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Dear Editor,

Ever been at a comedy show and ended up being the butt of the comedian's jokes and wish the ground would open up and swallow you because the joke is about something that you are particular sensitive about? Well, that is how I feel as a St. Maartener. I feel like the government is the comedian and we are the audience being joked about.

Joke #1: Minister of Justice in the paper this past week is shocked that our sweet St. Maarten is on the US list for money laundering. Is he serious? Does he have a clue of what is going on? Just look at the number of businesses that open during a year or so, and then just up and close down, or the businesses change names every few years? How many establishments have you gone to and purchased products or services and don't get a receipt? Besides tax evasion, is it that lost to our government officials as to what is going on? I seriously hope not!

Joke#2: Ministry for Planning & Development is hell-bent on building a cause way! Why? Is it, should it be a priority to government when more pressing things like our sports facilities are in shambles. The kingdom games that were scheduled to be held on St. Maarten, which would do wonders to our business community, have had to be moved to another island, because our sports facilities are in such horrible shape. Case in point, the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex, the track field is closed for months now.

We have no adequate pool to accommodate any official swim meet. We are a country now and we have no means of training our youths to represent St. Maarten at any international competition. We can't have interscholastic competitions to help build team spirit. We have so much talent on St. Maarten, but government has no interest in building the leaders of tomorrow.

Joke#3: PM Wescott on Sunday recognizes the female taxi drivers in recognition of Women's Day. This coming from the woman who was commissioner of education for most of her political career; shame on you PM. Seriously what do our female taxi drivers do to connect girls and inspire the future? Now, don't get me wrong. I have no problem with her honouring the female taxi drivers, but not the year when the theme is "Connecting girls, inspiring futures". Who better to recognize than the women who first hand help to inspire our young girls, but female teachers? I really don't understand what the PM thinks at times!

These are just a few of the jokes for this past week alone, but I really wish that our government could wake up and realize like any good comedian, when to let the joke drop and most importantly never to make the people who purchase tickets see them perform so uncomfortable that they will never return to another performance.

Remember elections always come around.

Ofelia Lake


Dear Editor,

Ever been at a comedy show and ended up being the butt of the comedian's jokes and wish the ground would open up and swallow you because the joke is about something that you are particular sensitive about? Well, that is how I feel as a St. Maartener. I feel like the government is the comedian and we are the audience being joked about.

Joke #1: Minister of Justice in the paper this past week is shocked that our sweet St. Maarten is on the US list for money laundering. Is he serious? Does he have a clue of what is going on? Just look at the number of businesses that open during a year or so, and then just up and close down, or the businesses change names every few years? How many establishments have you gone to and purchased products or services and don't get a receipt? Besides tax evasion, is it that lost to our government officials as to what is going on? I seriously hope not!

Joke#2: Ministry for Planning & Development is hell-bent on building a cause way! Why? Is it, should it be a priority to government when more pressing things like our sports facilities are in shambles. The kingdom games that were scheduled to be held on St. Maarten, which would do wonders to our business community, have had to be moved to another island, because our sports facilities are in such horrible shape. Case in point, the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex, the track field is closed for months now.

We have no adequate pool to accommodate any official swim meet. We are a country now and we have no means of training our youths to represent St. Maarten at any international competition. We can't have interscholastic competitions to help build team spirit. We have so much talent on St. Maarten, but government has no interest in building the leaders of tomorrow.

Joke#3: PM Wescott on Sunday recognizes the female taxi drivers in recognition of Women's Day. This coming from the woman who was commissioner of education for most of her political career; shame on you PM. Seriously what do our female taxi drivers do to connect girls and inspire the future? Now, don't get me wrong. I have no problem with her honouring the female taxi drivers, but not the year when the theme is "Connecting girls, inspiring futures". Who better to recognize than the women who first hand help to inspire our young girls, but female teachers? I really don't understand what the PM thinks at times!

These are just a few of the jokes for this past week alone, but I really wish that our government could wake up and realize like any good comedian, when to let the joke drop and most importantly never to make the people who purchase tickets see them perform so uncomfortable that they will never return to another performance.

Remember elections always come around.

Ofelia Lake