• From Jack Sparrow on Islands to receive 33 million euros for slavery projects

    What a waste of money.

    2024/02/21 at 12:58 am
  • From Ellen Lockhart on Saba’s reforestation project bougainvilleas at the airport to beautify the area

    Planting bougainvilleas along the road from the airport is an excellent plan. They will soon make a multicolored cascading hedge to brighten up the dry hillside. You might not appreciate this, but I will throw in my two cents worth. Keep to the bougainvilleas; don’t mix in other plants. Plant them far away from the wall so that they have room to grow without growing too far into the road. Also we don’t want a mass of roots pushing against the retaining wall.
    A July Tree (aka Flamboyant) had been planted next to the wall on the road to Fort Bay. The large roots of the tree pushed out the rocks of the retaining wall. Even though this species is perfect for a dry area, because of the large roots, it must be planted far from walls or paved areas.

    2024/02/20 at 1:28 pm
  • From Kees Jansen on Saba, St. Eustatius to put Region Deals to good use

    The plan to use the funds for creating a dedi­cated location that can be used to enhance culture — a location for assemblies, lec­tures, award ceremonies, theatre performances and so forth, is precisely what the funds are meant for.

    But targeting St. Johns as the suitable location for such a place may not be such a great idea. There is only limited space and certainly not for visiting cars from Windwardside and The Bottom that need parking space. But it makes sense to concentrate on developing the educational activities there.

    Windwardside has its Eugenius Center for social activities. The Bottom does not have anything comparable. Parking possibilities are much more generous and it still has many options for the community to grow.

    I wonder what the views of the Island Council are on the proposal of the Executive Council.

    2024/02/19 at 10:39 am
  • From Kees Jansen on WINAIR CEO HANS VAN DE VELDE WANTS MORE INTENSIVE COOPERATION WITH LARGE AIRLINES

    Hans does not mention that he also considers the wishlist of his clients. That could result in a different view.
    His recent action to create Winair income by offering large discounts for one-day tourists to travel to Saba and Statia is very detrimental for the residents. They see their travel options significantly reduced as seats are taken by tourists.

    One-day tourists may be OK for restaurants that offer lunches, and WINAIR, but not for the residents.

    2024/02/19 at 8:24 am
  • From Cris Hassell on Saba to get 5.4 million euros to improve quality of life

    We should thank the Honorable and Distinguished Governor Jonathan Johnson that Saba is being entrusted with 5.4 million to improve quality of life on Saba. Governor Johnson has honored and has served Saba for more than 15 years Extraordinary; with Good Ethics and Intelligence. He has been a warrior for Saba, a patriot who embodied much that is best in Saba (being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice, especially the standards of Leadership) just like his Uncle Will Johnson! Lt. Governor Johnson’s uncompromising quality in negotiation for Saba has left an enduring impact on the quality of Life of the Island Saba people for generations to come as the most Dynamic Visionary Governor and Statesman in the entire Dutch Kingdom!
    His Wonderful and Beautiful Aunt Patsy Johnson once told me when she was teaching me to play the Piano in her house; since I Kept insisting on a note “Cristian You are so Stubborn” and in her words I say to Honorable Lt. Governor Jonathan Johnson, to be stubborn in keeping the Rule of Law and in Standing up for Justice and Equality for All people! and in standing up for the wonderful People of Saba and to keep the exemplary Good Work and continue to lead Saba Vigorously!

    “For courage — not complacency — is our need today. Leadership — not salesmanship. And the only valid test of leadership is the ability to lead, and lead vigorously.” ( President John F. Kennedy)

    Cris Hassell

    2024/02/13 at 4:41 pm
  • From Claire Frankel on Saba to get 5.4 million euros to improve quality of life

    $ 5.4 million Euros for our quality of life is a great deal of money. Are there published plans for its expenditure? Several residents and I would surely like to see a fairly detailed accounting of how the money will be spent.

    2024/02/13 at 3:24 pm
  • From Jack Sparrow on Saba to get 5.4 million euros to improve quality of life

    It will really amount to $27.00 per resident when the bulk of the money disappears and is unaccounted for.

    2024/02/13 at 12:02 am
  • From Alvin Every on Opinion: What is happening to our Unspoiled Queen?

    I’m not a detective, but I see a pattern here. It appears that some are being treated unequally, when it come to paying jobs/contracts, while the selected few are getting them all! Saba is on a decline when it comes to morals, but then again it’s what “The People “ voted for!….

    2024/02/03 at 12:51 pm
  • From Cris Hassell on BES Summit focused on common interests, cooperation, say Island & Executive Councils

    “We need leaders not in love with money but in love with Justice; Not in love with publicity but in love with Humanity”. Said Dr. Martin Luther jr. King!
    It is astonishing that Bonaire is complaining that Saba and Statia are holding them back in legislative procedures. I think the Commissioners of the two islands should help to move things forward and not Backwards in giving timely reports to Bonaire so that transition to the new Council can move smoothly and steady!!!
    Mr. Geert Wilders and his PVV party have established in the Netherlands that they want to remove Funding for Culture in the Dutch Islands. I say this to Mr. Geert Wilders as in the words of John F. Kennedy : ‘Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside’!
    Martin Luther King, Jr., reminded us that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Change takes a long time, but it does happen.

    Cris Hassell

    2024/01/31 at 1:51 pm
  • From No name on Opinion: Urgent concerns regarding school board negligence and mismanagement

    Very ,very good! Thank you for writing this so eloquently!
    I fully support you, but for reasons we all know I am withholding my name also.

    2024/01/26 at 8:31 am
    • From Samantha Smith on Opinion: Urgent concerns regarding school board negligence and mismanagement

      A round of applause to this author! Let’s see if the Boards will do the honorable thing now.

      2024/01/26 at 3:58 pm
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