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Is ‘claire voyance’ an exact science?

Dear Editor,

For years now on a constant basis, names like Kaba, Francoise, Toulle and several others, have advertised their clair voyance in The Daily Herald in Sint Maarten. I do not recall addresses attached to those advertisements, but there were both Dutch as well as French telephone contact numbers. When I worked in Aruba and Curacao several of these people were arrested and convicted for swindle. They are cunning and crafty, be aware!

Then came Charlie Challenge, which thankfully people have spoken out against, and who, sad to say, are criticized for exaggeration. Then came Pastor Wendell Philips, who spoke out against the occult, which provided for the necessary comments and discussions. I did not make up this story.

In The Daily Herald of June 15, on page 18, I am assuming not to be outdone, "Government agency paying for fortune-telling courses" (The Hague). It states that Government benefits agency U.W.V. ("Uitveoringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen") My translation: Comprehensive Labourers' Insurance Institutions have paid several people to retrain as spiritual consultants or hypnotists. The article continues that this has been going on for more than seven years now, and that there is even a recognized training institution Paradidakt in Zoetemeer.

Again not to be outdone, the new fortune tellers work via telephone at a premium rate of 29 (euro) cents a minute. How fortunate are we because we will not have to spend money to travel to the Netherlands anymore. The politician can just take up the phone and get the information from the Plenipotentiary Minister, who can take the train and go to a government agency paid and trained fortune-teller to know what we need to know. If our politicians do not want to use the middle man, they should use Skype, because they would be able to see the Tarot cards and the crystal ball. I know I should not be saying it this way, but since there is no consideration on part of government for the teachings of the Bible, criticism is fair play.

Come election time, I can imagine the type of phone calls that will be made. Some supporters may get a free ticket to Holland or our country might be overwhelmed by government paid fortune tellers. I am trying to picture what would happen then? Would it be so again that the one with the most money get the better fortune told? And if the predictions are not right, would we be able to tell Holland that they are training frauds? Probably I can try my own clair voyance and say that this will start another problem, because just like the others who came here on special assignments and have not left, these might not go back, because by then it will become a kingdom law and then Kaba, Francoise and the rest will be out of business just like our locals are out of business. I hope by then the priests and ministers of churches would be convincing enough to avoid more government sanctioned blasphemy on the island.

Another thing, I do not think that it is difficult to find the Kaba's and Francoise's etc. and make them pay taxes. They should not be hard to find and I am sure they make a hell of a lot more money than me. I do not think they get free advertisement from the newspapers. Is this really acceptable by the no-nonsense Dutch? They usually think things out well. For instance that letter to the editor concerning "the double-faced Dutch government" from K. Kerkhoff should not go unnoticed and should be a challenge to all accountants and finance people to assert the validity of Kerkhoff's claim. This could go a long way in alleviating some of that pressure of lack of integrity.

Russell A. Simmons

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