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Charlotte Amalie
Monday, July 4, 2022

Op-ed

Op-Ed: USVI Survived Pandemic by Increasing Airlift; Now It Plans to Regain Cruise Dominance

The pandemic has had a devastating effect on the tourism industry at large and on the cruise business in particular. As a region largely dependent on the cruise business, the Caribbean took an incredible economic hit.

Op-Ed: The Consequences of Edibles on Our Children

Rodney F. Querrard, former police chief/ commissioner of the Virgin Islands Police Department, says that “edibles are an increasing threat, especially to our youth here in the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

Op-Ed: Sharks in the Water: The Need for Improved Geo-Diplomacy and Trade Policy in Caribbean

Congresswoman Plaskett introduced the Caribbean Trade Resolution (H.Res.1047) in the House of Representatives earlier this month. It will, if passed, be an important first step toward prioritizing trade and advancing real economic integration with the Caribbean.

Op-Ed: The Importance of Advocating for the Quality Education of Our Children

Jeanette Smith-Barry writes: “Each of us must examine the role we can play in advocating for improved quality of education.”

Opinion: The Emergent State of Our Territory’s Schools

The 34th Legislature’s Committee on Education and Workforce Development plans to hold an emergency hearing (after Carnival) on May 2 to discuss the infrastructure of our public schools. We should always regard the betterment of our children’s education as an emergency.

Commentary: The GERS Bond Boondoggle

Keeping the Government Employees' Retirement System from imminent bankruptcy was essential. But was the bond boondoggle contrived by the Bryan administration the only way to “Save GERS”? Absolutely not.

Op-Ed: The Power of Assertive Communication

Sandra C. Bradley says there is a power that women possess that is too often overlooked.

Op-Ed: The Virgin Islands Must Plan for the 6th Constitutional Convention

In preparation for a sixth constitutional convention, Verdel L. Petersen’s role is to educate the public on three major topics: constitutional development, political status and self-determination. They are intertwined, but in this letter, she focuses on constitutional development.

Commentary: “Sip and Smoke” Event under Fire on Social Media

Expat Beverly Lockett lit a match on "Virgin Islands Politics (V.I.P.)," a public Facebook group with just over 1.4 thousand members, commenting disbelief that the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism would sponsor a "private business."

Commentary: A Case of Opaque Transparency

The Virgin Islands should be thankful that we have, under the leadership of Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., a government that is committed to transparency as one of its core values. But before too much thanks is given, it might be prudent to see whether the promise of transparency has actually been delivered. As the old proverb says, “Promises are like babies, easy to make, but difficult to deliver.”

Op Ed: HIV, Guns, Breaking Stigmas

If humans still exist 200 years from now and unearth records of our deeds, how proud are we going to be of what we’ve done? I think about that every time I take the trash out, every time I open a plastic water bottle, every time I gas up my car, every time I slather on sunscreen I know is toxic to the coral at the heart of the global food chain.

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Journalism Matters

While reading the Washington Post this week, I noted the use of the word "improbably" preceding a statement about a Russian official claiming the Russians were using blanks in their weapons.

Op-Ed: Public School Education Should Be a Priority!

Mary Moorhead advocates for the importance of all Virgin Islanders to vote and to elect leaders who see the education of children as the way to change the world.

Op-Ed: CDC Highlights Factors That Contribute to Continuing HIV Disparities in the U.S.

Despite overall progress in reducing HIV transmission in the United States, HIV continues to affect some groups more than others due to longstanding and ingrained barriers.

Commentary: The ‘GERS Rescue Plan’ and Credit Where Credit is Due

With the passage of Bill 34-0188 – the “GERS Rescue Plan” – the 34th Legislature can rightfully say they tackled a difficult problem and solved it for the benefit of all government retirees. Once the back-slapping and self-congratulatory speeches die down, we will need to confront the realities of what was passed in this legislation.

Commentary: We All Should Study Black History

The history of Black people didn’t start from the importation of enslaved Africans to the Western Hemisphere. Nor did the history of man start with the cartoon show of Fred Flintstone. Scientists have been telling us for some years now that human life began in Africa. But there are other reasons we all should study Black history.

Op-Ed: Democratic Party Chairman’s Response to The State of the Territory

Cecil R. Benjamin writes that “Bryan and Roach came on board with a promise and commitment to change course, and so they did.”

Commentary: In 2022, Resolve to Walk More for Improved Well-Being

Every year, many of us make resolutions and in a few days, weeks, months, or before the end of the year, we fall short of our goals. Believe me, one of the great benefits to humans is walking. In 2022, walking should be our resolution.

Op-Ed: All of Us Can Use a Healthy Dose of Good Vibrations

Moleto A. Smith Jr. shares the positive principles he tries to live by.

Op-Ed: We the People, January 6th Day of Remembrance and Action – A Day of Healing

Supervisor Caroline F. Fawkes writes that “The promise of democracy is not a partisan issue but a calling that unites us as Americans.”

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