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Dear Editor,

Would we be reasonable in asking government to absorb some part of the price of gasoline in connection with the rate in which it is constantly going UP. Within the last two months the price of gasoline has gone up so often that the people have almost lost count of how often it has gone UP. The following is the results of price hike and lack of price control.

I was standing by the gas station one evening when I overheard a little discussion. The lady could not believe that the attendant had already put the gasoline in the tank of her car, because according to her "She did no notice the needle move."

I, myself, had an experience about a 'pastechi' which I usually bought for a dollar, then one day the price went from a dollar to US $1.25. When I asked why the sudden rise in price and why by 25 per cent she told me with the customary accent "Fuel Clause."

So you see gas hike--GEBE--supermarket--consumer--consumer hurt. Gas hike--delivery truck--business--consumer--consumer hurt. Gas hike--bakery--consumer--consumer hurt. Gas hike--bus driver--passenger (consumer)--consumer hurt.

What about consumer salary hike? A story from a father: I used to give the woman money once a week to buy food then I noticed that she was not buying certain things anymore. I thought that she was bad spending the money or using the money for something else. When I confronted her about it she told me that the prices in the supermarket are constantly going up. We decided to make a shopping list and buy the same things at the same supermarket once a week for a month. We noticed that the total on the receipt had gone up at least $2.15 every week.

What I noticed on several occasions is that the price of products already on the shelves change right there from one day to the next and that products from the same container (same shipment) constantly change prices.

I was standing by a snack truck one day when I overheard part of a conversation: "My sister was shopping here and when she noticed that the price on a certain product had gone up again she called me in Aruba to ask me to check it out for her. Coincidently, I was in a supermarket down there too when she called and we started comparing prices between here and Aruba. I brought up some things from down there because they were cheaper and we don't have import duties up here."

If the public transportation was regulated so that busses would travel on stipulated times and stop by legal bus stops, so that the public could rely on the bus to at least get them to and from work on time, would that be a fair exchange or compensation for the constant rise in gasoline prices?

I do not think that only St. Maarten government is "shaky" but when we show the world how article 53 of the constitution was publicly trampled on by the governing coalition in Parliament and nothing was done to rectify it or nothing could be done to do so, and that we do not intend to uphold the law, did not we give the world an invitation to say to us what they want?

By the way are we aware of the fact that a strong middle class is what keeps a country strong and if you weaken your middle class, no matter how much you beautify your country you weaken your country?

I concur with Mr. T. Peterson that if the reporters, who also share in the good and bad of this country, would go out there and do their work relentlessly there would be an obligation to be transparent and there would be less accusations and dissatisfaction.

I have noticed more and more new names in the opinion section. This is a good thing, but because it is mostly dissatisfaction which causes this kind of reaction, if those letters were directed to me I would start thinking it is time for me to pull up my socks and stop thinking that I can continue to outsmart the masses. TV and all the modern means of communication is educating the masses.

Russell A. Simmons


Dear Editor,

Would we be reasonable in asking government to absorb some part of the price of gasoline in connection with the rate in which it is constantly going UP. Within the last two months the price of gasoline has gone up so often that the people have almost lost count of how often it has gone UP. The following is the results of price hike and lack of price control.

I was standing by the gas station one evening when I overheard a little discussion. The lady could not believe that the attendant had already put the gasoline in the tank of her car, because according to her "She did no notice the needle move."

I, myself, had an experience about a 'pastechi' which I usually bought for a dollar, then one day the price went from a dollar to US $1.25. When I asked why the sudden rise in price and why by 25 per cent she told me with the customary accent "Fuel Clause."

So you see gas hike--GEBE--supermarket--consumer--consumer hurt. Gas hike--delivery truck--business--consumer--consumer hurt. Gas hike--bakery--consumer--consumer hurt. Gas hike--bus driver--passenger (consumer)--consumer hurt.

What about consumer salary hike? A story from a father: I used to give the woman money once a week to buy food then I noticed that she was not buying certain things anymore. I thought that she was bad spending the money or using the money for something else. When I confronted her about it she told me that the prices in the supermarket are constantly going up. We decided to make a shopping list and buy the same things at the same supermarket once a week for a month. We noticed that the total on the receipt had gone up at least $2.15 every week.

What I noticed on several occasions is that the price of products already on the shelves change right there from one day to the next and that products from the same container (same shipment) constantly change prices.

I was standing by a snack truck one day when I overheard part of a conversation: "My sister was shopping here and when she noticed that the price on a certain product had gone up again she called me in Aruba to ask me to check it out for her. Coincidently, I was in a supermarket down there too when she called and we started comparing prices between here and Aruba. I brought up some things from down there because they were cheaper and we don't have import duties up here."

If the public transportation was regulated so that busses would travel on stipulated times and stop by legal bus stops, so that the public could rely on the bus to at least get them to and from work on time, would that be a fair exchange or compensation for the constant rise in gasoline prices?

I do not think that only St. Maarten government is "shaky" but when we show the world how article 53 of the constitution was publicly trampled on by the governing coalition in Parliament and nothing was done to rectify it or nothing could be done to do so, and that we do not intend to uphold the law, did not we give the world an invitation to say to us what they want?

By the way are we aware of the fact that a strong middle class is what keeps a country strong and if you weaken your middle class, no matter how much you beautify your country you weaken your country?

I concur with Mr. T. Peterson that if the reporters, who also share in the good and bad of this country, would go out there and do their work relentlessly there would be an obligation to be transparent and there would be less accusations and dissatisfaction.

I have noticed more and more new names in the opinion section. This is a good thing, but because it is mostly dissatisfaction which causes this kind of reaction, if those letters were directed to me I would start thinking it is time for me to pull up my socks and stop thinking that I can continue to outsmart the masses. TV and all the modern means of communication is educating the masses.

Russell A. Simmons