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Legislature Corner: Plaskett Expresses Condolences on Death of VIHA Director Robert Graham

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett writes, “He has left a roadmap for those in his agency and elsewhere on how to utilize setbacks as set-ups for great things!”

Op-Ed: The Time to Preserve Ham’s Bluff Lighthouse is Now

The other day, I got a text from a hiker friend of mine asking if I saw the picture of the lighthouse on the front page of a local newspaper. I did. I have written several articles over the years about preserving the historic lighthouse on Ham’s Bluff in the northwest corner of St. Croix, which is part of Maroon Country’s steep cliff wilderness area. In the 1990s, I took thousands of schoolchildren, and beyond that over the years, to this historic and sacred landscape of St. Croix.

Open Forum: Humane Society Board Addresses ‘Challenging Times’

These are indeed challenging times for the Humane Society of St. Thomas as an organization, and the HSSTT Board of Directors as a governing body. Although we are in a Code Red position now, our immediate goal is to become financially strong enough through donations and fundraising events to expeditiously bring back our laid-off team members and provide all the animal welfare services that our community so desperately needs. Unfortunately, there have been numerous malicious, inaccurate, untruthful, and defamatory social media posts, and I would like to take this opportunity to provide the facts for those who have been misinformed.

Op-Ed: Remembering Ambassador Terence A. Todman, a Brilliant Virgin Islander

For this Black History Month, I will mention a Virgin Islander who served as a great diplomat and became an extraordinary ambassador for the United States government. His name is Terence A. Todman, the son of Racheal Callwood and Alphonso Todman, who was born on St. Thomas on March 13, 1926. He grew up during the U.S. Navy rule of these islands and the first appointed civilian governor of the Virgin Islands, Dr. Paul Martin Pearson.

Tri-Island Health Fair Set for Feb. 29, Fonseca Announces

The Senate Committee on Health, Hospitals, and Human Services will hold a tri-island Community Health Fair on Feb. 29, committee chairman Sen. Ray Fonseca announced Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Coffee’s Long History in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Coffee originated from Africa. Its spread to the rest of the world can’t be contained in a book on how this plant influenced cultures globally. Today, the world cannot do without drinking coffee, which made its way to the Caribbean islands through colonization, trade, and cultivation.

Legislature Corner: Senator Urgently Calls for Hearing on Federal Approval of Cost Share

The hearing's focus must be on outlining a clear and actionable plan to effectively utilize the increased federal cost share. The purpose of this hearing will be multifold.

Open Forum: It’s Time for the BMV to Stop Inspecting Vehicles

I don’t know of any states that do not use certified private mechanics to conduct vehicle inspections, either annually or every other year. Here in the Virgin Islands, the government tries to do it all — handle both registration and inspection.

Legislature Corner: Federal Government Increases Assistance for Hurricane Recovery

This increase in federal funds will allow the Virgin Islands more financial assistance to get the most critical hurricane projects done so they can be completed in a timely fashion.

Op-Ed: Confronting Colonialism Together, Virgin Islanders Attended Right to Democracy Summit in NY

Drs. Jessica Samuel and Hadiya Sewer share more about their experience at the Right to Democracy (RtD) Summit on U.S. Colonialism, which focused on coalition building, media literacy, decolonial advocacy, and philanthropy.

Open Forum: Vialet: Republicans Offer V.I. the Change it Needs

One party rule has failed the Virgin Islands. Our islands deserve better than the failed ideas and programs that the ruling party recycles year after year. It’s time to say enough is enough.

Open Forum: GOP National Committeewoman Sets the Record Straight

I am compelled to address an article in the V.I. Source on January 18th, 2024. And an article in the Daily News on January 25th, that deliberately identified me as the former National Committeewoman of the U.S. Virgin Islands Republican Party. The piece, authored by Gordon Ackley, chairman of the Republican Party of the Virgin Islands, erroneously referred to me as the former National Committeewoman, when in fact, he knows I currently hold this esteemed position.

Legislature Corner: Governor Nominations and Two Bills Approved by Rules Committee

Members of the Committee on Rules and Judiciary, chaired by Sen. Diane T. Capehart, convened in a meeting at the Frits E. Lawaetz Conference Room Thursday, where they voted and approved the governor’s nominations and two bills, the V.I. Legislature reported. 

Open forum: Republican Response to Bryan’s State of the Territory

Chairman Gordon Ackley of the Republican Party in the Virgin Islands reacts to the Governor Bryan’s State of the Territory Address.

Legislature Corner: Senator Gittens Expresses Concern Over Loss of WAPA Bond Ratings

Inspector General is proceeding with mandated WAPA audit. Senator Kenneth Gittens has concerns about the loss of WAPA bond ratings." These matters were never fully resolved by WAPA, and the Legislature determined that much more information was required in these areas,” according to Gittens.

Op-Ed: An Ode to the St. Croix Avis

It was with a heavy heart to hear the news that the St. Croix Avis newspaper will cease publication in 2024 after 180 years serving the people of the Danish West Indies, now the United States Virgin Islands.

Open Forum: Congress Must Fund Affordable Connectivity Program

We humbly submit the argument that the continued provision of affordable access to the internet is of critical importance to the ongoing project that we call American Democracy. Of no less importance to this project is Congress’ ability to demonstrate that it has the political will to take the actions necessary to provide for and protect the American people.

Legislature Corner: KIDS COUNT USVI Reports on Child Poverty and Educational Challenges

Senator-at-Large Angel Bolques Jr. addresses key findings in recent KIDS COUNT USVI reports and calls for collaborative action.

Legislature Corner: Bryan and Plaskett Mourn Passing of Former BVI Minister Carvin Malone

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett and Gov. Albert Bryan express condolences on the death of British Virgin Islands former Health and Social Development Minister Carvin Malone.

Opinion: Towards Successful Family Business Transitions

Over the recent holidays, I heard a prominent Virgin Islander lamenting about the gentrification of our historic towns. This phenomenon is steadily happening in our towns and it’s darn admirable what some people are doing. Overall, it’s good. But it’s not us. We are merely bystanders.

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