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Princess Cruise ship in Crown Bay (Photo by Semele A.C. George)

Opinion: Dissolve WICO and Merge It into Port Authority

The Legislature should dissolve the West Indian Company and merge it into the V.I. Port Authority, because it makes no sense for a tiny territory with the population of Peoria, Illinois, to have two distinct local government bodies overseeing different ports and cruise ship piers.

Open forum: All of Us Must Rally Together

D. Orlando Smith OBE, the premier of the British Virgin Islands, gives his final address to his fellow citizens.
Concept drawing of proposed hotel at Yacht Haven Grande presented to the V.I. Legislature in 2018. (V.I. Legislature image)

Analysis: Another Way to Finance Yacht Haven Hotel?

There is reason to think a hotel would be good for the Yacht Haven Grande area. And if it really is a viable project, lenders should be up for lending $10 million secured by the hotel's future tax revenues. Plus, changes made to the Tax Increment Financing law last year make it easier for a developer to use the program.

Op-Ed: It’s Time to Protect V.I. Teenage Boys from Sexual Assault

In September, the nation was rocked with allegations that Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee at the time, had sexually assaulted a high school classmate at a house party in 1982. Following the hundreds of video snippets, articles and commentary, I was triggered in an unimaginable way by Dr. Ford's testimony and even cried watching at home.
Sen. Novelle Francis (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Opinion – A Call to Park, Walk and Talk

This week, the Virgin Islands Police Department will graduate 20 recruits, 18 of whom will join the VIPD as its newest officers. ... I implore acting Commissioner Jason Marsh and the leadership of the VIPD to require these new officers to spend time walking our streets – to park, walk and talk.

Valentine’s Day Is National Donor Day

Ronald Moss of the Health Resources and Services Administration asks people to consider organ donation.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.

Op-Ed: Racism Is Out There, and It Hurts Us All

Racism may be 'just a word,' but failing to understand the complexity of the term, the true meaning of the term, is visibly obvious and ignored at the same time. And yet it cannot be defined by just one meaning, as it can be seen as having several sub-definitions.

Editorial: A Compelling Case for Free Tuition

Dr. David Hall writes about the value and importance of having the new free tuition policy at the University of the Virgin Islands.

Open forum: The Voices of the People Were Heard; Action Was Taken

Ruby Simmonds Esannason thanks members of the 32nd Legislature, especially Sen. Dwayne M. DeGraff, and the former governor for passing a bill that includes a protocol for medical patients and others who need to be evacuated off-island.
Alexander Hamilton portrait by John Trumbull 1806. (Public domain)

Editorial: As ‘Hamilton’ Plays in Puerto Rico, St. Croix Should Seize the Publicity Opportunity

Before Alexander Hamilton was “young, scrappy and hungry” in New York, he was fending for himself on a small island in the Danish West Indies. That island – St. Croix – had a profound impact on Hamilton, setting him apart from the other U.S. founding fathers. And that history should be more celebrated.

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