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Open Forum: Estate Annaly Must be Included in Maroon Territorial Park

I would say this to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and the public at large — you won’t understand my plea to protect the northwest until you visit the slave gravesite at Estate Annaly and touch George Washington’s gravestone. I guarantee you; you can’t help but feel the emotional pain and become enraged for all that George Washington and others like him had to suffer and endure under the system of slavery in the Danish West Indies.

Open forum: USVI Should Alternate the Head of the GERS Between Districts

Ronald Russell, a member of the GERS Board of Trustees, asks for support for his concept of alternating the chairmanship of the GERS system between St. Thomas/St. John District and St. Croix District to promote fairness, representative leadership and the status in the territory.

Virtue of the Week – Reverence

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

Open forum: Constitutionalism in the Virgin Islands

Winston Nugent writes: “We are at a critical stage… when the Virgin Islands should have control over its social, political and economic destiny.”

Virtue of the Week – Responsibility

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

Open Forum: Something Must Be Done to Ease Haiti’s Healthcare Crisis

For the past 15 months the Haiti Health Network has been sounding the alarm for healthcare in Haiti and asking for some form of humanitarian relief so healthcare delivery can safely and effectively continue for the people of Haiti. Things continue to deteriorate with no end in sight. Something has to be done. We’re asking for your input, your ideas, and to reach out to your networks to scream awareness of what’s really happening in Haiti.

Legislature Corner: The 35th Senate Will Continue to Pass Meaningful Legislation

Senate President Donna Frett-Gregory thanks the people of the Virgin Islands for reelecting her to continue her work in the 35th USVI Legislature.

Open forum: ‘Legacy Is the Responsibility of the Living’

Moleto A. Smith Jr. remembers and praises former Governor Roy Lester Schneider, MD.

Virtue of the Week – Respect

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

Open Forum: St. Croix’s Maroon Country Deserves National Heritage Area Status

I would like to thank our beloved Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett publicly for putting the bill through Congress and making St. Croix a National Heritage Area. It is for this reason that Maroon Country is a shining example of a National Heritage Area.

Open Forum: Securing the V.I. Vote

It has become alarming in recent years to see how the integrity of the vote in our nation has been called into question. Loss of faith in the integrity of the vote and the electoral process can undermine the life of a republic, where the people are the ultimate authority and elect representatives to make laws. As such we have a duty to ensure the integrity of the voting process and a secure vote. 

Op Ed: New Year’s Intentions (Not Resolutions)

It happens every year and I still don’t understand it. One minute I’m shouting Happy New Year and then next minute it’s February. This is why I don’t do traditional New Year’s resolutions. I set intentions.

Virtue of the Week – Resilience

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

Open Forum: Dead Sea Turtle Signals a Need For Change on St. John

The bays of the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John are over-crowded with people, especially Maho Bay with its pleasure boats. While I was there, the beaches within the park, particularly Hawksnest, Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, and Maho Bay were packed with vehicles and people. I saw marine resources beginning to decline not so much by a natural phenomenon of nature, but because of humans who indulge in recreation activities. 

Virtue of the Week — Sacrifice

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

Congresswoman Plaskett Recounts Journey to Monumental Medicaid Win for USVI

Congresswoman Plaskett, a member of the House Ways and Means, Agriculture and Budget Committees released the following statement on the final passage of the permanent increase in Medicaid funding for the Virgin Islands.

Op-ed: Is a Constitution Really Necessary for the USVI?

Jelani Ritter comments on the Supreme Court’s refusal to review a petition concerning the right to vote for citizens of the USVI and the other American territories. He wonders if the Revised Organic Act will eventually lead to a constitution.

Plaskett Announces Inclusion of National Heritage Area, Ram Head Plaque in Major Legislation

“It is important for economic development, tourism and indeed cultural identification and validation to have federal government support historic markers and designation throughout the country."

Virtue of the Week – Reliability

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

Legislature Corner: Plaskett Lauds House Passage of Legislation to Install Plaque on Ram Head Trail

“I am pleased by House passage of my bill, H.R. 7496, to install a plaque at the Peak of Ram Head on St. John to commemorate the slave rebellion that began in 1733 on St. John.”
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