August 17, 2017 8:57 pm Last modified: 8:46 pm

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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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Senators, When Will Quality Education Be Your Priority?

Mary L. Moorhead points out to the Virgin Islands’ senators that the progress of technology in public schools is quite different when St. Croix is compared to St. Thomas.
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Lessons Are Learned at the Caribbean Urban/Community Forestry Conference

Ivan Butcher II attended the 15th Caribbean Urban and Community Forestry Conference and shares what he learned there.
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Help our Children and Create Citizen Representation

B. Greg Miller thinks Virgin Islanders can begin to fix many problems by creating more micro-management by the government and fostering more government responsibility, which could begin with sub-district representation.
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The V.I. Can Use Paper and Cardboard to Improve Things

Ivan Butcher II tells why he is in favor of building a paper recycling plant and a publishing house in the territory.
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Homeschoolers Want Legislative Remedy

The U.S. Virgin Islands Homeschoolers (USVIH) are asking the public to help them by contacting the V.I. Legislature and telling senators to vote for a bill that would transfer oversight of home schooling from the V.I. Board of Education to the Senate.
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