[OP-ED] The Absurdity of Tourism + Residency Tico Style

It seems like every time there is some sort of news regarding tourism there are two or three...

[OP-ED] Why Always The Poor?

Early in the morning, around 5:00AM, I am in the office to read hundreds of news articles. Some...

[OP-ED] Tourism & Transparency

Tourism is supposedly 5% of the national GDP. But who really knows? The numbers are so skewed and...

[OP-ED] Costa Rica Pura Vida Seduction!

Openly, I have no evidence except “intuition” to justify my position. However, I believe that most American and...

[OP-ED] Let’s Gamble, Okay?

The Central Bank (BCCR) took steps Wednesday night to devalue the U.S. dollar. And, it worked. “Yes,” the...

[OP-ED] AND NOW WHAT?

More recently I have been following the case of a young lady, a student from the U of...

[OP-ED] Have You Ever Heard of Fundacion de Salud Sin Fronteras?

The public health system in Costa Rica, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), has a very important...

[OP-ED] And Let The Rumors Go Forth!

Searching for witches in the dark, provocateurs of evil, and indeed publishing innuendos absent of fact and names...

[OP-ED] The Johnny Araya That I Know

As is often the case in Costa Rica nothing is simple nor is it totally comprehensible. Presidential candidate, Johnny...

[OP-ED] And the Beat Goes On

Heavily reported in the Spanish language press, only mentioned in the English speaking news outlets, and yet still...

[OP-ED] The Dollar Has Certainly Appreciated – But So Has The Cost of Living!

Many of those who live and earn in dollars are finally realizing a well deserved increase in that...

OP-ED: Not A Blog, An Opinion

Expats do not seem to much care, few have any idea who are the candidates, their political positions...

[BLOG] The Out-of Country Ticos Did Not Vote – Hell No!

Why the out-of-country Tico did not vote, according to the TSE, is because of the Super Bowl. What...

Three More Months to Go!

Lady Laura will be here to vote on Sunday, February 2, 2014 and just having her in the...

[BLOG] Some Ideas to Effect Change

Many, perhaps most, expats and locals agree that Costa Rica must effect change in direction in order to...

OP-ED: Who Are These Guys Anyway?

According to the political pundits, most Costa Ricans will vote along party lines since loyalty to one’s party...

[BLOG] Foreigner – Be Aware!

This is the time of year that it is cold, I mean really cold north of the equator....

OP-ED: What or Who Should You Believe?

When it comes to politics, our true national sport, it comes down to a liars club or to...

OP-ED: Can There be Anything More……

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