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From a reader, extra BBB: Why do over 23,000 Aruban citizens think corruption is acceptable?

It happens all over the world, think USA (Trump) and Venezuela (Maduro). However when it happens on your beloved island, one starts wondering. This is my analysis. Every party has its loyal supporters who can be split into 3 groups: Low-life followers who need to keep the corrupt government in power so they can keep … Continue reading From a reader, extra BBB: Why do over 23,000 Aruban citizens think corruption is acceptable?

This is what I wrote yesterday afternoon, expect changes…

A note from a friend said: “I am also pleased with the outcome … It’s time for moderate corruption.” The people’s vote  on Friday, September 22nd, 2017, indicated that it’s time to go slower, do less, spend less, introduce moderation and close the gap between common-sense and high-flying concepts, reality and fantasy. And my older, … Continue reading This is what I wrote yesterday afternoon, expect changes…

A Betico story I heard yesterday. We’re still talking about Betico.

A MEP old timer told me an anecdote yesterday, naïve but clever, about yesteryears. He was a young man then, in his early 20s when Betico was a senior advisor, never a deputy or minister. The story goes the following: Betico liked to hang out with his cronies after work at some favorite local places, … Continue reading A Betico story I heard yesterday. We’re still talking about Betico.

Second column in a series: Elections are coming up on Friday, but before you vote you should read this:

You must already know that last week a significant number of intelligent people congregated in the ballroom of the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino for a three day symposium regarding Good Governance and the lack thereof on the island, for the past 31 year, since Status Aparte. It would be difficult to summarize the … Continue reading Second column in a series: Elections are coming up on Friday, but before you vote you should read this:

Elections coming up on Friday, but before you vote you should read this:

Last week a significant number of intelligent people congregated in the ballroom of the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino for a three day symposium regarding Good Governance and the lack thereof on the island, for the past 31 year, since Status Aparte. It would be difficult to summarize the 9 interactive lectures given over … Continue reading Elections coming up on Friday, but before you vote you should read this:

CSJF, the greatest concert of all times

The 11th edition of the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival unfolded last night at the Renaissance Marketplace and it was all around spectacular. Erick Jan Eman and his crew delivered excellent entertainment despite some weather hiccups last moment with hurricane Irma trashing flight schedules around the Caribbean. I don’t know what program adjustments they had to … Continue reading CSJF, the greatest concert of all times