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Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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Op-ed

Commentary: Whatever Happened to the Caribbean Monk Seal, Last Seen in the 1950s?

Do you remember the Caribbean Monk Seal? Do you know what they are, or more accurately, what they were?
Not every abandoned car has been removed from the roads of the U.S. Virgin Islands, as this photo taken Wednesday morning attests. (sap photo)

Op-Ed: At Least One More Abandoned Vehicle Needs Attention

On Tuesday, Government House issued a statement touting the Abandoned Vehicle Task Force’s recent accomplishments in tagging and removing 200 vehicles ditched by their owners in various locations on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. But the job isn't done, yet.

Analysis Part 4: Is it Possible Ridesharing Apps Are Not Viable in the USVI?

This is part four of a series looking into the severe failings of taxi service in the territory; how the wildly out-sized influence of the taxi lobby has brought us here, and what needs to happen.
Taxis line up for business on St. John. (Photo from the V.I. Taxi Association website)

Analysis, Part 3: What About the Poor Taxi Drivers?

This is the third of a series of stories looking into the severe failings of taxi service in the territory; how the wildly out-sized influence of the taxi lobby has brought us here, and what needs to happen.
Nour Suid

Ramadan Memories: A Month to Clean Mind, Body and Heart

The beginning of Ramadan on Sunday, May 5, brings back those memories. Growing up and seeing my family come together for prayers was always a beautiful unity. After a long day of fasting, it's a warm feeling to sit with your family and reflect upon each other’s day.
Taxis line up for business on St. John. (Photo from the V.I. Taxi Association website)

Analysis, Part 2: Taxi Lobby Wields Outsized Influence Over V.I. Government

Ronnie Lockhart of St. Thomas posted a question on Facebook asking who has the most power in the Virgin Islands." The options were: governor; senate president, president of the Taxi Association and the head of the Tourism Department. Five said the governor while 26 picked the Taxi Association.
Holly Binns directs the Pew Charitable Trust’s efforts to protect ocean life in the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Caribbean.

Commentary: Fishery Council OKs Island-Based Management

At its spring meeting, the Caribbean Fishery Management Council, which sets policy for fishing in U.S. Caribbean waters, approved island-based fishery management plans that will guide managers in setting rules for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that are tailored to the biodiversity, culture, and other characteristics of each location.

Op-Ed: The Future As History, Part Two – Dystopia

What follows is neither prophesy nor prediction, but a possible path to an uncertain future for the territory. In looking back, what happened often seems inevitable. It wasn't. Choices were made, or, just as often, not made.
Dina Simon

Op-Ed: Prison Reform in the USVI, Part II – Change the Approach and Change...

One of the highlights of my career, albeit one of the most challenging, has been the work to reform New York City’s Department of Correction that I led while serving as deputy commissioner of Human Resources and first deputy commissioner.
Frank Schneiger

Op-Ed: 2050, The Future As History, Part One: ‘We Did It’

Dateline: April 5, 2050, The United Nations, New York In an elaborate ceremony at UN headquarters in New York, the U.S. Virgin Islands was cited as the world's greatest success story in achieving economic, social and environmental excellence over the past three decades.

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