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Charlotte Amalie
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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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.
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.
Virgin Islands flag with flag of the United States of America

Opinion: Visa Waiver Program Is a Bad Idea for the V.I.

Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett has introduced legislation that would create another Visa Waiver Program – visas would not be required for people from other Caribbean islands wanting to be tourists in the territory. It's not a good idea. The USVI cannot afford what I regard as the inevitable consequences of this bill.
Marijuana leaves (Yahoo photo)

Editorial: Time for Senate to Legalize Locally Produced Recreational Cannabis

The medical marijuana legislation approved Friday by the Legislature is a strong step in the right direction. Now it is long-past time to stop criminalizing and marginalizing V.I. youth and adults for a practice that is demonstrably far less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.

Op-ed: Rethinking the Sale of Government Properties in the U.S.V.I.

Lloyd Gardner gives guidance on how to deal with selling government-owned assets in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is against selling government properties without a careful review of those assets.
Albert Bryan

Editorial: Managing Expectations – What We Expect from the New Governor

We do not demand miracles from the next governor. Governor-elect Albert Bryan (D-VI) did not float down on wings of gossamer, waving a magic...
London's efforts to meet the challenge of climate change are part of the PBS series, 'Sinking Cities.'

Opinion: There’s Something to Say About What the Candidates Say About Climate Change

The challenges and threats posed by climate change are a near certainty. Does the U.S. Virgin Islands have what it takes to deal with the challenge?

Opinion: Is Flash Flooding Triggering Irmaria Flashbacks?

St. Thomas clinical psychologist Nour Suid weighs in on the psychological impact of heavy rains a year after two devastating hurricanes threw Virgin Islanders' lives into chaos.

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