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Charlotte Amalie
Monday, October 18, 2021

Op-ed

Commentary: Legislators, Be an Example and Protect St. Croix’s Prime Farmland

I was informed that there are discussions among some legislators who are thinking about exchanging prime government agricultural farmlands with other lands to allow a development to move forward. Act 6836 forbids the use of prime government agricultural lands for non-agricultural uses.

Op-Ed: Today Is a Special Holiday

Gwen-Marie Moolenaar of the League of Women Voters VI argues that voting is necessary if you truly want change.

Commentary: We Must Follow Laurance S. Rockefeller’s Wishes for Caneel Bay

We should and must honor the wishes of Rockefeller, who wanted Caneel Bay properties to come under the control of the Secretary of the Interior and managed by the National Park Service, “for the use and enjoyment by visitors to the park of the outstanding scenic and other features of national significance located both within the premises and in other areas of the park."

Op Ed: What’s the Value of a Child’s Smile?

Dr. Sonia Taylor Griffith DDS informs the public about the importance of and the ramifications of good oral health.

Public Policy and Waste Management in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Lloyd Gardner says the main challenge in the development of the energy sector in the USVI is how to deal with the absence of comprehensive public policy and a sector development strategy.

Op-Ed: Veterans, We Are Here for You

Carlos Escobar, head of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System, addresses veterans, their families and caregivers on the Afghan crisis and how it affects them emotionally.

Op-Ed: GRUFF to Government Retirees: Say No to Pension Cuts

Government Retirees United for Fairness Inc. (GRUFF) presents a position paper on the Virgin Islands Government’s handling of the possiblity that problems with GERS solvency will effect the government retirees pension funds.

Op-Ed: Personal Disaster Resilience: The First ‘72’

The following is an informational piece on dealing with natural disasters that was produced by the University of the Virgin Islands Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Plan team.

Op Ed: The Coral Bay “Building for Nothing”

Well we now have a "Building for Nothing" in Coral Bay, St John. Shortly after Hurricane Irma devastated Coral Bay with almost total destruction of the historic Guy Benjamin School, construction began on a modular "Sprung Structure" on the grounds of the Coral Bay school.

Commentary: USVI Needs Leadership to Preserve Our Natural Places  

This article is as relevant today as when I wrote it a few years ago, stressing how important it is to establish open green spaces in the Virgin Islands if we want to grow a healthy economy.

Op-ed: Everyone Is Entitled to Their Own Opinion…

Joseph DeJames MD advocates for the necessity of getting the COVID-19 vaccine and bases his “opinion” upon fact after fact after fact.

Letter to the Editor: Join Ad Hoc Committee to Reverse the UVI Vaccine Mandate

We, the Ad Hoc Committee to Reverse the Vaccine Mandate at the University of the Virgin Islands, are seeking community support to help us organize, research, and properly carry out our civic duty to respectfully and professionally dispute our right to equal education at UVI.

Commentary: Cultural History of Buck Island is Deeper Than Sand, Sun and Fun

The cultural history of Buck Island is deeper than swimming and snorkeling in one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean or the world.

Simple Cynical Clinical Minute 8: The Return of the Pox

After a successful start to vaccination, it has stalled. And now we see a rise in cases. Many people I speak to say "they are not ready" for the vaccine. Seriously, I have no idea what that means besides fear of the vaccine. 

Op-Ed: The Life You Save Could Be Your Own

Moleto A. Smith Jr. is very frustrated by the refusal of "conspiracy theorists and nonsense pushers" to protect the residents of the Virgin Islands by getting vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Op-Ed: Difficult Choices for the Caribbean

Decisions taken at the G7 summit in relation to China will become an issue the Caribbean will have to respond to. David Jessop believes that the coming chill in relations between the West and China will make finding solutions to the problems the region faces more challenging.

Op-Ed: The Necessity to Restore Confidence in WAPA

Filippo Cassinelli says the energy costs in the Virgin Islands are the highest in the nation. A way to generate affordable energy is imperative.

Op-Ed: Tabletop’s Value in Shaping Disaster Response

Tabletop exercises test the territory’s strengths and weaknesses in the face of disaster, and they test emergency workers' ability to respond to them.

Op-Ed: Cryptocurrencies, Central Banks and the Caribbean

This year has seen the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean introduce Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBBCs). Other nations are expected to do so soon. David Jessop believes that CBBCs could revolutionize Caribbean financial transfers, engage the unbanked, and do much to encourage intra-regional trade.

Op-Ed: How About Using Some Federal Money to Get More of That Money?

Rodney North and David North share the many ways they believe the U.S. Virgin Islands could bring money into the local economy.

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