Category Archives: Editorial

Government praised for taking action in Puerto Viejo, Cahuita

Costa Rica’s Environmental Laws have teeth! I retired from a career in environmental protection in Florida to move here to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica where the environment is a source of pleasure and appreciation for me and many … Continue reading

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Wacky tax assessment system needs to be improved

The tax scandals of the last two weeks have shown major flaws in the Costa Rican legal framework. The former finance minister got in trouble for not updating the value of some real estate holdings. Elsewhere in the country many … Continue reading

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The proposed 14 percent value-added tax is simply confiscatory

When President Laura Chinchilla says her fiscal plan will tax those who have for the benefit of those who do not, she appears to be a bit disingenuous. The president’s tax plan takes from the rich for the same reason … Continue reading

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Frequent visitor writes of the warmth and compassion of Ticos

I feel compelled to write to you about the time my family and I spent recently in Costa Rica. This past Christmas and New Year’s my husband and I and our three children (ages 13-20) lived two weeks of joy, … Continue reading

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U.S. Embassy staff seems to be unaccustomed to oversight

Most workers at the U.S. Embassy in Pavas don’t like to be questioned about their actions. They have made some blunders, but unlike most U.S. government employees, they do not have to account to anyone outside the closed embassy world. … Continue reading

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The nanny state and citizens face the painful economic realities

As the economic realities sink in to the central government and lawmakers wrestle with revisions to a proposed value-added tax plan, the nation faces the possibility of unrest that has not been seen since the consideration of the free trade … Continue reading

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Urgent changes can help protect expats and their properties

A news story Friday shined the spotlight again on the complexities of property ownership here. The uncertainties of keeping a property represent a drag on the expat real estate market. An investment in Costa Rica can lead to years of … Continue reading

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The U.S. always has been able to come back from disaster

Today is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Most who heard the startling news in the United States that Sunday afternoon are dead. Some died as a direct result of the sneak attack by the forces of … Continue reading

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Maybe now the poor magistrates will have to hike to work?

The discussion and final vote over next year’s national budget was very revealing. Among the items cut was one for 356 million colons, about $712,000. The money was supposed to purchase new cars for magistrates in the Corte Suprema de … Continue reading

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If Crucitas allegation is true, prosecution is the only course

his newspaper has supported consistently the Las Crucitas mine. We did that not because we love open pit gold mines, but because Industrias Infinito S.A. already had a permit when this newspaper arrived on the scene. Costa Rica has to … Continue reading

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How about some belt-tightening before demanding new taxes?

The Laura Chinchilla Miranda administration has done little to stop the increase in the national deficit and the country’s budget. The Ministerio de Hacienda defends the lack of action by saying that the national budget is rigid. The administration has … Continue reading

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Getting soft on drug possession is a serious error by Chavarría

The fiscal general has made public what has been practiced for nearly a year by the nation’s prosecutors. Possession of small amounts of drugs will not result in criminal prosecution. The fiscal general, Jorge Chavarría, said this was a financial … Continue reading

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Tax-loving president and lawmakers off on the wrong track

President Laura Chinchilla’s push for more taxes stems from her belief that government has to be the nanny. In her independence day speech she said that Costa Rica’s level of taxes is below its level of development. The idea that … Continue reading

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Costa Rica is not an innocent when it comes to drug trafficking

President Laura Chinchilla sees Costa Rica as an innocent party between South American drug producers and the United States, which she characterizes as the major consumer. This was a diplomatic way to tell the U.N. General Assembly “It’s not our … Continue reading

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How about just making public records available to the public?

There was a crowd at the Registro Nacional in Zapote Monday. Documents that are supposed to be available online are not because the Registro shut down its system. The Registro did so because the Sala IV constitutional court forbade it … Continue reading

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President Chinchilla delivers a troubling speech in Nicoya

President Laura Chinchilla really led with her chin Monday when she told an audience in Nicoya that if they wanted something done they should talk to legislators. Ms. Chinchilla’s point was that opposition party members control the Asamblea Legislativa and … Continue reading

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Property transfer scam needs a little presidential attention

President Laura Chinchilla told Guanacaste residents Monday to take their demands to legislators because opposition lawmakers now control the Asamblea Legislativa. The president showed some frustration during her speech at the annual Anexión del Partido de Nicoya celebration, in part … Continue reading

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Preventative detention misused badly and inconsistently

For a country that prides itself on respect for human rights, the concept of innocent until proven guilty is frequently overlooked. Depending on the crime, a suspect may be tossed into the general prison population for months, even years, without … Continue reading

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