Dear Editor, Hugo de Jonge as Dutch Health Minister needs to review the way responsible care is delivered by his civil servants from the ZVK (Care Insurance Office) on St. Eustatius and Bonaire. As a recent patient in need of support from these offices, I was treated with a lack of empathy, flexibility and communication skills. Diagnosed with acute appendicitis, I was faced by a life or death situation. The St. Eustatius hospital – with … [Read more] about Letter to the editor: A Lesson For ZVK and Minister Hugo de Jonge
A vaccine against the Covid-19 'Corona'-virus could be available within weeks. Through the Kingdom Government, vaccines will also be available for residents of the Dutch Caribbean islands. The vaccine at times leads to heated discussions between … [Read more] about Reader Poll: Would you take a Covid-19 Vaccine?
By Virgil Sams With over eight decades of life, who for the most part lived a highly devoted industrious life, one should not go quietly into the sunset without public acknowledgment of their prolific productive life and contributions. The life of this … [Read more] about Alvin Courtar: An Exemplary Life of Industrious Leadership
Dear Editor, Once again I dedicate a little of my busy schedule to share my analysis on some disruptive changes I perceive taking place on Statia. Let me first of all congratulate the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) under the leadership of Ms. Recheline … [Read more] about Virgil Sams: ‘Make Ammends and Build Bridges’
Dear Editor, The results of the Island Council Elections of October 21, 2020 came as a shock to many. Statements such as, “The population of Statia still longs for the old political situation”, and “The people want Clyde van Putten, the controversial leader … [Read more] about Letter to the Editor: ‘It is in our blood people’!
by Harald Linkels With the elections on St. Eustatius only a few days away, things are certainly heating up in local politics. Will the party who was pro-Dutch intervention win most votes? Or will the same PLP/Merkman coalition, which was so … [Read more] about Opinion: On the eve of upcoming elections, a lot is suddenly possible on St. Eustatius
By Virgil Sams I am happy to have entered the conversation as a silent reader and listener of the virtual political dialogues. I have decided to take time from my busy schedule to make use of the pen to strike as a vocal contributon my analytical thoughts … [Read more] about Letter to the Editor: “Return to the days of Leaders who stand for Principle and Moral Dignity”
The latest measures against the rapidly increasing Covid-19 infections on Bonaire leads to quite some discussion. Some are pro, others are very much against the measures implemented by Island Governor Edison Rijna. Together with the consultants of Linkels … [Read more] about Flash Poll: What is YOUR Opinion about latest Covid-19 Measures on Bonaire?
The recent decision to enforce a 14 day quarantine on travelers from Curacao is baffling. In the last 7 days the Netherlands has had an average of 1,382 new cases, or 8.13 new cases per 100k. Curacao, interestingly, has had an average of 13 news cases, or … [Read more] about Letter to the Editor: “14 day Quarantine From Curacao is Baffling”
By Harald Linkels These days Facebook and other social media are rife with ‘experts’ on how to deal with the Covid-situation, especially since the outbreak on St. Eustatius last weekend. Is the situation serious? Yes, it is serious. Then again, a … [Read more] about Analysis: Does Statia Government deserve so much heat for the current Covid-crisis?