Senators to Host Lighting of Legislature’s Christmas Tree

Senate President Neville James and the members of the 31st Legislature of the Virgin Islands invite the public to the…

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Boschulte 6th Graders Donate Over 1,100 Cans of Food to Homeless Shelter

In the spirit of the season, sixth grade students at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School recently donated more than 1,100 cans of food and non-perishable items to Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands’ Bethlehem House Shelter for the Homeless on St. Thomas.

2015-12-01 15:52:19
Dollar fo' Dollar Seeks Oral Histories from Ancestors of 1892 Coal Workers

Share the story of an ancestor who used to work in the coaling industry. The organizers of the “Dollar fo' Dollar Culture & History Tour: A Remembrance of the 1892 Coal Workers Strike on St. Thomas” is seeking persons with relatives who were coal carriers to share stories and memories passed on to them for an oral history project.

2015-12-01 15:43:43
Feds File Suit Against V.I. Government Over VIWMA

The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against the V.I. government for its failure to live up to the terms of consent decrees between the VIWMA, the V.I. government and the federal EPA.

2015-11-30 22:20:50
Editorial — St. Thomas

After Wednesday's Senate session, it appears that most senators finally understand what was obvious in public hearings held on all three islands on the Senate reduction bill: that substantive changes must be made in the way senators are elected and conduct public business.
Sen. Lorraine L. Berry says she is working on subdistricting legislation. Sen. Donald "Ducks" Cole says he would support numbered seats. Even Sen. Adelbert M. Bryan acknowledged that the voters "have lost confidence in us."
With few exceptions — one being Sen. Celestino A. White, who said he would not support subdistricting or numbered seats — senators agreed with Senate President Almando "Rocky" Liburd who said "the public has sent a message there is something wrong with the way we conduct business."
Election reform is high on the priority list for most residents. An overwhelming 64 percent of respondents in a Source poll in June said they wanted either subdistricting or numbered seats. Thirty-eight percent voted to reduce the number of senators from 15 to nine. Only 2 percent said they were happy with the status quo.
If Wednesday’s legislative debate is any indication, senators may have gotten the message. Though they resoundingly defeated the bill to reduce the size of the Legislature — despite an endorsement of that course by a majority of voters in a non-binding referendum in November 2000 — many seem to be acknowledging that the voters want meaningful electoral reform.

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Now comes the hard part: action.
As we have said previously, we favor numbered seats as a relatively simple and straightforward way to eliminate many of the problems inherent in the way we now elect senators. However, we would also welcome a viable, politically palatable subdistricting plan — but only if it is not a smokescreen to delay the issue and ensure the status quo.
If numbered seats or subdistricts are high on your agenda, you must let your senators know this. Call their offices. Write to them. Encourage your friends — through calls, petitions and e-mails — to make their sentiments known too.
We have seen what an aroused electorate can accomplish. Now is the time for a serious, targeted lobbying campaign to transform the loss on Senate reduction to a victory on more meaningful electoral reform.

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