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Op-ed: Christensen Supports Veto of Certificate of Need Bill

Donna M. Christensen gives her reasons for supporting Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s veto of a bill about non-hospital care facilities that operate as stand-alone facilities.

Op-ed: Senate Should Okay Loan Request for New Hotel

Members of the Port of Charlotte Amalie Cruise Ship Task Force are asking the Senate to pass legislation to loan developers $10 million to help finance the building of a hotel by Yacht Haven Grande. They lay out their reasons for allowing the building of the first new hotel on St. Thomas in 30 years.

Op-Ed: Pie-in-the-Sky Giveaways Serve Politicians, Not the People *Updated*

As election day draws near, Gov. Kenneth Mapp has given out pay raises, promised free college tuition at the University of the Virgin Islands, championed "Christmas bonuses" to retirees about to lose their pensions and made wildly rosy promises about fixing GERS.
The St. Croix Educational Complex.

Op-Ed: Facing Reality – The Future of Public Education

Public education in the United States, especially in areas – urban and rural – with high levels of poverty is largely seen as being "broken." And, despite claims to the contrary, we have gotten accustomed to it.

Op-ed: SBA Disaster Lending Is Not the Disaster Assistance Expected

Justin Moorhead tells the story about his working through the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance, which he sees as slow moving, uncoordinated and often opaque.

Op-ed: Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett Responds to National Review Article Urging Congress Not to Trust...

Summary: Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett takes strong exception to a recent article printed in the National Review that said the U.S. Virgin Islands cannot be trusted with post-disaster funds.

Op Ed: Facing Reality – The Virgin Islands Has Been Noticed

An article in the conservative magazine National Review has created a narrative about the islands that must be countered before it becomes the conventional wisdom – the the USVI's peril.
Limetree Oil Refinery (File photo)

Op-ed: The Good, the Bad and the Ill Considered

Justin Moorhead warns of the problems that lie ahead for a reopening of the St. Croix refinery. He sees the good that can come from the refinery, but he lists the mistakes of the past that may be visited upon the present.

Opinion: Facing Reality – Social Cohesion (Part One: Why it Matters)

People use the word community a lot these days. There are ethnic and racial "communities," like the "African-American community," the "Asian community," etc. Then we have the "artistic community," the "LGBTQ community," and the "faith community." It is a strange thing that the more we talk about communities, the less we seem to have them.
A pile of used tires. Americans dispose of bout 290 million tires a year, almost one per person. (Image from rubbercycle.com)

Too Many Tires? Technology May Turn That into a Boon

There are two ways to look at the challenge of disposing of the huge numbers of waste tires recently discovered in Virgin Islands landfills.

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VIPD 2018-1 -- take the oath of office Friday morning at the Leonard Francis Armory. The second class of police cadets, the first on St. Thomas for the year, includes three members of the Virgin Islands Police Department, peace officers serving in the Executive Security Unit, Superior Court Marshalls, VI Port Authority, Taxi Commission and the Department of Justice. There are also four new officers for the Bureau of Corrections.
VIPD Territorial Police Chief Winsbut Mc Farlane congratulated the recruits for successfully completing seven months of rigorous training.
Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks administered the oath of office as police brass, friends and family looked on.
The first class of recruits graduated Wednesday on St. Croix.
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