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Commentary

The Reasons St. Maarten Does So Much Better

Filippo Cassinelli points out that St. Maarten is beating St. Thomas in every way when it comes to expenditures by cruise ship passengers. He enumerates ways that will ensure St. Thomas’s future success and prosperity.
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Cruise Ships Are Finding Other Destinations

Filippo Cassinelli explains the history of trying to build a new cruise pier on St. Thomas. The pier ended up in the BVI. The Virgin Islands is losing more cruise ship visits every year, and millions of dollars are going elsewhere.
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Source Manager’s Journal: Still Think Infrastructure is Boring?

Politicians have a congenital defect. They like shiny new things that they can take credit for lots more than maintaining the things that we already have.
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Virtue of the Week: Tact

Tact is telling the truth kindly, considerate of how your words affect others' feelings. Think before you speak, knowing what is better left unsaid.
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We Need to Change If We Are to Survive

B. Greg Miller believes that if leaders represent the people, the Virgin Islands will be able to change for the better.
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Virtue of the Week: Consideration

Consideration is being thoughtful of other people and their feelings. You consider how your actions affect them. You pay careful attention to what others like and don't like, and do things that give them happiness.
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Illegality of Marijuana Causes Weighty Problems

Ivan Butcher II lays out three major reasons he supports the legalization of marijuana in the Virgin Islands.
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Virtue of the Week: Friendliness

Friendliness is being a friend, through good times and bad. You take an interest in other people and make them feel welcome. You share your belongings, your time, and yourself.
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Commissioner Collens Clarifies a Financial Statement

Valdamier O. Collens takes issue with an editorial by former Gov. John P. de Jongh Jr. concerning $800 million in the Virgin Islands budget between Fiscal Years 2009 and 2014.
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Follow the Money; Where Is the Money?

Jason Budsan, after attending a meeting hosted by Delegate to Congress Plaskett, is aware that the U.S. Government might owe the V.I. about $100 million in “rum cover over money.” He asks whether the V. I. Government is keeping tabs on and is collecting these monies.
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