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Charlotte Amalie
Sunday, October 25, 2020

Op-ed

Op-Ed: Corporal Punishment Is Barbaric and Antiquated

Amelia Headley LaMont gives many reasons why corporal punishment in Virgin Islands schools is barbaric. She points out that students with disabilities are twice as likely to be beaten with a wooden paddle at school.

Op-Ed: Who Will Deliver Structural Changes Post-Pandemic?

A timely and comprehensive policy paper produced by the Ramphal Centre has set out the structural changes required to deliver Caribbean post-COVID economic recovery. Welcoming the study, David Jessop, however, questions whether the region still has the unity of purpose to deliver what it recommends.

Op-Ed: Under U.S. Leadership, IDB Develops ‘Americas First’ Strategy

In his first address, IDB’s new president said that his appointment would lead to a stronger commitment from the U.S. to support the region and its institutions. David Jessop believes his remarks indicate that for strategic reasons the U.S. is moving gradually towards an ‘Americas First’ policy.
Lindbergh Bay on St. Thomas, a serene vista, but it's currently closed due to the coronavirus. (Source photo by Nour Z. Suid)

Op-Ed: Can Mineral Extraction Ever Be Environmentally Acceptable?

As gold prices surge, increased attention is being paid to its extraction across the Guiana Shield and in the Dominican Republic. David Jessop asks whether it is possible to reconcile the very different concerns of investors, environmentalists and governments?

Op-Ed: Stop the Virgin Islands Zoning Disaster

Miguel Quiñones wants the Virgin Islands to enforce a comprehensive zoning ordinance that will replace the haphazard way development is being handled now. He says that variances are “issued for requests without much regard for the negative long-term effects.”
Sen. Allison DeGazon introduced the Blue Economy bill. (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Letter to the Editor: Sen. DeGazon Suggests Solution to Salary Increases for Senators

Sen. Allison L. DeGazon clarifies her vote regarding lawmakers’ salaries.
St. Thomas GERS building (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Op-Ed: Urgent Open Letter to USVI Citizens and Retirees on Behalf of GRUFF

Robert D. Gordon is a financial restructuring attorney. He has criticisms of the Governor Bryan’s decision to pay $85 million bond.

Letter to the Editor: Sen. Athneil “Bobby” Thomas Clarifies Removing Bill 33-0198 From Session...

Sen. Athneil “Bobby” Thomas explains that he withdrew his bill from consideration to separate it from amendments. Thomas’s bill is about the illegal importation of snakes; one of the amendments is about the salaries of senators.

Op-Ed: Washington Consolidates Its Position in the Caribbean

Recent statements by the U.S. Secretary of State suggest that Washington is moving to increase its economic dominance in the Caribbean. David Jessop writes that the Caribbean would do well to consider the implications of this new and likely long-lived version of the Monroe doctrine that offers benefit, but at a price.

Letter to the Editor: Uniquely Crucian: Gay, Male and Gray

Rodney W. Santiago Kidd writes about the history and language of LGBTQ people.

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