It used to be a big deal when we brought in 100 hits per day, now SXMPOLITICO alone averages over 4000 views per day, not bad for a blog that deals with a place as tiny as St Maarten.
From no electricity, to no transportation, to no internet, still the blogs keep coming.
People who considered me crazy for actually doing this a few months ago, are now happy to contribute.
The St Maarten Online News Network combined, now brings in close to 10.000 hits per day.
Never knew SXM politics and melee could be this interesting.
I will do what I can,
to keep the blogs going.
But even if I can’t,
many St Maartens have been following my example about being proactive about St Maarten politics, and have started their own blogs.
thank you fans
thanks to our subscribers 1200 on networked blogs, and 30 on sxmpolitico, 40 at stmaartennews.com
Three ships in port today, enjoy the pictures, it’s a beautiful day. My question is, where is the money going? The government/Theo gets a percentage of EVERY TOURIST, that sets foot on St Maarten.
Theo Heyliger receives a cut of every tourism related business and more.
He gets his Harbour cut, Airport cut, Boardwalk cut, Frontstreet cut, Backstreet cut, Simpson bay cut etc. etc. etc.
Why does our government always running to the Dutch with their hands out, when there is sooo much money coming in to St Maarten on a daily business.
St Maarten received uber-funding from the Netherlands.
TENS OF MILLIONS OF EUROS…
Where has that money gone?
Why is St Maarten not more self-sufficient?
How can a country be independent,
when it’s not self-sufficient?
Like Alston says…
I remember when Hilbert Haar of the Today paper tried his attacks months ago. He called me a pauper, and said that I took the bus. Now what most people don’t know-especially the ones to good for the bus- is that it is usually a hotbed for politics, and opinions are discusses freely by passengers of differing opinions.
Julien Petite’s bus stands out, not because he has strong political opinions, but because he ENCOURAGES debate and discussion on the bus.
If you take bus 77, chances are there will be a tape of a Lloyd Richardson interview with Theo Heyliger in 2008, or a political radio debate from in the EIGHTIES.
Some people have issue with Petit of course, because of his bus “rules”.
We won’t tell you all of the rules to riding his bus, we just took the pictures.
So if you can’t ride with Petite Bus 77 for any reason,
these pictures will be your virtual tour
Many locals feel that St Maarten is headed in a terrible direction.
Of course it’s easy to complain to friends about the roads, complain about the politicians at the taverns,
but very few people stand up, and actually become proactive in what they believe.
Rather than being the victim, life’s hardship should empower you,
should make you stronger,
but that rarely happens here.
had a lot to say,
but I flew in from “The Show Me” state, Missouri.
You don’t talk about activism from your recliner.
Actually we have a name for people like that…
“THE RECLINER REVOLUTIONARIES”.
These are the people who talk ALOT about change, and revolution, and the way things should be…..
but they do little, to zero.
They do nothing but talk, and maybe pat those on the back who are active.
In St Maarten, it’s easy for people as powerful as Theo to shut a lot of people down.
He does it with bribes,
Many laugh at that, and claim that no one and nothing will change them,
the next thing you hear is silence,
and you wonder how they’ve been gotten to.
Many people in St Maarten want to stand up, but the fear surpasses everything else.
They grow paralysed with fear.
I can’t write about what’s going on…
I can COMPLAIN in closed circles and establishment, but God forbid, I write something negative about Theo and Sarah and they find out about it.
That, my friends is what dooms St Maarten..
Dutch St Maarten.
The French will always stand up and defend their rights,
While the Dutch continue to live in fear, of their government
After the Gypsy murders, rapes, kidnappings etc, Minister of Justice Duncan’s master plan, was working out a deal with the illegal gypsies, most of whom are residing illegally on the island.
A gypsy can steal a car, run passengers, and face no reprecussions in St Maarten.
Everyone has to earn a living, but there are rules and regulations, including the fact that your car has to be inspected and insured.
Local Taxi drivers and Bus drivers pay exorbitant amounts of money to keep their busses and cabs running.
They pay taxes, for inspections everything.
Gypsies tend not only to be illegal aliens, on the hustle, they also tend not to have ANY papers, insurance or documentation on the vehicles that they drive.
So if you are in a gypsy, and there is an accident, whether you are dead or injured, expect the gypsy driver to quickly flee the vehicle, and leave you there.
There are numerous safety issues, and the nightmare of the murdering Gypsy drivers have already occured…
How many did those gypsies kill?
Was it three people?
That makes them serial killers, in an island this small.
How many did they rape?
Roland Duncan shows is illness, and his inability to do ANYTHING right, by wanting to negotiate with these illegals,
when he won’t give local and/or legal drivers the time of day.
a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are this mornings traffic, taken about 20 minutes ago
I am not surprised to see Kurt Ruan on the cover of the local paper this morning, after I questioned the construction (destruction) projects, which he heads under Theo Heyliger.
What you need to read, is the final paragraph of Kurt’s interview on page 8. He begins his statement-and of course this is the part that makes the frontpage-that the Cole Bay projects will be over by December 9th, just in time for the season, LOL.
But it is the final paragraph, and only the final paragraph which St Maartener’s need to read.
He ends his comments ot the daily paper by saying:
“WE WILL BE CONTINUING WITH THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD STARTING IN 2012!
So yes, Colebay and Simpsonbay people, WILL have a BRIEF break in the construction projects UNTIL 2012, which is a respite from the nightmare of only 3 WEEKS!
Yes, read the article carefully…..
They want to fool people into believing that the projects will be completed next week, and the Daily Herald is almost complicit in these deceptions.
The true facts are buried on page 8, in the final paragraph.
So, St Maarteners, ALWAYS read between the lines,
Kurt Ruan’s statements are utter nonsense,
and only in SXM will they expect you to buy that b.s.