Masked, armed bandits robbed the Man Chung grocery store on L.B. Scott Road last night, unfortunately I was at the store when the robbery took place. One masked man, dressed fully in black with a black hood over his face, entered the Man Chung Grocery store, and started pressing the keys on an unoccupied cash register. As he took money from the register, another armed and masked assailant entered on the right side, and started for the second register which was occupied by the Chinese cashier. The robbers walked through two Sheriff security gaurds to get to the register. The cashier panicked and started yelling in Chinese. A struggle ensued between the first assailant and one of the security guards. The second robber managed to get the money from the second register, and they both fled. Both men were carrying what appeared to be rifles, but according the packer, who stood at the door, they were pellet guns and not actual rifles.

As the two assailants fled on foot, the police showed up in a truck within seconds. The police asked the security guards from without getting out of the truck for a description of the assailants, the security guard tried to tell the officer someething else, and the officer interrupted him in a rough tone, and asked for the description.

“They wore all black”, the security guard told the police officers who sped off into traffic towards St Peters, to get around to the John Larmonie school where they had fled by foot, between the Sister Magda School and The St Maarten Academy, towards the B.B.O . (Prins Bernard school).

Traffic congestion hindered the progress of the first police squad truck, but soon after other squad cars showed up, one heading to block the path between the Sr. Magda School and The Academy.

Government is Feckless by…… Julien F. Petty

I would like to address my comrades;

I would also like to lambaste the politicians for their behaviour.

But first this; Some comrade writers told me that writing about the issues would not change the political climate.

“You write about government, government victimizes you.”

One of them added that it does not make any sense to put yourself or your future on the line for those stupid voters who will not see.

Conversely, I believe that the pen is mightier than the sword or the gun;

I have made up my mind after 10-10-10 to labaste the politicians when they go off course.

Comrades, I would like to see government use the political process and enact legislation(s),

that would improve living and working conditions for the masses.

What more can be asked of the people’s representatives? The cost of living is strangling the masses;

we want relief from “we” woes. Labour and soical issues are the order of the day,

our senior citizens are left to fend for themselves.

A whole year has passed and the government seemed feckless in dealing with the ills of this country.

How long ago it was when we heard these poitical themes:

“Let’s Team Up; ‘Cause St. Martin Deserves Better.” Our Prime Minister and our Deputy Prime Minister appear callous to the suffering in the country.

Comrades, I was not surprised when the UP/DP/Illidge coalition shot down the National Alliance (NA) motions on the Jules James conflict of interest saga.

Some skulduggery (no doubt) went on before the meeting;  the majority stuck together like a confederacy of crooks – confidence men and women.

The political culture in St. Maarten is the only jungle in the Dutch Kingdom in which the lions (the masses) are afraid of the rats (the politicians).

Comrades, let us get this country moving; it is in a rut.

“Madam Chairlady, I move that we proceed to the order of the day the ‘Amendment to the 6-month Contract’ that was put forward by the NA faction.”

The Chair: “Those opposed will say “no.”…….. (No aswer)

All jokes aside, we should write letters to our Ministers and our Members of Parliament when they go off course.

We would like to treat our Ministers and our Members of Parliament with all the deference that should be accorded to them; however, if they continue to take

us for granted we would develop a dislike for Ministers and Members of Parliament,

clean up your act; you are leading by default.

Dereliction of duty will not “fly” with me. Straighten up and fly right!!

Julien F. Petty