Saturday, Nov 16th

LATEST:
You are here: Opinion Letters to the editor It’s time to move on

Best_of_2015_587x57_Results

It’s time to move on

OPINION_BANNERDear Editor,

If government officials cannot address the public in a sober and civil manner, then they need to reconsider their position and move on. It is totally unacceptable for representatives of the people to express themselves in ways that are substandard to effective leadership. This pattern of behaviour seems to be a developing trend - a style that exposes their state of mind – a mind that is overruled by frustration, which has lead them to the point where they are unable to guide their thoughts.

Politicians, who are called to lead, would be cognizant of their choice of words and actions. True leaders are more concerned about the content of their message, rather than the pleasure of exciting their ego, whenever they are challenged by someone else's viewpoint. This narrow perception has been the downfall of the Prime Minister and the Justice Minister alike. They have always exhibited a defensive attitude in circumstances that need clarification; rather than to be open to feedback, that could very well assist them in moving forward.

First, it was the Prime Minister who draped himself with these outrageous comments, which suggested that persons jump out of a plane and commit suicide. This time around, it is the Justice Minister, who told the Attorney General of St. Maarten to "Shut the hell up!" These are not positive behaviours of persons who are put in positions to lead. Besides, it is a very subtle way of developing bad habits. It was not too long ago, the same Minister of Justice took off his shoes in Parliament House while indicating to Member of Parliament (MP) Christopher Emmanuel, that he cannot walk a mile in his shoes. What should we expect next? Would we see nudity and the use of the "F" word as well?

It is obvious that these two ministers have found themselves in situations that are way beyond their expectations and are therefore unable to cope with the stress that comes with the task. Instead of removing themselves from the situation to get a bird eye's view of the circumstance, they do the exact opposite, which continues to fuel the frustration. Then it calls to mind: Why burden the tax payers to support these astronomical salaries that are paid to advisors? It is a fact that the decisions of a leader are often influenced by the advices that he or she receives, and so in whose interest are these advisors rendering their services? Or, do their skills align with the task that comes with profession?

Some time ago, my ex-manager called me into his office to have a heart-to-heart talk. He disclosed his dissatisfaction of the direction in which the company was going. I was surprised to hear him say the things he did, because I thought to myself that all is well. He told me a lot, but what stuck with me is when he said, "Anytime you feel uncomfortable doing a job, it is time to move on." It wasn't long after, he packed up all his belongings and left.

When one is charged with the task to direct, he or she would make decisions that are in the best interest of the company, its employees and clients. Likewise, government officials must utilize the expertise of its personnel and make proper choices that would sustain its apparatus, and then transcend that professionalism to the citizens and visitors.

It is mind tickling to see how these two ministers get very offended every time reference of corruption is made to St. Maarten. What has agitated them more are the comments that were made by the Police Chief of Holland. How did both ministers deal with the situation? They blew off steam by announcing that the Police Chief is not welcome in their offices anymore. Who cares? His task was to deliver the message and get the live reaction from the Justice Minister. In my view, the compelling part of this whole episode was overlooked when they failed to get a bird eye's view of the situation.

No matter how insulting his statements may have been, a clear-minded person would have handled the situation differently, because the comments are just the crust of the underlying matter. The ministers had to be nimble enough to ask themselves the following: What is his real purpose for coming? Who sent him and why was he so specific with his statements? As we can see, exactly what the ministers were afraid of, is precisely what is handed down to them whether they like it or not. Instead of huffing and puffing, these officials need to focus on how to collaborate their efforts, because this is not the last time they will be hearing from the Police Chief of Holland. Similarly, the same approach should be given to the Attorney General of St. Maarten.

It is puzzling to see how the Justice Minister gloated, when he read the conclusion of reports on corruption that was taken from a newspaper, rather than from the original source. Isn't this the same minister who accuses politicians in Holland of feeding their minds with information from the press, instead of basing their claims on the facts? Member of Parliament (MP) Christopher Emmanuel should have asked the Justice Minister: What is the meaning of corruption; then present some examples and get his feelings on the illustrations. This poker game is very interesting; but, perseverance is the factor that will reveal everything.

Joslyn Morton

Image
St. Maarten midday Weather Forecast for Saturday
Saturday, 17 October 2015
DATE ISSUED: Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday midday (12:00... Read more...
Image
SHTA poll: Businesses want anti-ship-jumping legislation
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Click here for SHTA graph pdf PHILIPSBURG--The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association... Read more...
Image
Dominica’s tourism sector ready to welcome visitors after TS Erika
Friday, 16 October 2015
ROSEAU, Dominica--“Dominica is open for business and ready to welcome visitors to its shores.”... Read more...
Image
Reparations Committee: Withdraw Queens’ names from Suriname’s highest mountains
Thursday, 15 October 2015
PARAMARIBO--Suriname’s National Reparations Committee NRCS has filed a request with President... Read more...
Image
Ex-US House Speaker Hastert to plead guilty in hush-money case
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHICAGO--Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to plead guilty in a hush-money case... Read more...
Image
Hillary Clinton to 'look hard' at Julian Castro as possible VP pick
Friday, 16 October 2015
WASHINGTON--Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton won the backing of Housing and Urban... Read more...
Image
Half a million Yemen children face severe malnutrition
Friday, 16 October 2015
GENEVA--More than half a million children in Yemen face life-threatening malnutrition as a risk of... Read more...
Image
Modi to open 70-year-old files in challenge to Gandhi dynasty
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW DELHI--Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will seek to unravel one of India's most enduring... Read more...
Image
Cuba in cash crunch due to low commodity prices, Venezuela woes
Friday, 16 October 2015
HAVANA--Low commodity prices, a drought at home and Venezuela's economic crisis have created a cash... Read more...
Image
Apple's newest courtroom foe is patent-savvy university
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW YORK--As a veteran of the global smart phone wars, Apple is used to courtroom battles with... Read more...
Image
Focus needs to be on fighting crime & helping unemployed
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Editor, With all of the political situation on the island, we can't lose focus on some of the... Read more...
Image
Had enough
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Queenie, My brother died years ago but his widow stayed close to our family. Eventually she... Read more...
Image
RBC St. Maarten Little League School Tournament
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Sister Marie Laurence defeated Leonald Conner in the RBC St. Maarten Little League School... Read more...
Image
Nadal trounces Wawrinka, Djokovic tames Tomic
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHINA-- Former world number one Rafa Nadal displayed more signs of a return to top form with a... Read more...
Image
Junk shop photo spurs quest to confirm Billy the Kid image
Friday, 16 October 2015
DENVER--For the $2 he spent to buy three old photographs, Randy Guijarro may have hit the mother... Read more...
Image
Few signs of improvement for NBA star Odom after collapse
Friday, 16 October 2015
LAS VEGAS--Pro basketball and reality TV star Lamar Odom spent a third day hospitalized on... Read more...
Image
Bruney cruises into retirement
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ After three decade in cruise industry ~   By Alita Singh   Frank Bruney has seen tiny... Read more...
Image
ALL HANDS ON DECK, WE MADE IT!
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ Fair Transport Sailing Vessel Nordlys is launched ~   St. Maarten has been graced by the... Read more...
Editorial - Anybody’s guess
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Governor Eugene Holiday has decided to seek legal clarity on the current constitutional impasse.... Read more...
Editorial - Time is up
Friday, 16 October 2015
With so much ongoing constitutional turmoil, the fact that more than 100 people attended the... Read more...
Image
Saturday Oct. 17, 2015
Friday, 16 October 2015
Image
Friday Oct. 16, 2015
Friday, 16 October 2015
Notices October 16
Friday, 16 October 2015
General Meeting St. Maarten Professional Softball Association (SMPSA) general meeting for the... Read more...
Notices October 15
Thursday, 15 October 2015
General Meeting S.M.P.S.A. general meeting for the softball season 2016 will be held at Sundial... Read more...