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Cruise Ship Fees
Greenery Opens
Almost Holland
Development
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Four-Day Walk
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REtPORTER


T wo policemen were sus-
pended from the force
last week awaiting dismissal
and an employee reprimanded
for their behavior in investi-
gating the disappearance of
Marlies van der Kouwe on 20-
21 of September 2008. They
were accused of dereliction of
duty that resulted in a delay of
36 hours in the investigation.
The policemen are appealing
their dismissal. The investiga-
tion of the behavior was led by
a team from West Brabant, The
Netherlands.
The remains of Ms. Van der
Kouwe were discovered a
month later. A suspect is in cus-
tody awaiting trial.

0 While the BES islands are
far along the road towards their
new place in the Dutch king-
dom, the remaining two Antil-
lean islands have just taken an
important first step. The Cen-
tral Government, Curaqao and
St.Maarten have signed a list of
decisions about the phased dis-
mantling of the Netherlands
Antilles Central Government
and the transfer of people and
responsibilities to the new
"countries of Curaqao and St.
Maarten." The transfer of tasks
must be implemented by the
State Ordinance and can start in
April 2009. Curacao will take
over the Central Government's
jobs in three phases: July/
August, September and 31 De-
cember 2009.

0 The Antillean High court
again annulled the travel ban
for convicted drug traffickers
yesterday. Current Antillean
legislation does not permit such
a travel ban; it's inadmissible to
punish a crime by revocation of
a passport, according to a treaty
provision of the European Con-
vention on Human Rights. Pass-
port revocation was a common
sentence for small time drug
smugglers in Bonaire and Cura-
qao courts because of a shortage
of jail cells. Legislation to allow
such a sentence has been pend-
ing for some time but never
passed.

N Fuel prices have been
lowered in Bonaire effective
last Saturday. The price of
regular gas dropped by NAf
0,25; the other products by
lower amounts. Prices in the
US dropped about 50% since
their peak a few months ago and
now are less than $2 a gallon.
The new prices are slightly
above the prices charged in
Curaqao and are in NAf:
Regular gasoline 92 octane
2,30 per liter
High test gasoline 95 octane
2,33 per liter
Kerosene


Table of Contents


1,20 per liter
Diesel 1,70 per liter
LPG 100 lbs. Domestic use
72,10 per cylinder
LPG 20 lbs. Domestic use
16,00 per cylinder


) The rain has done a
number on our roads, making
some places nearly impassible.
But DROB has its trucks out
working to repair as fast as they
can. Here's a truck on Kaya
Nikiboko North pouring con-
crete and asphalt into one of the
pot holes. According to Pedro
DeJong of DROB to help com-
plete the project they've hired
extra people and companies:
DECO, BWN and MNO-
Vervat.

> Congratulations, DROB
Public Works Department for
finishing up the culvert pro-
jects on the Rincon Road near
Mentor. No more detours
through the quiet neighborhoods
of Antriol and North Salina.
We're sure the inhabitants of
that neighborhood are relieved
as well.

D The Atlantic hurricane
season, which began June 1
and ended last Sunday, deliv-
ered a total of 16 named
storms, including six consecu-
tive tropical cyclones Dolly,
Edouard, Fay, Gustav, Hanna
and Ike- to the US mainland.
Eight were hurricanes, five of
which were major storms of
Category 3 strength or more, the
National Hurricane Center says.
(Category 3 storms carry winds
of 111 to 130 mph, or 178 to
209 kilometers per hour.)
The tally mirrors the Center's
original prediction of 16
named tempests. Still,
this year was more ac-
tive than usual. A typi-
cal season has 11 named
storms, six hurricanes


and two major hurri-
canes, according to the
weather watchers.

0 Dutch investors
are showing an in-
creased interest in the
BES islands (Bonaire,


P Effective immediately Bonaire will charge $0.75 head tax
to cruise ship passengers. On October 1, 2009, the start of next
year's cruise ship season the tax will jump to $2 a head. An official
letter to the President of the FCCA (Florida and Caribbean Cruise-
ship Association) by the Bonaire Government said the move was
forced by economics. The cruiseship passenger tax is a first for
Bonaire which charges international air travelers $35.88 (NAf
63.50) departure tax and hotel guests a room tax. The average Car-
ibbean and Latin American cruiseship head tax is $6 per person.
The proceeds of the tax will go towards the following, for exam-
ple:
*Repair and improve the pier infrastructure (passenger ameni-
ties, ISPS safety and security, etc.)
*Repair and extend the North pier to be able to dock a mega
class ship
*Add an extra mooring dolphin to accommodate mega class
ships
*Maintenance of the Bonaire National Marine Park
*Product development designed to give the cruise visitor a
unique experience while on Bonaire
*Promotion of the destination to cruise ship passengers.


@*91


What You'll Pay
To Send that Bag
Here's a breakdown of current
fees for holiday travelers:


Airline First bag Secod bag Third bag 51-70 Ibs Oversize@
AmerTcan $15 $25 $100 $50 $150
Including American Eagle
Delta $15 50 125 W 175
Cotinental 15 25 100 50 100
All three US flag airlines that serve Bonaire with non-stop
service have begun to charge Coach Passengers for checked lug-
gage. Carry-on's are still free.


St. Eustatius and Saba). In total
some 200 appointments have
been made with investors, said
InterExpo 2008 Director Peter
Oerlemans.


A A i r France-KLM Group
said Thursday its profit
plunged in the second quarter
as higher oil prices and financial
charges weighed on the airlines'
(Continued on page 6)


This Week's Stories

Cruise Ship Fee 2
Greenery Opens-Sitchting Project 3
Almost Holland 9
Nicholaas' Insurance Policy 9
Hotel Development Postponed -II 10
Lions Windsurf Day 11
National Tree Planting Day 11
Jim Madden Drenched 12
Eco Swim Next Weekend 12
Letters to the Editor Illiteracy Revited,
Cruise Ship Visits, Cruise Ship Deposits,
Income Tax Penalty 14
Karate Kids Collect 13
4-DayWalk 13
Soldachi Tours in Rincon 18
Dennis Kellner-Mountain Climber 18




Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
on the Island Since: Mechtild Thode 4
Bonairean Voices (Religion in Schoos) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Island View (Traveling) 8
Pet of the Week ("Lab pups") 8
Sudoku Solution 9
Classifieds 12
ReporterMasthead 13
Tide Table 13
Picture Yourself(Faenza, Italy) 15
Whats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Bubbles-Did You Know (Turtles) 18
Sky Park (Full Moons) 19
The Stars Have It (Astology) 19



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Greenery Opens With Fanfare


On Tuesday
November 4th
a group of 14 Dutch
students and four
teachers arrived on
Bonaire as part of the
"Thrill Project," an
organization in Hol-
land which sets up
projects with the goal
of having HBO, MBO
and VMBO higher
level education stu-
dents work together.
"Thrill" took care of
the main portion of the
sponsoring.
Bram Vermeer, one
of the Dutch instruc-
tors who organized,


managed and partici-
pated in the project, said, "The
greenery project was set up in
connection with Bonaire's Sticht-
ing Project. It has been a big pro-
ject and I've been in it from the
beginning. It has been a great
experience and I've learned a lot.
On Bonaire you can't take
anything for granted. Money is
an issue and when it comes to
supplies and materials it's a com-
pletely different story compared
to Holland. All the drawings,
plans and material lists were
made in Holland in advance, but
when we arrived on Bonaire it
became immediately clear that
we had to adjust everything to


Stichting Project's Mick Schmit backed by his staff addresses the group.


the local situation.
We were 18 people- students
and instructors from three differ-
ent schools in Holland Winden-
sheim College in Zwolle (HBO
education), Landstede Harder-
wijk (MBO education) and Arcus
College in Lelystad, (VMBO
education). Some of the students
had never been away from home
so long, others had never been on
a plane or abroad and we all had
to live and work together for a
period of three weeks it was
intense. The cooperation has
been excellent. Also thanks to
the guidance and help of Sticht-
ing Project. It has been a very


good experience and exchange in
many ways and a great experi-
ence for all of us.
We built a professional green-
house at the Stichting Project
location and we remodeled the
garden of Stichting Project's
teaching restaurant, 'De Bo-
nairiaan.' I hope we accom-
plished something that the
youngsters of Stichting Project
will benefit from, and I really
hope it will give the kids new
impetus and ideas which they can
use later on in their professional
lives. Besides all the work we
also got the opportunity (thanks
to local sponsors) to see and ex-


Education Commissioner Silberie and students open the Greenery


perience the island in many dif-
ferent ways through various ac-
tivities which we all enjoyed
tremendously."
The official opening of the
greenery took place on the 24th of
November in the presence of
Deputies Dammers and Silberie,
local supporters, sponsors and
friends of Stichting Project and
all the Dutch and Bonairean chil-
dren and their instructors. In his
speech Mick Schmit, Manager of
Stichting Project, thanked the
Dutch group for their excellent
work and perseverance, and two


youngsters of the youth board of
Stichting Project thanked the
Dutch children in short
speeches.
After the ribbon was cut by
Deputy Silberie along with a
Bonairean and a Dutch student,
the party started. The entire at-
mosphere was one of unity, mu-
tual understanding and, not in
the least, happiness and grateful-
ness for the interaction and the
goals that were achieved.
U Story & photos by Greta
Kooistra


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Swas born in the east of
I Holland, in a place called
Goor. I have two sisters and I am
the youngest. My mom was a
homemaker and my dad comes
from a textile family. I was
raised Catholic but I don't
think I'm still a Catholic. In
Aruba we used to go to an ecu-
menical service. Because of my
husband we also got interested in
Buddhism- in meditation, the
way you see life and especially
to see people as part of the crea-
tion, not the center. We're just
another link in the chain and if
one link breaks, all creatures on
this earth will have a problem.
There is a difference though,
because we humans have ma-
nipulated nature; that's why our
responsibility is so great. We
find Jesus, as a person, the way
he thinks, very Buddhist like.
Our children were christened
at home; the thought behind it
was to welcome them into the
community but not to connect
them to a particular church.
Every church has many rules and
we find that faith cannot be cap-
tured in rules, but, on the other
hand, I do understand that peo-
ple go to church to be together


and to support each other
through faith. We do take our
children to church to give
them the feeling I experienced n
in my childhood and to show
them the way, to give them the
opportunity to make a choice.
Well, when I was 181 went
to the art academy in Utrecht,
a city in the middle of Hol-
land. I wanted to become an
illustrator. I still do, and if I'd
had more guts at the time I'd
have taken the theatre side as I
love to sing. But then I was too
young; I wasn't ready for it. At
that age there are so many
things to cope with. That's
why I really understand when
young people from here who
have to go abroad to complete
their studies have to deal with
the culture shock, the language
and the climate. They are alone
and at the same time they have
to prove themselves and achieve
their goals.
At the art academy they did see
some potential in me and when I
failed my first year I was al-
lowed to do it over again, but I
said 'No, no, I'm going to do
something entirely different!' I
went to the Catholic teacher's


college. I remember thinking,
"Here at least I can talk about
my grandparents!'
When you are a teacher it all
comes together: theatre, creativ-
ity, singing and dancing. A
classroom is like a miniature
society; you're trying to teach
the children how to deal with
each other and with the environ-
ment they're living in.


In the fourth year of my studies
I went as a trainee to Aruba and
there I met Glenn, my husband."
She laughs: "It went fast! I was
22 and he was 25. He was a
great dancer and windsurfer,
always at the beach and into
sports and lots of fun. I could
talk about anything with him.
After my trainee period I went
back to Holland and applied for


a job with the Catholic school
board in Aruba and it took only a
couple of days, then I was ac-
cepted. It was 1991. During my
first year I learned Papiamentu.
Later on that year Glenn told me,
'You're talking in your sleep!'
But what am I saying? I asked
And he answered, 'Bai
sinta!' (Sit down!). I loved my
(Continued on page 5)


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job, I was in love and I had
wings! My Aruban colleagues
supported me tremendously and
very solid friendships came out
of it. That's why Aruba is so
dear to me."

Mechtild ThodO is a very spe-
cial lady, a sparkling personal-
ity, honest, pure andjoyful and
so easy to talk to. She has the
extraordinary gift and that's
her nature ofseeing things in
the right perspective, without
any prejudice, just completely
open minded.

I was a teacher for five years
and then I went into guiding
children with a visual handicap
at the regular schools. I did it for
two years, then we left for Hol-
land with our baby girl of two
weeks, Evita, bom in 1998.
Glenn was going to do promo-
tion research in Groningen. He
did his education on Aruba
where he became a jurist. Then
there was a project of two pro-
fessors from Groningen who
were teaching on Aruba and who
wanted to create a local staff of
graduate judicial instructors on
Aruba; that's why we went. I
was very happy to be close to
my family again. In 2000 our
second daughter, Gabriela, was
bom in Groningen.
After four years we went back


to Aruba and she smiles I
must say that had I had a choice
then I would have stayed in Hol-
land. I'd noticed that I was very
Dutch... I loved to ride my bicy-
cle through wind and rain and all
weather and Holland also has a
lot to offer when it comes to all
aspects of creativity, and of
course my family was very im-
portant to me. Luckily we also
have our family on Aruba:
Glenn's father and his mother
and his three sisters. I remember
telling Glenn, 'If we didn't have
them there, I would have never


gone back to Aruba.'
In 2002 Glenn started working
at the University of Aruba as a
professor and as the dean of the
judicial faculty, and I picked up
my job again. What I wanted
badly, for myself and for others,
was to work part time, but it
wasn't possible. I worked for
five years and then I stopped. I
wanted to do a good job, at work
as well as at home, but I couldn't
do both.
When Glenn was asked to be-
come the governor of Bonaire I
immediately said 'yes,' without


thinking of myself. I know he
has always loved Bonaire. He
has such good memories of his
childhood and he wanted the
same for his children. I have a
lot of faith in his capacities. He
is someone who doesn't think of
his own interests at all. He is
such a good guy. He accepted
the position and he came here to
guide the process of the constitu-
tional changes, especially in the
interests of the Bonairean peo-
ple. He told me, 'I will go to the
cemetery where my grandparents
are and I will tell them: I'll try to


do good for your island...' She
smiles, her eyes are very bright:
Well, how can you stop some-
one...
I also see how important it is.
He's a jurist and he's especially
interested in constitutional law
and there's something else. A
year ago he attended a meeting
in Holland where they were dis-
cussing the constitutional
changes and he got very worried
because, according to him, very
little was being discussed about
the interests of the Bonaireans.
So, now we're here and it went


fast. The children are going to
Papa Comes School because it's
very important to us that our
children go to school with the
local children, as ours are also
locals. Good education should
be available for every child, only
then can you create a healthy
society. To me it's extremely
important that every child gets
an equal chance when it comes
to education because we all have
to live together, and what I want
for my children to grow up to
be happy and independent mem-
bers of our society I also want
for every other child.
I don't know yet what I'm go-
ing to do on Bonaire. I want to
sing in a choir and Lena Doma-
cass6 (the ex-governors'wife)
introduced me at Kas di Arte and
- yes I want to be on the
board, but my priorities lie with
the children of Bonaire. I was
just asked to fill in, temporarily,
at Papa Comes School and I
think that's great because I love
my profession and at the same
time I can find out more about
"Foundation Education" which
we didn't have in Aruba.
As the wife of the governor
and as a Dutch woman I hope to
create a bridge between the peo-
ple who were bom on Bonaire
and the people who were bom in
Holland because in the end we
all belong to the Kingdom of the
Netherlands. I really want to
help, but I am very careful.


That's who I am. I'm sure that
because of my position I can
make a difference in this com-
munity, especially when it
comes to social causes.

After having lived for 17 years
on Aruba I've learned to see the
value of enjoying every day and
every moment of life. Of course
it is very important to take things
seriously but to laugh like the
Antilleans taught me to laugh -
that's at
least as
impor-
tant!"

Story &
photo by
Greta
Kooistra


Thanks to Louise Rood who
wrote the many Profiles of Bo-
nairean residents who were mak-
ing a difference on the island.
Louise will be devoting her en-
ergy to other projects and doing
more traveling and will not be
able to continue her every-issue
series. However, she promises to
return with special feature arti-
cles.

In this issue we welcome the
return of Greta Kooistra who is
resuming her On The Island
Since... series first begun in
1991 on these pages.


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"When Glenn was asked to become the
Governor of Bonaire I immediately said
'yes,' without thinking of myself. I
know he has always loved Bonaire."


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Flotsam & Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
earnings. The parent company of the
French and Dutch airlines reported a net
profit of 28 million euros for the July-
September period, down 96% cent from
736 million euros a year earlier when
earnings were boosted by asset sales.

0 Obese people have the right to two
seats for the price of one on flights
within Canada, the Supreme Court of
Canada ruled on Thursday. The high court
agreed that people who are "functionally
disabled by obesity" deserve to have two
seats for one fare. The airlines had lost an
appeal at the Federal Court. The court's
decision not to hear a new appeal means
the one-person-one-fare policy stands.

1 The Central Bank of the Nether-
lands Antilles has lowered its official
interest rate on loans by .75% from
2.50% to 1.75 %. The decrease was in-
fused by the recent lowering of the US
Federal Reserve's Federal Funds Rate, the
decrease of the tariffs on the foreign
money market and its effect on the do-
mestic money market.

1 The Dutch national debt is at its
highest level due to the rescue packages
the government has given to the financial
sector to help it cope with the worldwide
credit crisis.
The national debt has increased by 9%
to 283 billion euros in the last two
months. In September when the govern-
ment presented its budget for next year,
the cabinet believed the national debt
would be at its lowest level since records
were kept.


1 The minimum Spain
wage in Bonaire is ris- Greece
ing to NAf 7, 21 ($4.07) France
Belgium
per hour as calculated for Netherlands
a 40-hour week, NAf United Kindom
1.248,77 per month). Ireland
You can compare that to Luxembourg
the US Federal minimum 0 250 500 750 1000 1250 1500 1750
wage of $6.55 going up euro
to $7.25 in July 2009 and Source: Eurostat
Holland's 7, 82 per
hour ($9.97) minimum wage, which is more than double that of Bonaire. The Dutch
minimum wage, which is related to the age of the worker, is considered the fourth
highest in Europe.


0 Dos and Bertie Winkel presented
their new book, "Colors ofBonaire," at
Addo's Book store last Sunday During
the coming three weeks they will be at
Buddy Dive every Friday evening to sign
their books.



A new fitness center is opening next
week on December 8th. The Health and
Fitness Center Bonaire will feature fit-
ness group exercise. It's equipped with
Technogym workout machines. Find it at
Kaya Grandi 38 (enter on Kaya L.D.
Gerharts).

SThe RE/MAX Paradise Homes' long
awaited opening of its brand new office
building and celebration of its fifth an-
niversary will be on Friday, December
12 at the new Kaya Grandi office. The
celebration had to be postponed due to the
torrential rains that dampened all of Bon-
aire. Join them to celebrate with drinks,
snacks and music on the 12th. See their
invitation on page 3.


)There is a new
Internet connection
option on the island
that works almost
everywhere, even on
your boat or in your
car. MIO Internet,
"Inet," is the fastest
wireless broadband
available. Load the software. Plug the
mouse-sized device into a USB port and
you're done. No wires or router needed.
Right now it's operational from the MIO
towers at Flamingo TV and Seroe Largo


but will be expanded to the other two
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RELIGION IN SCHOOL
PART I

W e have heard there are three
things that people don't like to
talk about: their Age, Politics and Relig-
ion. But the truth about the last item, re-
ligion, is that through the centuries relig-
ion has governed peoples' lives, and still
when babies are born there's always some
kind of religion ruling their lives. If you
ask someone what their religion is you
might get all different kinds of answers.
Some may say... my money is my relig-
ion; others will say I'm Catholic, or Ad-
ventist, or Evangelist or even Buddhist,
and we can continue to mention a lot
more.
Religion is often described as a way of
life or a belief system about the ultimate
power. But when you see the photos of
the two buildings in this article which one
you will choose? Of course this is your
choice and we must respect it. This is all
that matters: Respect for all the people
surrounding us no matter what religion
they practice. In my last article the direc-
tor of the SGB high school, Mr. Serapio
Pop, talked about going back to the basics
- teaching our school kids the values and
discipline of being part of a community.
And teachers too need to respect school-
children's opinions. So I decided to see
how this is done in the basic or elemen-
tary schools.
I interviewed Mrs. Nilva Wout (49),
director of the RK (Rooms Katoliek
Schoolbestuur) office for the Catholic
elementary schools (Kristo Bon Warda-
dor, San Bemardo, Papa Comes and Col-
legio Luis Beltran). The SGB (high
school) and public schools like Watapana
and Reina Beatrix have their own school
boards.
Nilva Wout said, "We have religion
classes every day for 20 to 30 minutes for
all levels, and of course these classes are


given in the Catho-
lic tradition. We
have catechists and/
or teachers giving
these lessons. There
are a lot of children
who are not Catho-
lic attending the
Catholic elementary .f
schools because
their parents find
that we give more
discipline. This
discipline is based
more on qualified
rules and values
that help the child
become an inde-
pendent functional
citizen who gives a
positive contribu-
tion to our commu-
nity. A lot of chil- Si
dren get some kind
of religious teaching
at home, but some
don't get anything.
And these are the
children who, when
they get into SGB
and confront peer
pressure, having to
make a decision for
the best or the worst,
often can't make the
best decision and
end up going the
wrong way. All
schools need to have
an open mind to
guide children in a good direction. O
Catholic schools have reflection day
the sixth graders to prepare them for
school's challenges. There's a 'Yout
Explosion,' a group of young people
ganizing spiritual activities where mc
the SGB kids may participate. There


religion be taught in schools. In our
Catholic elementary schools we teach
every child to have respect for all chil-
dren even those who are not Catholic. We
can see that this is getting a plus point for
our children. They like to contribute to the
school's rules, values and norms. And
that's why continuity is
very important. All
schools must practice the
same standards."
In my next articles we
will see how other
schools are dealing with
this matter. -
Siomara E. Albertus

Send your comments to The
Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407,
Bonaire, or email re-
porter(@bonairenews.com.


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ur lot of children interested in religion but
s for not many teachers to feed their needs. The
high big gap between the elementary schools
h and SGB exists in the continuity of reli-
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TRAVELING


Vacation is nearing and many
are planning their temporary
escape from Bonaire, and many are
planning their own temporary escape
to Bonaire. These days you can sit for
hours behind the computer and plan
your whole trip on the Internet. You
can watch pictures beforehand so you
know exactly what to expect. While
doing that you can enjoy your marvel-
ous plans with great anticipation. And
then the day arrives when you have to
go to the airport and start your jour-
ney.
I used to love the idea of getting on
a plane and taking off to new adven-
tures. I still love the arriving part, but
it is the part in between taking off and
arriving that horrifies me now. Ever
since they started to change the secu-
rity rules I hate traveling by plane. I
just put on my "stupid face," try not to
think too much about it and just grin
and bear it.
Certain rules will never make sense
to me. For example: you cannot take a
bottle of water with you because one
person of all the millions of travelers
decided to become very creative with
a bottle. Or this one: you have to take
off your shoes for a security check
because one person tried to blow up a
plane with a shoe. If you try to take


your nail clipper with you, you will
lose it. But you can take a pen, a
walking stick or shoe laces with you
on a plane, all perfectly good tools to
hurt somebody if you wanted to.
When are they going to reverse those
rules, can anybody tell me? Oh, they
were not temporary measures? Of
course these are small nuisances in the
whole scheme of things.
What annoys me the most is the fact
that as soon as you pay for your ticket,
you become not only a traveler but
also a suspect. As you wait in a long
line to have your luggage X-rayed and
your papers checked, you are viewed
suspiciously, as if you committed
some crime.. when your only offense
is wanting to leave an island for some
good times. That notion is real pain in
the neck.
It is very humiliating to be pulled
out of a queue to have your backpack
checked for explosives. Or, when you
handed over your passport, you were
given a complete body check just be-
cause your nationality says "Dutch."
Here you are, a normal citizen living a
normal life, and then suddenly you
have to spread your arms and legs and
a complete stranger is touching you.
That is really something to look for-
ward to as you plan for that much-


needed vacation.
And it is always
very important
to never ever
make fun of the
whole situation.
Then you are in
danger of miss-
ing your flight.
Of course
there is the ar-
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ing these protocols for our protection.
It may be so. But is the emphasis on
nail clippers and bottles of water
really going to help? The time for all
these security checks is still increas-
ing. Not so long ago you had to be
through customs one hour before take-
off, now it is almost two. There is a
limit, I hope. What will happen if
somebody decides to make a weapon
out of his shirt or pants? Will they
have to be taken off as well as the
shoes? That would make traveling
certainly very interesting.
In all the aggravations of traveling
by plane there is something to look
forward to. There are of course your
adventures abroad. And when you
come back to Bonaire you do not have
to stand in line when you return from
your vacation, because you can stand


at the "ingezetenen." Even after the
indignities of flying, being able to
enter via the short "residents" queue
always still brings a little smile to my
face, even though I too will have to
wait for my baggage to appear on the
belt, just like all the others. There is a
hint of malicious delight looking at a
long queue which you can skip, I
know. But after being asked whether I
had fruit, nail clippers, explosives,
water, money, a criminal record as
carry-on, and after that being touched
by hands with latex gloves, that de-
light at the end of my trip is very
sweet. MaryAnn Koops

Koops teaches Biology at
the SGB High School. Her
insightful commentary ap-
pears regularly in The Re-


Pets of The Week I


Here's a rare opportunity for some-
one who wants a very healthy
half purebred Labrador pup. Right now at
the Bonaire Animal Shelter there are five
full-of-fun puppies who were brought in
by someone who attests to the fact that
the mom was a pure bred Lab who had a
rendezvous with an adventurous street
dog (kacho di kaya). The result was five
adorable puppies, all of whom are real
friendly and nice. They're about nine
weeks old, very social as they've been
living with other dogs and cats and play-
ing with the staff and volunteers of the
Shelter. As are all the other adoptees
these pups have been examined by the
vet, had their shots, worming and tests
and will be sterilized when they're old
enough. All this for the dog adoption fee
of NAf 105. Stop by and meet them at
the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm
and 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
It's Parvo season again so make sure
your dogs, especially puppies, have been
inoculated. This is a killer disease so keep
an eye on your young dogs. Symptoms
include throwing up, bloody diarrhea and
lack of energy. It's very contagious so
keep your puppies and dogs safe from
other dogs.
Christmas is coming and a perfect gift
that can make everyone happy is a Bon-
aire Animal Shelter T-shirt. They're
NAf 12 for kids. Tank tops are NAf 15
and Tees are NAf 22. There's a fine se-
lection at the Shelter itself, at Carib Inn
and on cruise ship days (see Happenings


section) they're sold at the Animal Shel-
ter stand at the crafts market at Wilhel-
mina Park.
According to the staff at the Shelter,
gift giving should not include animals -
as the gift. People need to pick out their
own pets and although the thought might
be nice it's not fair to the pet or the per-
son who receives it. Choosing a pet is a
serious and responsible matter and the
owner must be ready and able to take on
the training and care of a new dog or cat.
There have been cases at the Shelter
where a pet was given to someone who
couldn't do that and the pet had to be
returned; stress for all, especially the pet.
L.D.


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Almost Holland


The Dutch Government and the BES
islands of Bonaire, Saba and St.
Eustatius completed months of political
consultations in The Hague in mid-
November and came up with an action
plan will be executed in 2009 and 2010:

Improve the quality in education.
This includes school books and
other educational material, school
buses and tackling of urgent prob-
lems in the schools and study fi-
nancing for students.
The BES islands will soon be able to
count on 24-hour, 7-day availability
of emergency transport for the sick.
A care facility will be established in
2009 to finance the implementation
of a health care insurance which will
be taken over gradually from the
current health care providers such as
the Social Insurance Bank, SVB.
A center for youth and family will
be established on the three islands to
facilitate the implementation of the
policy in this area. Dutch Minister of
Youth and Family Affairs, Andre
Rouvoet, announced on November
20 that he is making 6 million euros
available for this.
The principle of social benefits
(onderstand) will be anchored in a
law with the point of departure that
the level is acceptable in the Nether-
lands.
Mental health care, care for addicted
persons and care for physically chal-
lenged persons will receive special
attention because of the backlog in
that area.
A new foster home for youngsters
will be built on Bonaire to replace
the current one.
A team of social workers will be
formed in 2009/2010 to assist
youngsters on the three islands.
The Netherlands will continue to
deploy Royal Dutch Marechaussee
(Military Police) on the BES islands
in 2009 and 2010 to assist the local
police forces. Police officers will be
recruited both locally and in the
Netherlands.
Priority will be given to establishing
a joint call center for emergency
services.
Priority will be given to improving
the jail cells and developing and
training police. The Dutch Govern-
ment is making available an addi-


tional one million euros for police
on the islands, specifically for better
equipment and vehicles.
Bonaire will get a mountain bike
police surveillance team.
Dutch probation officers will con-
tinue to work in Bonaire.
The Netherlands will provide new
equipment for the fire departments
in January 2009. In general the fire
departments will be improved and a
cooperation agreement will be
signed with the municipality of The
Hague.
The system of the current old age
pension, AOV, will be replaced one-
on-one by the Dutch AOW. Social
welfare and pensions will be
executed by Regional Service
Centers.
A pension fund for civil servants
will be set up, and legal rights of
civil servants defined. The Dutch
Government has reconfirmed that
federal and island civil servants
working on the islands will become
Dutch civil servants.
(Rijksambtenaren in Dutch).
The official currency of the BES
islands will be the US dollar. The
US Federal Reserve has already
given this arrangement its OK. Par-
ties will cooperate to prevent exces-
sive price hikes as a result of the
introduction of the dollar.

More definition is necessary for:
Legislation to regulate taxes, excises
and Customs. The Dutch State Sec-
retary of Finance will visit the BES
islands in the first quarter of 2009 to


nthony Nicolaas and the seven-person Bonaire BES week delegation pushed
for a legal basis for the BES islands' status to be added to the Dutch constitu-
tion. But, because an amendment to the constitution requires a complex and lengthy
procedure,* a compromise was found in the existing procedures via an Explanatory
Note in the Kingdom Charter. This way, explained Nicolaas, the people of the BES
islands are guaranteed that the position of the islands is secured in the future no
matter which coalition forms the Dutch Government.
A stipulation will be added to the Charter that will secure the BES islands' constitu-
tional basis when the Netherlands Antilles disappear as a country and to accommo-
date the new status of "Country" Curaqao and "Country" St. Maarten as well.
In Bonaire's opinion, the basic legislation defining the BES role as a "public en-
tity," the WOLBES, as a piece of legislation by itself would not sufficiently protect
the new communities.
In the Explanatory Note to the Charter it would be stated that the Dutch Constitution
would be applicable to the BES islands, once they have become a public entity.
"That gives us the protection," explained Nicolaas. The Explanatory Note would go
into effect in 2010 or 2011 when the BES islands become a public entity.

The Dutch constitution can be only modified in two readings. After thefirst read-
ing the House of Commons must be dissolved and there must be new elections. Af-
terwards the constitution can be modified. U G.D.

reach a political agreement on the SN TO D
new tax regime. SOLUTION TO DO YOU SUDOKU?
new tax regime.
The Dutch Ministry of Economic 965 734 182
Affairs must submit proposals in96 734
2009 for a general emergency num- 872 591 634
ber and international codes for tele-
communication. 431 286 759
The postal service.
The use of ID cards for travelling g 648 329 517
within the Kingdom. 2
The role of the Lt. Governor in 1 217 658 493
admitting foreigners to the BES 593 417 826
islands.
Talks will be held with Curamao and 324 875 961
St. Maarten to facilitate air traffic
control and meteorological services 759 162 348
at the airports.
More still is to be done, but this is a sub- 186 943 275
stantial start. U G.D.


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HOTEL CONSTRUCTION ON BONAIRE POSTPONED


The opinions expressed are solely those of the au


Volk


Part II... continued from the last edi-
tion

As far as the Bonaire Hilton Hotel &
Spa is concerned, the groundbreak-
ing, announced by the Hilton Hotels Cor-
poration in December 2007 and applauded
with enthusiasm by the local government,
has never taken place and for a long time
it seemed that nothing would happen at
the hotel site at all. However, several
months ago, Silvousa, the largest local
construction company, which was to build
the hotel, started to work there and the
building activities are now in full pro-
gress.

During my recent visit to the site I
learned, to my surprise, that the contrac-
tor's current activities had nothing to do
with the Hilton Hotel but concerned the
large residential project called Azul De-
velopment. In theory, the hotel, if and
when it's built, can still be a part of the
Azul Development project, in the north-


east corer of the
site, bordered by
two roads. The
parts have been
now reversed.
Originally the
Hilton Hotel was
a center point of
the Azul project.
The owners of the
residential houses
built next to it had
all the advantages
of being
neighbors of the
famous hotel.
Now the potential
buyers are being
told that these
houses have noth-
ing to do with the
Hilton Hotel. It is
a completely dif-
ferent situation
from the case of
the Divi Sunset
Resort where the
condos form the
essential part of
the project, as had
been done in all
the Divi Resort
projects on
Aruba. Another
difference is that
the planned Divi
Sunset Hotel has


almost double (275) the number of rooms
of the Hilton (144 rooms and suites).
It is obvious that after the misleading
announcement of the hotel groundbreak-
ing the Azul developers themselves came
to the only logical conclusion that the site
was absolutely not suitable for construc-
tion of a first class hotel resort. Without
any further announcement about abandon-
ing the construction of a Hilton Hotel they
started instead to construct one of Bon-
aire's biggest residential projects. It is
possible that in the future the houses will
be built on the area originally planned for
the hotel as well.
The reason for Azul's decision may be
that residential properties can often be
sold at a greater profit than building and
above all operating a Hilton hotel at this
site. The Azul Development project con-
sists of 78 "casitas" (rijtjeshuizen), at-
tached two-story houses, built on common
foundations. For the contractor, each row
is just one building. Each house has a
small garden, small swimming pool and a


ithor.
boat mooring. The casitas will be built
along the shores of two peninsulas, Las
Salinas in the north and Los Jardines in
the eastern part of the site. The largest
number of houses will be constructed on
Sthe island between these two peninsulas,
called simply La Isla. Next to the casitas
individual lots for construction of 15
villas cover the area on the tips of the
peninsulas and of the island. The largest
lot on La Isla, with an area of 637
square meters, is offered at a price of
$637,000, ($1,000 per sq.m.) For this
price the buyers get a long-term lease on
the land which will remain with the gov-
ernment since the whole site has been
long leased to Azul. In addition, as long
lease holders they have to pay a yearly
fee for the lease (erfpachtcanon). The
casitas themselves are being offered at a
typical price of around $630,000.
It seems that in about four years the prob-
lem of disposing of waste water from big
shorefront hotels will be solved by the
completion of the municipal sewage sys-
tem. In that case the Divi Sunset resort,
which is scheduled to be completed before
that, will need a wastewater alternative
like its own system or participation in the
haul-away action plan.

While we have been speaking all the time
only about two planned big hotels, Divi
Sunset and the Hilton, it seems now to be
almost certain that a third big hotel will be
built on the site of the existing eyesore


PART II
ruin of the Esmeralda hotel at Punt Vier-
kant. Because of the Dutch regulations,
which will now certainly be applied also
to Bonaire, an incomplete structure must
be completed or demolished. Entrepreneur
Niek Sandmann, who received the land
with the Esmeralda ruin in long term
lease, decided eventually to act after many
years of doing nothing in this matter. Ac-
cording to the Papiamentu language news-
paper, Extra, Sandmann, seeing the immi-
nent danger, submitted drawings for the
completion of the hotel to DROB
(Government Planning and Public
Works). However, it may have been too
late because the government recently
made the decision to take the land back
from him and give it in lease to another
developer. It was reported that Sand-
mann's lawyers are trying now to reverse
the decision of the government.
Unlike Hilton, the new big hotel at Punt
Vierkant will be built on a spacious
oceanfront lot. Compared to Divi Sunset,
there will be fewer environmental prob-
lems because no artificial sand beach has
to be constructed directly on the shore.
During the hotel construction the develop-
ers of the Esmeralda hotel had already
excavated a lagoon between the hotel and
the sea. A similar scheme has been suc-
cessfully applied in case of the Harbour
Town (now Renaissance) Hotel on Aruba.


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On Sunday, November 23,
the Bonaire Lions Club
organized a wonderful family
day with games and a BBQ at
Sorobon beach for its members
in conjunction with the Lions
Annual windsurfing tournament.
Results of the Eighth Lions Club
Windsurfing Competition:
New Kids Boys Slalom
1 place Nathan Finies
2 place Serginho Finies
3 place Yavis Chirino
New Kids Girls Slalom
1 place Anais Pauletta
2 place Mavelly Velandia
Kids Slalom
1 place Amado Vrieswijk
2 place Jurgen Saragoza
Big Kids Slalom
1 place Dylan Robles


2 place Youp Schmit
3 place David Lee Winklaar
Girls Slalom
1 place Amber Jasperse
2 place Daniela Simal
Woman Slalom
1 place Monique Meijer
2 place Andrea Simal
3 place Mabel Simal
Junoirs Slalom
1 place Bjorn Saragoza
2 place Hendryck Balentien
3 place Ezri Heymans
Men Slalom
1 place Elton Taty Frans
2 place Evertson" Choco" Frans
3 Place Jeager Sint Jago
Master Slalom
1 place Constantino Saragoza
2 place Sebastian Schonderfer
Freestyle


Lions Princess
1 place Anais Pauletta
Lions Kid
1 place Amado Vrieswijk
2 place Rover Drullaart
3 place Youp Schmidt
Lions Prince
1 place Bjorn Saragoza
2 place Hendryck Balentien
3 place Atchuendro Finies
Lion King
1 place Demenson" Kiri" Thode
2 place Everon "Tonky" Frans
3 place Elton "Taty" Frans

Thanks to all who helped and
sponsored. 0 Press release


National Tree Planting Day
n a recent
Saturday
at the Amboina
Centro di Bario
National Tree
Planting Day was
celebrated with
the planting of
seven trees. On
hand for the fes-
tivities was Peter
Meijer from the
Dutch Elizabeth
Funds and Sen-
ora Von Daal
from a Curaqao
environmental
group. Senora
Von Daal pre- ndueteir ii


sented a gift tree,
a Koely Dryf, from the island of
Curaqao to the community of
Bonaire. The Bonai students
were there as were representa-
tives from DROB, STINAPA,
LVV and SKAL.
Holland has been planting trees
annually for the 50 years and
they want to encourage the
Dutch Antilles islands to con-
tinue the practice.
The sun decided to come out
from its cloud cover to shine
brightly as the volunteers planted
each of the trees. So today the
Amboina Centro di Bario has a
line of typically Bonairean trees
to show off:: Kalbas, Mata
Santu, Shimaruku, Tamarind, Sia


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P reparations
for this
event are in full
swing and this year
there will be five
categories of races
taking place the
usual 10k, 5k,3K
and 1K swims with a
new race for this
year -a 2k/2 person
relay swim.

All the courses
will start and finish
at Capt. Don's Habi-
tat and will be swum
along the north coast
of Bonaire, allowing
swimmers the op-
portunity to enjoy Last year's Eco Swim start
the beauty of Bon-
aire's tropical reefs. Swimmers will be allowed to use mask, snorkel and fins.
While there will be several "elite" swimmers competing again this year, the race is for fun
and is designed for all who wish to swim at their own pace, simply for the joy of swimming in
the pristine waters of Bonaire. Awards will be given to top male and female finishers in all of
the races.
The official registration will take place on Friday December 5th between 3 and 5:30pm. The
registration fee for all residents of the Netherlands Antilles is NAf 25 for adults and NAf 10
for kids when showing a Sedula. This includes the registration fee, a pasta dinner, T-shirt,
swim cap and a bag.
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Karate Kids Collect

M embers of BonKarate collected l
two medals at the recent Dutch
Caribbean Karate Championship organized
by the Nederlands Antilliaanse Karate-do
Bond and the Curagaose Karate Bond. Par-
ticipating were teams from Aruba, Suiri-
nam, Bonaire and Curagao. Representing
Bonaire were Marvellous Maingot, Leo-
nard Janga, Theursten Winklaar, Dylan
Loozen, David-Lee Winklaar, Everone
Vrutaal and Kia-San Silberie.
Kia-San Silberie won third place in the i
young woman's class and Everone Vrutaal
in the young men's class in a very high
level of competition. All competitors ex-
hibited good sportsmanship and set their
sights on more medals next time. -
"Sensei" Silberie thanks Desiree Silberie
and Henrique Winklaar for their help in the
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The unusually wet "rainy season" certainly
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starters were far fewer than the 252 partici-
pants the organizers said had signed up.
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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
12-05 1:33 1.OFT. 9:43 1.5FT. 15:21 1.4FT. 17:23 1.4FT. 47
12-06 1:11 1.OFT. 9:03 1.6FT. 16:31 1.3FT. 18:25 1.3FT. 43
12-07 0:58 1.OFT. 9:13 1.8FT. 17:41 1.2FT. 19:46 1.2FT. 44
12-08 0:53 1.OFT. 9:36 1.9FT. 18:26 1.0FT. 21:17 1.1FT. 52
12-09 0:49 0.9FT. 10:05 2.0FT. 19:22 0.9FT. 22:45 1.OFT. 63
12-10 0:15 0.9FT. 10:42 2.1FT. 20:12 0.8FT. 76
12-11 11:28 2.2FT. 21:02 0.7FT. 87
12-12 12:10 2.2FT. 21:58 0.7FT. 97
12-13 13:00 2.2FT. 22:41 0.6FT. 102
12-14 13:51 2.1FT. 23:20 0.6FT. 103
12-15 14:43 2.0FT. 100
12-16 0:34 0.7FT. 15:42 1.9FT. 92
12-17 1:05 0.8FT. 16:38 1.7FT. 82
12-18 1:25 0.9FT. 8:48 1.5FT. 13:21 1.4FT. 17:45 1.5FT. 70
12-19 1:33 1.OFT. 8:42 1.6FT. 15:18 1.2FT. 18:49 1.4FT. 57


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ILLITERACY REVISITED

Dear Editor,
I often enjoy reading the
educational articles of Mary Ann
Koops, and learn from them.
However, I was very surprised to
read in the article regarding
illiteracy on Bonaire, that the
first reason for it is "almost all
children speak another language
at home than at school
(Papiamentu at home, Dutch at
school) which is a handicap."
Ms. Koops referred to a research
that has shown a vulnerability of
such people to becoming
functional illiterate.
I'd like to know more about this
research, because I don't think
such a conclusion has been
definitely reached. Moreover, a
web site of American Speech-
Language-Hearing Association
says,
"Most children have the capacity
and facility to learn two or more
languages. Research suggests
there are advantages to being
bilingual, such as, linguistic and
metalinguistic abilities and
cognitive flexibility, such as,
concept formation, divergent
thinking and general reasoning
and verbal abilities.
According to the 2002 US
Census, more than 7.5 million
children between the ages of 5
and 17 (about 14 %) speak a
language other than English at
home and the number of
bilingual speakers is expected to
increase in the coming years."
In addition, I am personally
familiar with at least three other
cultures where children routinely
have spoken different languages
at home and at school without
demonstrating any handicap
caused by this.
First, Jewish children for
generations spoke Yiddish at
home, plus some Hebrew while
learning Torah, and some other
language at school, it being
Russian, English, Polish,
whatever.
Second, in former Soviet
republics, like in Azerbaijan
where I grew up, many children
spoke their native language at
home and Russian at school.
Third, in Israel that is a country
of recent immigrants many
children spoke their parents'
language at home and Hebrew at
school.
None of these societies has
shown any increased
vulnerability to functional
illiteracy. It is not clear to me
that a bilingual growing up can
be blamed.
Genady Filovsky


Reply from article author Mary
Ann Koops:
Supporting information came
from the Dutch language website
http://www.lezenenschriiven.nl/
nl/analfabetisme/herkennen/
The point was indeed that chil-
dren in an environment with a
limited supply of books, maga-
zines and such are more vulner-
able to become functionally illit-
erate. On top of that, when you
have to learn to read and write in
a language that is not your native
tongue, it makes you even more
vulnerable.
In the cultures Genady speaks of
there are a lot of books in their
native tongue available to read
for a growing child. Here on
Bonaire, the books have only
started to appear in the last 20
years. And we need a lot more.
But it also remains true that chil-
dren of a different background
from the country where they ob-
tain their education are more
vulnerable to becoming illiterate.
For example, you see it among
the children of the immigrants in
the Netherlands.
Mary Ann Koops


IFreewinds leaving Curacao


CRUISE SHIP VISITS

Dear Editor:
(In reference to the article on
cruise ship visits in the last issue)
These ships average 1,000 to
3,500 passengers, the majority of
whom spend very little time,
money or effort to improve our
Island. Currently, there is not
even a head tax per passenger
which could bring a huge amount
of revenue to Bonaire, perhaps
useful for the sorely needed sew-
age treatment plant now sought
by the Government and
STINAPA. Divers, ECO tourists
and airline passengers pay tax.
Why not cruise passengers?
The Freewinds, on the other
hand, with no more than 250
passengers aboard, has been


coming here for many years and
during every visit provides spe-
cial services, shows, fund raising
campaigns and other assorted
projects which have greatly
benefited Bonaire and it's peo-
ple. Bonairean youth, the eld-
erly, music and education pro-
grams, to name a few I've been
witness to, have all benefited
from the time, effort and energy
of the caring Captain, crew and
passengers on the ship. Give
them, rather than the standard
wastewater-dumping criticisms
they usually receive, a HIP HIP
HOORAY --- for their dedication
and persistence in giving back to
our community. Unlike other
cruise ships, these folks have
always contributed financially,
physically, intellectually and
emotionally to a large variety of
Bonaire's ongoing projects.
What about daily runoff from
many of our hotels? How many
of them, after all the talk and
meetings, are actually working
like our Captain Don's facility,
to reduce the amount and trans-
port it away from the sea, (per-
haps a temporary solution, but a
start), or contribute financially
towards the whole new plant we
sorely need?
New construction of large apart-
ments and condominiums on the
waterfront where single- family
dwellings previously existed is
also creating major runoff prob-
lems. It is much more important
now to focus on limiting and
monitoring the current construc-
tion boom and carefully super-
vising and supporting plans for
speeding up new sewage disposal
projects in order to save our most
spectacular asset the reefs.
STINAPA, the current Antillean
Government and the soon-to-
come Dutch Government should
make this top priority for 2009.
We don't have much time left!
I grew up in Florida and have
watched over the past sixty-plus
years the effects of over-
population, over-building, over-
fishing and wastewater runoff, to
name a few. It has been so devas-
tating that there is little left to
admire of what was once the
beautiful peninsula of Florida
and it's surrounding beaches,
clear waters and wooded land-
scape. After 20-plus years on
Bonaire, I now see similar prob-
lems occurring here.

PLEASE, no more petty argu-
ments and finger-pointing. We
must ALL work together now to
save our beautiful, unique Bon-
aire and it's surrounding reefs for
the generations to come!
Judith Schmidt


CRUISE SHIP "DEPOSITS"
Dear Editor:
Is it really true that the ship Freewinds leaves their sewage here
on the island to the tune of 18, 9-cubic-meter truckloads a day?
(Bonaire Reporter November 7-21, 2008) And they're here for 27
days during the next season? How can this be on this small island
where we're so worried about saving the reef and desperately need-
ing a sewage system for our own people? How come the other doz-
ens of cruise ships don't have to dispose of their waste while in the
Port of Bonaire? Can't Freewinds do the same?
A Disgusted Resident

t INCOME TAX PENALTY

Dear Editor:
Here is something your readers should know. If you
don't file your personal income tax form (the form is
called Aangiftebiljet Inkomstenbelasting), or if you file it too late,
you can be penalized.
For the first time the penalty (Definitieve aanslag Inkomstenbe-
lasting) is NAf 250, the second time you are too late it will be
NAf 500, the third time it will be NAf 1.000, and from than on it
will be NAf 1.500.
The Bonaire tax-inspector, however, uses different figures, based
on old laws. He uses the amounts NAf 500, 1500 and 2500, which
are NOT CORRECT.
If you get a penalty for filing your form too late or not at all, you
have to write an objection letter, and until the inspector has low-
ered the penalty, don't pay the penalty.
People have to write to the Eilandsontvanger (Island Collector of
Taxes) also, and tell them they have made an objection, and they
don't want to pay until the inspector has responded to the objec-
tion.
R. Sanders


im and Jane Madden, Bonaire residents and volunteers and
supporters of the Bonaire Animal Shelter, decided the best
way to celebrate Jim's 60th birthday would be to have a big party
and ask guests to donate something to the shelter instead of bring-
ing a gift. Over 100 guests attended the event at Don Paranda on
Sunday afternoon November 23, including members of the Bonaire
Bikers Motorcycle Club who gave Jim the traditional BBMC dous-
ing with a bucket of water in honor of his birthday. Great food and
a "motorcycle" birthday cake were provided by Norca and her staff,
while the attractive bartenders Zutje and Sharon of Wil's Tropical
Grill generously poured the libations. The most exciting part of the
entire event actually happened the day after the party when Jim
proudly presented the Bonaire Animal Shelter with over
NAf 1150 in donations from his guests. Jim and Jane thank every-
one who attended for making his 60th birthday such a wonderful
success. Jane Disko-Madden


Bonaire Reporter December 5-19, 2008


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Did -

You"

Know...
that a sea turtle's
gender is
determined by the
temperature of the : ,e .,
eggs during
incubation? For most reptiles, the temperature during the first trimester is the
determining factor. If the eggs are above 300 C then they will develop into females,
and below 300 C they become males. This dependency on temperature could have a
huge effect on the turtle population in the future. With global warming raising the
global temperature, the majority of the hatchlings are becoming female! As the
temperature becomes higher and higher, males will become more and more rare-
putting the turtle population in danger! Kelsey Burns

Burns is currently an intern at CIEE research station, having
graduated with a degree in Marine Biology from James Cook
University, Australia. She wants to work toward her PhD and study
larval ecology or ichthyology.

"Do what you can to lower your carbon footprint. Use less
electricity. Unplug chargers that aren't being used and turn off
lights/fans/aircos when you leave a room. Walk or bike instead of
driving a car when possible, and because our fresh water is made
through a process that uses diesel fuel, try to use less water (Don't
let it run when washing dishes or brushing your teeth)." 0 Caren
Eckrich



How the Turtle Got Its Shell
ver wonder how a turtle got its
shell? You're not the only one.
Evolutionary biologists and paleontolo-
gists have long been stumped by the
question. But a recently unearthed turtle
fossil, the oldest on record, may hold the
answer. Researchers reported in Nature
last week that the fossil indicates shells
evolved as an extension of turtles' back-
bones and ribs.
Scientist have been in the dark until
now because all fossilized turtles previ-
ously discovered had complete shells.
But this 220-million-year-old fossil is an
ancestor of the modem turtle at a stage
when its shell was still evolving.
An international team of paleontolo-
gists led by Chun Li of the Chinese
Academy of Sciences in Beijing analyzed
the 16-inch- (40 centimeter-) long fossil,
which was discovered in Guizhou Prov-
ince in southwestern China. They con-
clude that the bones belonged to a Trias-


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sic turtle ancestor, which they named
Odontochelys semitestacea, meaning
"toothed turtle with a half shell."
The newly discovered species sported a
shelled belly and a little extra bone on its
spine, supporting the theory that turtles'
shells formed over eons as their back-
bones and ribs grew. The main compet-
ing idea is that hard, bony plates in their
skin (such as those in the skin of modem-
day crocodiles) fused together.
The authors say that this turtle species
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tors below while they were swimming.
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REGULAR EVENTS

By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for resi-
dents and local people. Tel. 717-8489,
540-9800.
Parke Publico children's play-
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Saturdays
* Rincon Marsh--6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
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local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the
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every first Saturday of the month, 3
to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy
and to sell. NAf5 per selling table.
More information and reservations for
a spot call 787-0466
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon.
Call Maria Koeks for more informa-
tion-796-7870.
Mondays
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Thursdays
* Flamingo Rockers at
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7 pm
Fridays
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos
at 565-5225

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS

Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -
pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
5080
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 6:30
pm-717-3802.
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sun-
set Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condo-
miniums.
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8819) at 6:30pm.

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS

Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past inthis venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family has just stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thin Friday,
9 -12, 2-4. Weekends by appointment Call
717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the


view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17thcentuy. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017

CLUBS and MEETINGS

AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm; every Sunday at 5pm. Phone: 786
-7699.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30
pm) All levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop
717-5903 for venue.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
For more information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Mar-
tinez Beck, at 786-2953.

CHURCH SERVICES

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10
am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Kralendijk
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English
at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meet-
ing at Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6
to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5
to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk
- Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,


Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in
Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church lo-
cated temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit #
20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services
are held on Sunday mornings from
10am until 11:30am. Bible studies in
English are on Monday nights from 7
to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20
Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH
Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visi-
tors Welcome: 701-9522 for Informa-
tion

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SHOPPING and DINING GUIDE


AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COM-
PUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.

BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.

BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells
top brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

CELLULAR SERVICE
Mio offers by far the clearest, most phone reliable sig-
nal on the island. And their personnel are trained and
friendly. Check out their unlimited calling plan.


DINING
De Bonairiaan Restaurant-is a unique restaurant run
by the students of the Stitchting Project with their advi-
sors. Each day a different menu.
Kaya J. A. Abraham Blvd., #21
(nearly across from Divi Resort)
717-6921, 786-6816
Inexpensive: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9 am-2 pm for Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
/2 mile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out
Philips Cooking and Organizing is your personal
chef for Private Dinners, Catering, Party Snacks and
Wedding Services. Let Philip do it all
www.philipscooking.com call 701-1100


DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.


WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
Caf6, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments.

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above
and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire's
top videographer

FITNESS
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modem workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight and
get fit.

GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it
and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

INSURANCE
RSA, Royal Sun & Alliance is your one-stop shop for
all your insurance needs: auto, home, boat and personal
liability. Top notch service assured.

PEST CONTROL
Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of all
those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that
want to invade your home. Call now and save your
investment in your home.

POOLS and SPAS
Sunshine Pool Care is "All About Pools and Spas" -
Building them, caring for them, providing service, sup-
plies and equipment.

PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides,
items and services. Full digital services.

REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your
home.

Bonaire Partners-Rental and Property management
specialists. If you have a place to rent call them

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of choices in real es-
tate-Interational/US connections. 5% of profits do-


nated to local community. List with them to sell fast.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free
gift wrap.

SALT
The Salt Shop offers uniquely special Bonaire sea-salt
crystals at its shop in The Rochaline and also at Best
Buddies and the airport shop.

SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.

SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-
vices?

SUPERMARKETS
The Island Supplier (TIS)-Enjoy shopping the
"Caribbean Way' fresh, open air feeling with rea-
sonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum se-
lection.

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion and lowest prices on the island.

WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
Bonaire with built-in ramp

WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday
9 am-12 noon.

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Soldachi Tour Walk


Water-filled "dams" dot the countryside, attracting
sea birds and water fowl


O n a recent Saturday a group of about
40 persons, mostly residents and a
few tourists, were given the opportunity to
walk through the countryside near Rincon
with Soldachi Tours' Maria Koeks. Meeting
early at 6 am in the center of Rincon we in-
trepid walkers were driven to the area of
Morotin in the northwest comer of Bonaire
where the new wind turbines are being in-
stalled. It was a perfect day, fresh and cool.
We had a stop at Piedra di Boneiru where
one can be re-born as a true Bonairean by
resting in the rock's "womb." The two agile
girls who climbed up into the womb are Bo-
naireans already, so we can only imagine that
they wanted to really make sure. We passed
kunukus with fields plowed, ready for sow-
ing the sorghum seeds, and "dams," lakes
that are filled by rain and home to water
birds. Meandering through the countryside of
Bonaire is always an exceptional experience,
but at this time of year with everything so
green and lush it was particularly sensuous-
the fragrances, the sounds of nature, the
visuals.
Maria's surprise at the end of the walk was
a visit to the MoTan kunuku of the Dammers
family where we were hosted with coffee,
juice and homemade sorghum pancakes.
MoTan kunuku is an outstanding example of
what a kunuku can be. They have a spacious
covered patio attached to the simple house, a
herd of goats, a filled-to-the-brim "dam," a
windmill generated well for water, a grove of
mahogany trees and a shade house where
they grow their own vegetables.
Soldachi Tours operates on a regular basis,
especially on Saturdays during the Rincon
Marshe (open air market). Their aim is to
share the beauty and history of Rincon and
the surrounding area.. This recent walk was a


Senor and Senora Dammers at their
kunuku, MoTan


special one that Maria offers once in awhile
to those of us living on the island. The Re-
porter will let you know when the next one
will be. In the meantime for more informa-
tion, you may call Maria Koeks at 796-7870.
* L.D.


Dennis Kellner, Where is he now?


Mountain Climber
n November of 2005 Dennis Kellner
reached the top of Mt. Everest, the
highest point on earth, and brought The
Reporter with him for a photo. The picture
was so spectacular that it appeared on the
cover of the Reporter in the July 28, 2006,
issue. At that time Dennis, a semi retired
contractor, had already summited Denali
(aka Mt. McKinley, 20,320 feet) in Alaska,
Aconcagua (22,841 feet) in Argentina and
Mt. Vinson (16,067 feet) in Antarctica.
Interestingly, Mt. Vinson, which was dis-
covered in 1953, has been summited by
fewer people than have been in space.
We caught up with Dennis recently and
asked him what he'd been up to lately.
"Selling my home in the Florida Keys,
moving to Bonaire and building a house,"
he replied. "With what all of that entails
it's been almost as difficult as climbing a
mountain!" But, keeping to his plan to
climb the highest peaks on all seven conti-
nents he's targeting Mt. Elbrus in Russia as
his next attempt. "However," he says,
"because of the political problems between
Russia and Georgia that may not be possi-
ble for awhile. In the meantime there's
Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Kosciuszko in
Australia two of the three 'easy ones!'"
When he completes this task he will be
among the only 168 people in the world
who have climbed and reached the highest
peaks on seven continents.
Why does he climb, we asked. "As a kid
I read in National Geographic magazine
when Americans finally summited Mt.
Everest. That was very exciting. Then as an
adult I attended a five-day climbing school
on Mt. Rainier. That's known for being the
most glaciated." He was hooked. "And one
of the best things about climbing," he ex-
plains, "is getting to all the great places
like Katmandu, Nepal."
Training "Six months before I start
running and jogging and doing some
weight lifting. I get to be the most physi-
cally fit in my whole life. What climbers
have to contend with is the possibility of
altitude sickness," Dennis explains," I've
been lucky so far, but it can hit at any
time."
What's the scariest part? "Coming down!
You're tired; the last trek to the top of Mt.
Everest took me 20 hours of solid climb-
ing. You don't want to make a mistake. It's
pretty terrifying at the top when you realize
you have to come down. It took me two
and a half months to reach the top and one
and a half days to come down."
Her husband can be away for three
months at a time, but his wife Tammy says,


"I'm excited for
him, I do worry,
but I'm suppor-
tive. I do a lot of
research ahead of
time for where
he's going to be."
They check with
the "Ice Fall Doc-
tor" as they must
have information
about how the Dennis unmasked
glaciers are moving. "And every day we
can text message," she says.
But what about Bonaire's "soaring" peak
of Mt. Brandaris? "Well," Dennis replies,
"I've been too busy so far, but it's defi-
nitely on my list." L L.D.


Roosje, a true Bonairean, in the
"womb" ofPiedra Di Boneiru


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Get Ready for the Largest and Closest Full Moon of 2008
Followed by the Largest and Closest Full Moon of 2009


H ave
ever got
something
nifty for you
to end 2008
and begin
2009. Next
week, on Fri-
day, Decem-
ber 12th, we
will see the
largest and
closest full
Moon of the
entire year.
Then on Sat-
urday, Janu-
ary 10th, we'll
have the larg-
est and closest
full Moon for 2009. And believe me these two full Moons will look significantly big-
ger than usual. Let me explain.
On the first day of this week, Monday, December 1st, an hour after sunset if you
faced southwest you would have seen an exquisite trio of the three brightest objects
we can ever see in the night time sky: the brightest object being a super exquisite
crescent Moon and below it the second brightest object, super bright Planet Number
Two, 8,000-mile-wide Venus, and next to it the third brightest object, Planet Number
Five, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. But as you know the Moon moves rapidly across the
sky from night to night and changes its appearance dramatically. On top of which
from December 1st to December 12th Jupiter and Venus are pulling apart from each
other, night after night after night after night. So that by Friday night, December 12th,
they will be 11 1/2 degrees or 23 full Moons apart from each other but still super
bright.
The Moon in the meantime, however, will have grown to an enormous size. So on
Friday, the 12th, if you turn around and look toward the east just after sunset you will
see a super huge full Moon just rising, the largest and closest full Moon of 2008. And
like all full Moons this full Moon has several special names. Its two most popular
names are "The Moon before Yule" because this is the closest full Moon to Christmas
and Christmas is Yule time and even more descriptive, "The Long Night Moon," be-
cause as we all know the Winter Solstice, the first day of winter, which this year is
Sunday, December 21st, is the longest night of the year. And this is the full Moon
closest to the solstice this year. But just how close will this Moon be?
Well the Moon is constantly moving either toward Earth or away from it. And it has
a 31-thousand-mile range between its closest and most distant points. Way back on
May 19th of this year the full Moon was at its farthest for the year, over a quarter
million miles away or to be exact, 252, 472 miles from Earth. But on Friday, the 12th,
it will be will be 30,885 miles closer, only 221, 587 miles away. Wow! And believe
me you'll notice the difference in fact it will look over 12% larger.
Plus it will also be the highest riding full Moon of the year, which means that if you
go outside around midnight it will be close to overhead and act like a gigantic cosmic
floodlight making the landscape absolutely brilliant, especially if there's snow. But if
you miss this closest full Moon of 2008, don't worry. All you have to do is wait until
Saturday, January 10th, for the closest full Moon of 2009. So get out for a large lunar
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For December 2008
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Close deals that have been up in the air and move on to
new ones that appear to be profitable. Changes regarding your image will bring you
greater confidence. Emotional up and downs have caused doubts in your personal life.
Sports, physical fitness programs, exercise in general will make you feel better and
show some pretty quick results. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thurs-
day.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You may want to get involved in financial investments
presented to you. You can expect to experience delays or additional red tape if you deal
with institutions. If you're feeling uncertain, spend some time alone and reevaluate your
motives as well as your needs. You should put in some extra hours developing that crea-
tive idea you have. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Get involved in the activities of children. You can con-
vince anyone of anything. Find ways to make extra cash. Start making things or reusing
rather than buying ready made. You will communicate with ease this month. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Beware of individuals who are not that reliable or well
known to you. Dealing with in-laws or relatives will not be in your best interest. Don't
argue with family. Implement your ideas into your projects at work. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Difficulties will result if you have to deal with controversial
groups this month. Travel will be in your best interest regardless of whether it is busi-
ness or pleasure. You should avoid getting involved in the personal problems of col-
leagues. Things may not be as harmonious as you would like with colleagues or em-
ployers this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Try to make amends by planning a nice dinner for two.
You can easily wrap up overdue personal legal matters that have caused problems for
you. You can make money if you put your mind to it. You must not make unnecessary
changes this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Concentrate on your job. Realize that you don't have to
do everything yourself. They didn't fully under stand what was expected. Spending too
much time talking to friends or relatives could easily turn into a debate that could lead
to estrangement. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Hassles with your boss are sure to erupt if you speak
your mind. You may be able to impart knowledge that's innovative to those searching
for a new angle. Your ability to come up with original ideas will bring recognition from
superiors. Your emotions have been pulled out of shape and you need to do a little
backtracking. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't give out any personal information that you
don't want spread around. Your hard work and dedication will pay off, so stick to your
guns and do your job well. You may get upset with peers or relatives. Unfortunately,
your personal life may suffer from a lack spare time. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You should be doing something special with chil-
dren. You can help them with difficult projects. You can discuss your intentions and
ideas with your colleagues or friends this month. You should spend your day trying to
get things completed at work. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Be sure to take time for old friends or relatives you
don't get to see that often. Your partner may blame you for everything. Opportunities
for new friendships are apparent. Try and avoid getting involved in idle chatter or gos-
sip that might get you in trouble. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Fri-
day.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't be shy to promote your own interests. You need to
concentrate on your business ventures more than on your relationship this month. Don't
get talked into get rich quick schemes. You can make changes to your living quarters,
but not everyone will be pleased with your efforts. Your luckiest events this month will
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