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?
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…
We made it past September 22nd. The green machine got a well-deserved whopping. We told them, they did not listen. And fought even harder in the last weeks, screaming louder, paying off more men, bringing in more horses, all in a desperate attempt to stop the bleeding, and put humpty-dumpty together again. Kids, fifty kids … Continue reading Relieved, exhausted
Simple Mathematics: So the green machine enjoyed 33,114 votes in the last election, but over time, with attrition and the loss of some candidates, including OO, PC, MHW, JDY, RH and MP, a total of 10.046 votes went by the sideways. So let’s assume that the party delivered 100% satisfaction, and managed to hug and … Continue reading The war of the Borchis
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.
Curtain Call I dropped in for coffee at Curtain Call, on Schotlandstraat 66, in front of Romar Trading. My dining room chairs have been talking to me, come on woman, we need new fabric, new stuffing, nuf already, how ‘bout the tiniest refresh? The surprising store definitely offers visitors a delightful experience, from delicious coffee … Continue reading Taking a break from politcs
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:
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:
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
It looks like RDA has a new fancy building, filled with office furniture and equipment. Where did the money come from? From slashed budgets of social organization, who will receive just about half of what they budgeted to stay alive, in 2017. Meaning Casa Cuna Progresso, Pasa Dia Brillo, SABA (Stichting Algemene Bejaardenzorg Aruba), will … Continue reading Gas & Petroleum Exploration