic Church. But throughout their history, some Jesuits have been renegades, rebels and formidable advocates. Arturo Sosa who praised Fidel Castro, and welcomed him to Venezuela is now the “Superior General” of the Jesuits. At the Vatican, he may be trying to do for the world what Castro and Chavez did for Cuba and Venezuela. Regrettably, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now “Pope Francis” after St. Francis of Assisi) and other important religious leaders, worldwide, are rallying large numbers of devotees, adherents to the new faith.
“Environmentalism is the new Marxism,” so states Drieu Godefridi. He is dead on. As for “Climate Change,” it is all about securing massive global government funding for special interest groups while promoting global climate governance through the United Nations: another deadly utopian adventure, like communism. Hopefully, sunlight and science will prevail, and the crooked edifice will implode.
Gérard M. Hunt
I’m married with a young son, but I feel more like a single mother with 2 children.
My husband got his Bachelor’s degree from a good university, but he has never had a decent job and hasn’t worked at all for the last few years. He doesn’t help around the house or look after our son when school is out and I am still at work, but he is always asking me for money to spend on drinks and lottery tickets which he never wins or to give to his parents who actually make more money than I do.
I would get a divorce, but I worry what would happen to him with no place to live.
Queenie, what is your advice?—Fed-up wife
Get the divorce! Your husband is setting a terrible example for your son and you do not want the boy to grow up thinking this is how men are supposed to act.
Hubby can always go to live with his parents if they will have him. If they will not he might just be forced to grow up and act like an adult, in which case you could consider getting back together with him if you are so inclined.
It has been quite some time past that the health insurance takes for granted the responsibility of patient care, and is more interested in signed contracts with other nations to care for our sick, whole-heartedly.
It is also so, on the other hand, that individuals taken care of unprecedentedly do not care to address this nuisance of theirs to the proper authority, or even voice their concern to better the services given for the benefit of themselves, and others.
We notice, for example, in the seniors’ and pensioners’ association, representatives mouthing about great deals, but keeping down the poor and helpless with much talk and no action. The health institution SZV has had Dr. Bryson representing the arriving patients to Curaçao, but who is now in place? People going elsewhere have no one to turn to to represent them and if they do it is all hand in glove administratively.
Notice the issue of states where some are sent abroad, republican places, with sometimes no family members to defend them, the institution does not care; moreover, the sick are abused in the manner of proper assistance, not given any rights to defend themselves, not even covered with the right policy for their total care. If you don’t have an acceptable insurance policy you are doomed. Now while browsing on your cell, try going to UN documents on human rights patient care; don’t be surprised by what you did not know.
For the past 3-4 years the same board of the senior’s association sits once a month with the persons in charge at the SZV, and cannot come up with viable answers to the general membership. Nor had there been an election or distribution of membership cards, all against the order of the constitution of the association. We are perhaps dealing with a dictatorship regime of the association, yet I see no report in the media of such a nature.
There are many trips for conventions and boat trips to simmer the elderly, not to ruffle feathers. What is so unique is that the same president of this association and representative have not taken any time to address this non-compliance of the constitutional proceedings for the election to take place.
For requesting my membership card I was made an offer to vote for her, on election day, for the democratic party. I bluntly refused, now it is going into the third year with no word on my membership card.
How much more abuse can this be.
Name withheld at
My children are all grown up and out on their own and I hardly ever hear from them, and their father is long gone. I’m not able to work and I don’t have any close friends and I get so lonely!
Queenie, what can I do?—Lonely mother
You cannot make your children the centre of your life forever. Would you be able to work part-time? Or do volunteer work or join a service club or a gym or a social group? Or you could sign up for a few classes at your community centre or the university.
Even if it not exactly what you would like, you are almost certain to make some social contacts – even some new friends – that will ease your loneliness.
My parents are divorced and I live with my mother. My Dad got married again and has children with his new wife and I like the children okay but not their mother. She hardly talks to me and I get the idea that she doesn’t want me to see my father at all.
Queenie, how can Mom and I make things better?—Teenage daughter
Talk to your father about this. Only he can make things better, if he will try. If he cannot, or will not try, you will just have to make the best of a bad situation.
Tagging along Hispaniola’s south coast from Haiti to Santo Domingo took six days, or was it eight? I hardly remember. It was treacherous and very tedious; the seas were bumpy. With a GPS-compass linked to my pilot, navigation was child’s play.
Being aboard alone with my ghosts gave me plenty of time for long monotonous dialogues. Contemplating the intricacies of navigational techniques and how navigating the globe worked from a cobweb’s viewpoint?
“Anansi, you are a man of the world, a world nomad right? You, with Akan-ancestry, in Suriname and Antilles’ exile for generations, and then in the most recent chapter, Holland as repatriation destination, you are a true global citizen.
Let me ask you a tricky question. How did you manage to find these places? How could you figure out longitude and latitude in the ocean without any coastline in view?”
“Well silly white man, of course, we always left it to the crew. You know, we were only passengers, voluntary or not. These sailors used weird instruments, weird!
“You ever studied my cobwebs; radials, and then straight connecting tangles of the silken threads? I always set out my webs for symmetry but mostly end up with asymmetrical, woven with irregular patterns, but you need the regular ones.
“Never mind, these smart sailors used our very best and most symmetrical cobwebs as grids and then looked at the sky. They superimposed reference points for the sun, and the moon and bright stars, and their bookkeepers kept extensive, minute logs of time and place for comparison! Without us, spiders, they would still be lost.
“The moon and the stars travel across the night sky, so the angle with the horizon is changing with time. Take a dinner plate and a few wires, and by measuring those angles, you know what time it is. Compare it with tables, and you also know where you are.
“Yes, Anansi of course, the dinner plate of 360 degrees became the astrolabe or a quadrant as was used in Persia, and a sextant or octant used until today in the West.”
Getting my other stowaway to give up precious secrets of navigation was a bit more difficult.
“Captain Hendrick, how did you manage to know where you were? Did you know longitude and latitude? Did you have instruments?”
With some reluctance, after a few tries and pitch black, starless nights, Captain Hendrick shared his valuable knowledge.
“Dr. Gemma Frisius, (1508) of Dokkum sold some of his secrets to the VOC and later the WIC. He was a mathematician, cartographer, and instrument maker. Using a clock for longitude was a revolutionary idea, and no such reliable device existed yet.
“Another Dutchman, Christiaan Huygens (1624-1695) also sought the solution in timekeeping. He invented the clock pendulum, which was an improvement but still sensitive to the movement of the waves.
“Finally in 1765 John Harrison, an English watchmaker, created a chronometer that was sea-resistant.”
The Amsterdam clergyman and cartographer, Plancius (1552-1622), considered another system (Simon Stevin (1548-1620), gave the theory of Plancius a mathematical foundation in his book “De Havenvinding,” 1599). For nearly a hundred years, Dutch sailors were confused and often preferred coastal routes.
Longitude, Frisius understood, could be found by comparing the time of the actual position with the time at home. The globe rotates around its axis every 24 hours, so one hour is 360 degrees divided by 24; that makes 15 degrees per hour. Each Degree divided again by 60 Minutes comes out that one Minute is equal to one Nautical Mile.
Willebrord Snellius (1580) measured the distance between Alkmaar and Bergen op Zoom with triangulation and thus got the measure of a minute, and the circumference of the globe.
But for latitude, Frisius used of the cross-staff or Jacob’s staff. By day, it was necessary to measure exactly at noon the height of the sun above the horizon with an astrolabe or cross-staff. (See Willem Blaeu (1630) of the Jordaan in Amsterdam in his mariner’s guide “Licht der Zee-vaert.”)
By Jacob Gelt Dekker
I have never stopped going to a church service at some time during the week. I have heard at least 3,700 hundred sermons in my life. As the years go by and life evolves some sermons come in just at the period in time when it is most appropriate.
Well, on Sunday, June 18, 2017, I listened to one those sermons. This one was most appropriate for Father’s Day. I know that the sermon from the Sunday service at the Anglican church is aired on that same Sunday at eleven o’clock on PJD-2. It is a sermon which is appropriate for fathers and could be repeated all during the year, so I’m wishing that that sermon gets more airtime during the year to awaken the responsibility of those for whom the shoe fit. That was not the original intention for writing to you, but since I know that it is more than necessary I had to mention that.
It seems as if this letter is going to be in bits and pieces so here we go. Someone asked me what good does being a member of Parlatino do for us? Meaning, what are the benefits of St. Maarten being a member of Parlatino? I was explained this in a nutshell at one time, but I told that person that he should get someone from the newspaper to interview those who go to those meetings and from whom we do not get any feedback, and ask the important question so that we also can get an idea what our money is invested in and what the returns should be.
Another person stopped me in the parking lot and told me that my government is showing off with a building that the pensioners paid for from their savings while the Minister of Finance is letting us know that our pension fund is in jeopardy. I told him that I had already written about that several times. He told me that I should take a ride at night to see it lit up, and he wanted to know why waste the money that the lighting is going to cost, while the finance minister is complaining about we do not have any money. A few flood lights would do the same job. What I know is that those lights are not safe during a hurricane.
When it comes to government saving money and definitely lowering the gasoline bill all government has to do is get smaller cars, and yes, not only from Motor world. The majority of the car dealers have several models of which the prices do not vary that much so that the wealth could be spread and not only one person get the lion’s shear. Government has to make sure everybody lives.
If we keep a close eye on what is happening in traffic on St. Maarten we would notice that beside the gypsies, police, ambulance, fire trucks and customs department, eight out of every 10 cars in the traffic is occupied only by the driver. Stand by Air Lekkerbek and monitor it. This also is the case with government driven vehicles. Only one person in each vehicle, so why do we need SUVs. Get smaller vehicles and with the worsening traffic congestion, because we refuse to regulate public transportation in the adequate way for St. Maarten, I would suggest acquiring motorbikes. Let’s save some money people. By the way, young ladies are riding more and more these days also.
The Minister is telling me that my pension money is in jeopardy so I have to show him that there are more ways than only collecting that measly 13 million to help the government coffers. I was told that effort is being made to get back the money from whoever is responsible for government having to spend large amount of moneys because of litigation. I believe somehow that money should end up where it belongs and those who are not responsible should not have to be punished for incompetence and irresponsibility of others.
Permit me to ask this question – If government put seven sleeping police across the Soualiga Road, does that mean that those drivers who pass you on that road because you are adhering to the intention of those sleeping police, have the right to look at you as if you are the criminal or even blow at you because they mean that you are driving too slow over that road?
Russell A. Simmons
My husband and I both work full-time so we only have weekends off to spend time with our kids. But he goes off playing sports and I have to stay home looking after the kids and when he gets home there are only a few hours left for family time. He’s a good father and all, but I never get any time to myself like he does.
Queenie, shouldn’t I be able to get some time to myself for things I would like to do?—Overworked mother
Of course you should. Talk it over with your husband and try to work out a schedule that accommodates you both. If that does not work out, ask him what he would do if you got sick and had to be hospitalised, for example.
Or you could hire someone to look after the children and hand hubby the bill, or arrange to send them to their grandparents for a few hours, if that is feasible.
It is so incredible how some situations have become more mysterious than the “Nancy Drew” series, yet hardly anyone seemed to be bothered by these gradual episodes that are forever changing the landscape of this country. What has happened to that fighting spirit of the people who are indeed the real overseers of this land? Has their desire to demand answers diminished due to the mounting distrust that is plaguing the political administration?
Case in point: How many times have we read that several passengers were nabbed at Juliana Airport with drugs – sometimes swallowed, strapped to their bodies or packed away in suitcases? The inexplicable thought that dominates my mind is: How is it that these offenders pass through security from wherever their flight originated without being detected? Similarly, how is it so that shipments of drugs are confiscated at the Harbour on a periodical basis and there is no indication of where it came from? The dominant question is: Are these just random circumstances or a fragment of a larger missing link?
The most intriguing aspect of these situations is that in recent years, after the drugs have been confiscated, there is absolutely no mention of the smuggled goods again. If the situation occurs on the Northern half of the island, the drugs are destroyed and the process becomes public knowledge. What happens to the confiscated contraband in the South? This brings to mind a topic that needs to be tabled for a well-spirited discussion: Should impounded monies be used to “combat” this illicit trade or go up in smoke?
Anytime a crime is committed that involves firearms, the focus is always on the brazen act of these youngsters, but never on who is supplying the weapons. Equally, when the youth are forced to sniff cocaine and other hard drugs the finger is pointed at them instead of the drug pushers. Why is this? In past articles I have said that whenever a country is overrun with drugs and guns, persons in high places are directly involved. Has anyone paused for a moment to deliberate the possibility that adults are behind these vicious crimes? So, it is time that law enforcement quit demonizing the youth and target the source.
Over the years, has anyone really paid attention to the numerous ads that were
placed in the newspaper regarding lost passports of nationals from this one Asian
country? Almost every week a different name appears. Was this a sincere act or was this the strategy to anchor and gradually take over?
Now let’s get real. I am curious to know what was the population ratio in 10-10-10, versus what it is at present. If the community remains this complacent, in the next five years, the Afro-ethnic people may not be the dominant group anymore. The governor and prime minister may very well be one of those who blinded the authorities under the pretence of losing their passports.
Where do local universities get their human remains from to experiment and how do they discard them after use? How come this never became a public discussion? The Village, which is the people’s property, is under heavy dispute because one of these politicians has taken it away and now hides behind a foundation. Then they want to get upset with the Dutch for denouncing corruption? SCDF has to keep the pressure on even if it means taking the matter all the way to the Supreme Court. If there is such a resistance to stifle the cultural and educational advancement of the people, then Walter Plantz was not designed to promote the ambitious small man. When these business owners submit their rental fees, in whose account does the revenue goes?
Have we realized that the entire world is being controlled by just a few people – persons who have exploited our weaknesses and stole our freedom just to enrich themselves? Yes, technology is important but to what extent? Why would every device have a built-in camera and tracking mechanism? There is more to this than just convenience. Very soon we’ll all become like robots. They will control every move that we make. Not even going to the bathroom and having sexual intercourse would remain a private affair.
Speaking of sex: Why hasn’t the world challenged the internet proprietor to erase pornography completely from its server? This prickle is a constant contamination of the minds of our youngsters. It is so sad to see that nothing is sacred anymore. Why has the truth been concealed from the people and no one wants to be held responsible? I’m just curious, how about you?
My sister and I were very close growing up and stayed that way after I got married – until I caught her and my husband in bed together. I haven’t spoken to her since then and my husband and I got divorced.
Ever since then my mother has been after me to forgive her and forget what happened, but I just can’t. She ruined my marriage!
Queenie, is my mother right?—Still angry
Dear Still angry,
If your husband had not cheated on you with your sister, it probably would have been (or was!) with some other woman. You have every right to be angry with your sister, but holding a grudge tends to be self-destructive.
Try to forgive your sister and at least be on civil terms with her. Forgetting is another matter, but try not to dwell on the memory.
I am writing this article because many of our young men are being carried away in shackles to the prison cells in Pointe Blanche. Our prison cells nowadays have become a home not for the old, but for many of our young men who have fallen into crime. I am writing this article because many of our youths are brought up in homes where there is violence, abuse, and lack of a father as a good role model. I am writing this article, because there is a growing number of single mothers out there who have to fulfil the role of not only mother, but also father because of absent fathers in the homes.
Raising a child in the proper manner does not begin in the schools, the church or in the neighbourhood. Yes they all can contribute, but primarily it begins in the homes where there should be a good caring mother and a dedicated and responsible father.
I can recall some time ago while riding on a bus there were two young school girls among the passengers having a live conversation about the social situation in their homes. These girls were about 13 and 14 years of age, yet they were not ashamed of openly discussing the kind of affairs their single mothers were having with other men. I recall the older looking girl saying: “The man who does be with my mother don’t like step children.”
Now dear Editor, I believe in her situation, according to her complaint, that this gentleman as a possible step father is only interested in the mother. So having a child, or children around is a problem. Matter of fact they are not his own anyway so he probably feels that he doesn’t have to give a damn. He is only there to help keep mom “warm.” Then the younger looking girl responded: “I know my mother does have a man come sleep with her.”
Dear Editor, this situation presented here is just an example of many other children who are growing up in homes today where the father is absent, where children are raised by their grandmothers or where mothers too are showing or giving a bad example to their children. How can these children experience that faithfulness and through love of a marriage relationship between a mother and a father if both parents are failing to set the right example? Homes with absent fathers as well as divorce, separation, fathers who abuse their wives or children, can affect a child psychologically. Boys, particularly, are in need of their fathers in the homes to spend time with them and teach them how to grow up from boys to men.
In the neighbourhood where I live there are two young brothers who sells drugs. These boys grew up without a father. One of the brothers, who is the leader of a gang, surprisingly confessed to one of my neighbours, who made an effort to council him after being arrested on numerous occasions for possession of arms and drugs that he would like to change and start going clean. This kind of confession would indeed bring great relief, not only to his concerned and troubled single mother, but I believe also for the judge who probably must be tired of seeing this young man being ushered in and out of the court house for repeated criminal offences, enough to fill a book.
This young man may be like many others who may want to get free, but have to battle the demons of drug addiction and rebellious life style, that has wrecked not only his youth full life, but also the lives of many others who have fallen or being misled into this path of psychological destruction. He may even be an example for many others to follow, but there is a problem. Some of these young drug-pimps are in too deep; they know too much and they have connections with bigger undercover dealers who are depending on them to sell their “merchandise” So they know they are being watched.
There was a time I use to shun these neighbourhood boys as well as others because I considered them miserable bad boys, who no respectable person should have anything to do with not realizing that the reason why many of these young men turned out the way they are is because they grew up in troubled homes without proper guidance and loving care.
Putting aside my personal pride and arrogance to communicate with them I realized that they too have their inner struggles and are willing to listen or take advice. At times, we as adults or fathers should help mentor the fatherless. The problem we are facing is that many of the absent fathers themselves grew up in homes without a father so in the end the cycle of the family degeneration will continue.
This Father’s Day just look around and see, we have lost many of our young men already. Tomorrow, June the 18 is celebrated as Father’s Day, so have a wonderful day dear fathers with your families. Happy Father’s Day to all dads.
Name withheld at author's request.
A cousin of mine has applied for a job where I work. We have never been close and in fact I don’t like her much because she is hard to get along with and kind of a bully.
I really don’t want to have to work with her and I could probably keep her from getting the job if I told the boss what she is like.
Queenie, what to do?—Non-kissing cousin
Is your cousin as difficult to get along with for everybody, or is it just with you? You could quietly ask your boss to give her an assignment where you do not have to work with her, and let him see for him(her?)self what she is like.
Your cousin will be on probation at first and hopefully will try to “put her best foot forward” on the job. You may even find that she is easier to get along with in a business environment, and you still do not have to have anything to do with her outside of work.
One of the most prominent institutions on the 6 islands of the previous Netherlands Antilles is the Chamber of Commerce & Industry which they have inherited in 1945 from our European mother country the Netherlands. Nowadays the three bigger islands have a Chamber of their own while the smaller three have one for them together.
Said Chambers, through their Trade Registers, aide in providing a secure environment for business undertakings on our sister islands. Indeed, by constantly upgrading their organizations to provide the best possible service, the Chambers’ Trade Registers are nowadays also used to register other legal entities like associations and foundations.
Regretfully, however, our now respective Chambers have also inherited from the Dutch a phenomenon in the functioning of their legal organizational structure, which, like a snake in the grass, suddenly can arise its neck and with a single bite cause tremendous damage.
Said phenomenon is the relative “passivity” of the Chamber regarding controlling the correctness of the information, particularly at its issuance of so called “extracts” in regard to the state of affairs of legal entities, for example, regarding the persons who are legally authorized to represent an entity which is registered at the Chamber.
Said extract has become indispensable for verifying the proper performance of legal acts on behalf of legal entities: the government requires them when a company applies for an employment permit for an employee, the bank asks for one when granting a loan to a foundation, the notary wants to see it when preparing a deed of sale and purchase to which a legal entity is a party and the court wants to verify it to ascertain that the person representing, for example, a company at the court indeed is authorized to do that.
Everybody accepts that an extract issued by the Chamber is correct, which is very understandable because of the good name of our Chambers and also because everybody expects that the Chamber has done the proper research into all the documents in its files before it issues such an extract, which latter, however, (even) by law (being the Regulations governing the functioning of our Chambers), because of the mentioned concerning passivity of the Chamber, is not necessarily the case.
The extreme confusion such can cause is illustrated by a case which, (although it has not yet gone to Court) has been affecting great interests of many residents on St. Maarten.
Representatives of two associations claiming to represent certain residents of government housing projects have been addressing the government, the foundation representing the government in this matter, the Chamber and the media in regard to vital decisions which have been pending to be taken on behalf of the concerned residents.
The first and older association has been dormant for the last 4-5 years and consequently has not held any membership meeting in which board members, according to its Articles of Association had to be (re-)elected while its alleged representatives have been showing extracts recently issued by the Chamber and displaying them as board members.
The second, newly established association has contacted mentioned authorities pointing out the illegality of the former individuals as board members and claiming that it is the real representatives of said owners.
My grownup daughter and her boyfriend came to visit us for a week, the first time we met the boyfriend.
We only have one spare bedroom so we put a folding cot in there for the boyfriend and let them share the room because our bedroom is right across from it and we figured they would not get up to anything they shouldn’t because they knew we could hear whatever goes on the other room.
Queenie, we were so wrong! In the middle of the night they actually woke us up with their noisy lovemaking!
The next morning I told my daughter how disrespectful I thought they were and now my daughter is mad at me. Did they actually think it would be all right because we let them share the bedroom?—Angry mother
Apparently they did. Or they just couldn’t control their libidos, a common condition among young adults. After all, what do you think they do when they are back wherever they live?
For that matter, do you and your husband refrain from having sex when you have guests staying with you?
When an organization has acquired a reputation for operating in a deficit mode, is it wise to compose a delegation that comprises the “principal” members of that organization? Is it not that such a decision would create an imbalance of work ethics and a blurred sense of direction for that entity?
These views reflect the lobby group that is currently attending the IPKO meetings in the Netherlands. From observation, it seems rather irresponsible that Chairlady Wescot-Williams would travel to Holland with the sole colleague from her party, along with the first and second vice chair of Parliament. When all of the above mentioned MPs are in Holland simultaneously, then who is in charge of Parliament in their absence? In the same breath, should there be an emergency that is linked directly to Parliament, what happens then?
This inequality has been practiced throughout the existence of Parliament, but it does not reflect the proper governing of such an important body. Gone are the days when Parliamentarians are selected as a tag along; intellectuals have become the demand in today’s world. With this vivid picture, it is always mind-boggling to see the MP, who told Holland to shut up, that consistently craved to be a part of a delegation that sits with the same country that he despises. Then what is his true motive in this educational process?
MPs who contribute nothing to the advancement of Parliament should not be allowed to participate in these vital discussions. In fact, why would the same individuals consistently demand to be in charge of certain committees when these very local commissions have remained dormant for years? It is time that the Chairlady of Parliament restructures the manner in which MPs are selected to these committees and insert a more stringent method of how they are managed.
This would avoid retaining the same persons to be in charge of committees, just to enjoy the glamour of travelling and having a title attached to their names.
While in this vein of deficiency, often times one can hear members of Parliament complaining about the lack of legal representation of the organization. If this is the case, then what purpose does their legal advisor serve? Likewise, why do Parliamentarians who arrive late, choose to walk directly in front of the cameras? Why can’t they enhance the production of the broadcast by using the lanes to sign in and to sit or exit their seats?
The population is at the stage where the consciousness of the people has been heightened more than ever. Therefore, this community will no longer accept the notion of Parliamentarians attending vital meetings within the Kingdom and then return as if they were on a vacation.
The people want to know the intricacies of the discussions. Details like: How does this dialogue regarding education and youth affairs fit into the situation of St. Maarten? How does Parliament intend to integrate the information and when? This means that there must be a discussion in Parliament – one that will give us full understanding of the value of the IPKO meetings and the seriousness of our Parliamentarians engaging is such dialogues.
This responsibility now lies in the hands of Chairlady Wescot-Williams, who must exercise her expertise in bringing about meaningful change that would stem the entity from this consistent mode of running on autopilot.
I’ve been dating a guy I really like, except that he doesn’t seem to know how to kiss.
Queenie, how can I teach him to do better, or should I just give up on him?—Sleeping princess
Do not tell him he is doing anything wrong. Just tell him – tactfully, please – what you would like him to do, and hope he will pay attention to what you say.
I broke up with my boyfriend a while back but now I know it was a big mistake and I really want him back.
Queenie, how can I get him to give me another chance?—Sad ex-girlfriend
You can tell him you know now that you made a big mistake and beg him to try again, but if he is not willing to do so, you will have to let him go. Nothing is quite as unattractive as desperate unrequited love.
My husband travels a lot on business and very often he has friends from high school or college, both men and women, in the places he goes and he gets together with them for dinner.
I have no problem with them going out together in a group, but sometimes it’s just him and a single (unmarried or divorced) woman and I don’t think that’s a good idea.
Queenie, should I be worried about this?—Concerned wife
Has your husband ever given you any reason not to trust him? If he has not, do not dream up trouble where there probably is none.
On the other hand, if he has “strayed” in the past …
The St. Maarten flag symbolizes the qualities we should represent as a Nation; our flag represents the unity and love we should have for humankind, the strength and courage we should represent as a land and the appreciation we should have for our ecosystem and those that inhabit it.