Category Archives: Editorial

New Costa Rican father makes a plea for road safety and enforcement

Dear President Luis Guillermo Solís, I’m a Costa Rican, but I spent most of my teenage and early adult years living in Canada. I returned a few years ago because I missed my home country and family. Now, I’m a … Continue reading

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Costa Rica’s most dangerous disease: The act of not voting

There is a serious infirmity in Costa Rica that has already affected over 30 percent of the population and threatens to alter our lives to the very core.  It is an insidious problem that grows each year affecting more and … Continue reading

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World Court decision simply is not something to cheer about

The country’s officials have expressed their happiness with a decision Friday by the International Court of Justice. The court said that Nicaragua did not have much of a case to condemn Costa Rica for environmental damage along the south bank of the … Continue reading

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Expats can lobby candidates for important changes

The election campaigns for president and legislative deputies are in full swing. Generally expats are not supposed to involve themselves in the campaigns or donate money to favored candidates. But there is no rule preventing expats from speaking out on … Continue reading

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How could officials be caught flat-footed again?

A big question that has not been answered fully is how could Nicaraguan workers dig and dredge two canals from the Río San Juan to the Caribbean without Costa Rican officials knowing about the activity. A quick answer is that … Continue reading

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Expats and medical tourists should do their homework first

Never does the phrase “you get what you pay for” apply more strongly than in seeking medical care in Costa Rica. A medical tourist who looks only to price, is bound to have troubles. Some of them can be very … Continue reading

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Judiciary acts to protect crooks and other bad guys

The basic rule of democracy is what is called heretransparency. The public has to know what is going on. The Laura Chinchilla administration has been big on public relations in an effort to obscure the facts from the public. But that … Continue reading

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Crimes are not reported because investigators are ineffective

Is it any wonder theft goes under reported in Costa Rica? Last year, people we know who own and operate a small hotel in Cahuita on the Caribbean coast were physically attacked in their beds by thieves who broke into their house … Continue reading

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The Costa Rican supreme court needs new blood

This newspaper does not share the deep concern shown by others because the legislature tried to sack a sitting magistrate. Politics aside, the Corte Suprema de Justicia is the top judicial agency. The magistrates are responsible for the conduct of … Continue reading

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Shaky valuation method to cost expats more on taxes

The unusual way that Costa Ricans appraise property is coming to haunt expats who own dwellings here. At a time when some properties are selling at give-away prices, the finance ministry has set new assessment values based on the rising … Continue reading

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First World expats do not seem to be able to get a break

Pardon us if we feel that the Costa Rican government is leaning on the expats here. First there was the immigration law, new in 2010. Lawmakers said that those on tourist visas could renew them by just paying $100. That … Continue reading

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We mourn the end of an era for Costa Rican journalism

We take no joy in reporting the demise of The Tico Times print edition. Print is great, but to create a print product is expensive these days. We also liked hot metal and flipping nickels with the large backshop crew … Continue reading

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Photocopying copyrighted material is just plain stealing

President Laura Chinchilla has before her a bill that would authorize theft. She may sign it. This is the exemption from an earlier law that protected the rights of authors and publishers. Before her is  N° 17342 that was passed … Continue reading

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Jailed lawyer says he seeks action to end human rights abuses

People who are given preventive detention in Costa Rica enter into a sort of “twilight zone” where they are set apart from society in more ways than one. The penitentiary system is working outside the law, severe human rights violations … Continue reading

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Readers invited to express their political views

This is another presidential election year in the United States, and plenty of expats here have opinions on who should win. The choice is between the incumbent, Barack Obama, and the Republican hopeful Mitt Romney, although a reader wrote Wednesday … Continue reading

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Paul Watson cannot rely on promises by the executive branch

Paul Watson, the aggressive conservationist, is being asked to accept Costa Rica justice and return here to face allegations that he attempted to sink a Costa Rican fishing boat in Guatemalan waters. Watson is being assured by high government officials … Continue reading

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Officials need to take action to prevent cases of squatter fraud

Regarding the Hazeltine criminal libel case. I have followed this case for quite sometime and I think there is some fundamental issues that really need to be addressed here other than the fact that the events read more like a Laurel and … Continue reading

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Wrong-headed approach to sex trade obscures the real problems

The collaboration between Costa Rica’s immigration police and the non-profit organization Fundación Rehab in recent raids of San Jose nightclubs with reputations for prostitution, chiefly Hotel Del Rey and Key Largo, was a misguided response to a serious problem. No, … Continue reading

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