June 26, 2017 9:56 pm Last modified: 12:09 pm

Open forum

Reader Asks Elected Officials to Consider Colonial Aspects of Transfer

Tarik McMillan asks the delegate to Congress, governor, lieutenant governor and senators to rethink the commemoration of Transfer Day which she calls “an event so closely tied to colonialism.”
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Conversations Are Needed to Reform Education

Mary Moorhead congratulates the new V.I. Board of Education and hopes it will lead future discussions about much needed education reform.
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Demonstration Planned at the Governor’s ‘State of the Territory’

Jason Budsan asks Virgin Islanders to join him across from the 32nd Legislature when the governor gives his State of the Territory Address. Give voice to concerns and issues.
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V.I. Needs to Stop Accepting Mediocrity in Education (Part II)

Mary L. Moorhead, St. Croix District member of the V.I. Board of Education, continues her critique of the board with recommendations to solve the problems that block progress.
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My First Term on the Board of Education (Part I)

Mary L. Moorhead gives a summary and critique of her first term as a member and briefly the chairman of the St. Croix District Board of Education. It has been a time of accomplishment and a time of conflict.(Part I)
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Free Trade in the Caribbean Is an Important Goal

Ivan Butcher II writes about Commemorating Transfer Day 2017 in a different way.
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The JFL Emergency Room Is an Abysmal Situation

Sue Hastings, an author from Corpus Christi Texas, and her husband recently had need to use the ER at Juan F. Luis Medical Center while visiting St. Croix. They did not expect to see or experience so much “misery.”
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V.I. Businesses Cannot Afford Higher VIESA Rates

The Board of Directors of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce says that businesses in the Virgin Islands cannot afford higher V.I. Employment Security Agency (VIESA) taxes that cover unemployment insurance.
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The Future of Horse Racing Hangs in the Balance

Luis Donastorg, a horse owner and member of the St. Thomas-St. John Horsemen Association, believes that the passage of legislation proposed by the governor to have the Virgin Islands invest $30,000,000 in the sport of horse racing will bring great benefit to the territory.
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There Are Benefits to Becoming an Independent Contractor

Ivan Butcher II believes that independent contracting would solve some of the Virgin Islands’ employment problems if the Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS) would cover those contractors.
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