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Charlotte Amalie
Sunday, July 21, 2024

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State of the Territory | Addressing WAPA’s Challenges: Why I Authored Legislation Calling for a Turnaround Company

In her bi-weekly column, “State of the Territory,” former Sen. Janelle K. Sarauw delves deeper into issues of concern for V.I. residents.

Op-Ed: It Won’t Be a Bumper Mango Season, Which Could be a Good Thing

Due to our wet season so far for the past couple of months, we will get mangoes, but not in abundance. It could be a good thing, according to the old people’s saying that mango is one of the fruits when in abundance can spell the approach of hurricanes toward the islands. I hope we didn’t forget the 2017 hurricane season when Irma and Maria hit us head on. That year, as we would say traditionally, “mangoes knocking down dogs,” which means there was a bumper crop.

Op-Ed: The Environmental Conundrum of Electric Vehicles in the USVI

The upcoming 2024 Electric Vehicle Summit, announced by the Virgin Islands Energy Office under the visionary leadership of Director Kyle Fleming, is a landmark event for our territory. However, as we look forward to the benefits of electric vehicles, it is crucial to also address the full lifecycle of these vehicles to ensure a truly sustainable future.

Op-Ed: Make No Mistake, Project 2025 is Coming For Your Rights

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett gave an opening statement Tuesday as the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, which is chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). It concerns "Project 2025," which she argues "plans to upend structures, institutions, and the basic rights that have supposedly been afforded to Americans to make it great. It's a playbook for Donald Trump's second term and a plan for the destruction of America as we know it."

The Lounge | A Column for Men: Apologize & Adjust

In his biweekly column, Langley Shazor speaks to issues important to men within the territory. This week he discusses the true meaning of an apology.

Op-Ed: Rarified Atmosphere

Support the Concert for Cade fundraiser and silent auction at Tillett Garden on Saturday, July 20, starting at 6:30 pm.

Op-Ed: St. Croix Author Sheds New Light on Emancipation in the Danish West Indies

The other day, a good friend of mine called me all excited about her newly published book, titled “A Closer Look.” Within a few hours, Kathleen D. Dowling was at the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus so that I could get a copy of her book. You should have seen her with a big smile on her face, teeth and all, greeting me with a big hug. It is a book that sheds new light on the 1848 emancipation in the Danish West Indies, particularly on the island of St. Croix.

The Lounge | You’re Not Ok, and That’s Ok

In his biweekly column, Langley Shazor speaks to issues important to men within the territory. This week he shares that emotions are valid.

Op-Ed: STOP Disregarding the Youth and Restore the Youth Commission and Youth Council!

I write this Op-Ed not only as a Virgin Islander but as a Voice for my fellow peers in our community. I have the distinct pleasure of serving as Youth Chairperson on the Legislative Youth Advisory Council, however, my members and I have been unable to convene as we are now in the 35th Legislature. I have been in this fight to get the Legislative Youth Advisory Council restored, so the members and I can continue to work on behalf of our peers. To fully understand my level of disappointment and frustration, let's go back to the beginning of this journey.

Op-Ed: The Urgent Need for Transparency in the Use of $138 M in ARP Funds for Education

Genevieve Whitaker says, “The recent Workforce and Development Committee hearing provided a crucial platform to discuss the future of education in the Virgin Islands, yet it is regrettable that key issues were not addressed.”

Op-Ed: Breaking the Silence through Kindness and Connection: Supporting Mental Health in the USVI

Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, influencing how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices from day to day. Good mental health is essential for a fulfilling and balanced life.

The Lounge | A Column for Men: Scorched Earth

In his biweekly column, Langley Shazor speaks to issues important to men within the territory.

State of the Territory | A Salute to the Class of 2024: Heralds of Hope and Resilience

In her bi-weekly column, “State of the Territory,” former Sen. Janelle K. Sarauw delves deeper into issues of concern for V.I. residents. This week she congratulates the graduating classes of 2024.

Op-Ed: Letter to the Governor Bryan Jr.: Energy Crisis

I write this letter with the greatest sense of concern for the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Op-Ed: Whelks are Delicious to Eat, and Important to Protect

Recently, I had an email discussion with a friend about whelks, also called West Indian Topshell or Cittarium pica. During Carnival season on St. Thomas, she said to me that she “looks forward eating whelks.” Whelk is a cultural food item in the Virgin Islands and throughout the Caribbean...

Op-Ed: You Need to Know: Positions for Elections in 2024

As the Virgin Islands of the United States enters the 2024 Election Cycle, one must question if progress has been made and how we will measure it.

Op-Ed: Rebuttal On Blood Shortage in V.I. Hospitals

Former Sen. Janelle K. Sarauw’s recent op-ed paints a misleading and inaccurate picture of a supposed chronic blood shortage in Virgin Islands hospitals, which includes the Schneider Regional Medical Center. Her article, seemingly aimed at garnering attention, irresponsibly undermines the efforts of our hospital and fosters unnecessary mistrust among the public.

State of the Territory | Blood Shortage in Virgin Islands Hospitals: A Critical Challenge Impacting Patient Care

In her bi-weekly column, “State of the Territory,” former Sen. Janelle K. Sarauw delves deeper into issues of concern for V.I. residents, this week discussing the shortage of blood and the challenges it brings to the healthcare system.

Op-Ed:  Ensuring Electoral Integrity: Urgent Reforms Following Judge Robert Molloy’s Ruling

As a former deputy supervisor of elections for St. Croix, former senator, and former standards board member of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission, I have a profound understanding of the critical importance of maintaining the integrity and fairness of our electoral process.

Op-Ed: Plaskett Calls Out ‘Sham’ of a House Subcommittee

Following is the transcript of V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett's opening statement Tuesday at the 10th hearing of the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, of which she is the ranking member. The subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

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