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Open forum: Senator Marvin Blyden’s Actions Are Unacceptable

Chairman Cecil R. Benjamin, speaking on behalf of the Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands, condemns the recent actions of Senate Majority Leader Marvin Blyden.

Open forum: It Is Hard to Think I Will Not See You Again.

Bob White remembers his longtime friend and radio partner Holland Redfield.

Open forum: The Goal for VI Youth: ‘Go for the Gold!’

Sandra Bradley compares the youth of the Virgin Islands to those young people in the world who compete at the Olympics. She asks the adults to set goals for the young to get behind and to lead them away from crime towards worthy purposes.

Open forum: To Be or Not to Be Vaccinated

Jelani L. Ritter says that people should have the right to refuse COVID vaccinations.

Op Ed: Maybe This Can Help Explain…

Building upon previous open forum he wrote, Joseph DeJames MD continues to opine that everyone should be vaccinated for COVID.

Open forum: The Forgotten Essential Employees

A restaurant worker writes about the difficulty of keeping customers from breaking the rules on wearing masks. Employees are expected to police something that the government doesn’t.

Open forum: A Legacy of Compassionate Public Service

As she retires, Gwendolyn Hall Brady bids farewell and thanks the people of the Virgin Islands for allowing her to serve them.

Open forum: Our Political Leaders Must Stand Up to COVID Now

Dr. Steve Hardee says it is time to restrict nonvaccinated people from places such as bars, restaurants, theaters and cruise ships.

Open forum: We Are Family and Must Work Together to Defeat COVID

Moleto Smith Jr. asks that all Virgin Islanders unite to focus on defeating the COVID crisis.

Open forum: The Next Generation of Power

Jelani Ritter writes about the importance of infrastructure, renewable energy, technology and the necessity for a diversification of the economy in the territory’s future.

Open forum: Needed: An Enlightened Approach to Energy

Prof. Paul Leary says that the news on the Limetree Refinery and the history of refineries in the Virgin Islands accentuates the need for the elimination of fossil fuels. He points out that the territory is blessed with abundant sunshine and constant winds that could form the basis for a green alternative.

Open forum: Board of Elections Is Smoke and Mirrors

The current single board of elections has been operating devoid of bylaws rules of governance and other parameters which would legitimize this body politic.

Open forum: We Must Protect Our Environment and the Future of the V.I.

Dawn Henry gives a brief history of how the current environmental crisis was created in spite of the good intentions of the V.I. Government, the DPNR. She says that under the Trump Administration the scale was tipped in favor of big business over environmental regulations.

Open Forum: Taking Care of Parents Is Rewarding

Glenn Webster writes that taking care of one’s parent when they are unable to take care of themselves is a gift, not a burden.

Open forum: Address the V.I. Education Curriculum Directly

Mary L. Moorhead advises the Legislature of which courses are significant for the proper development of future generations and for a sustainable Virgin Islands economy.

Open forum: Questions About the Cowgirl Bebop Floating Lounge Need Answers

Stephanie Chalana Brown brings up many issues that surround the decision to allow or not the Cowgirl Bebop Floating Lounge.

Open forum: The Confession

Winston Nugent has written a poem dedicated to all the young black men who died from gun violence.

Open forum: Bureau of Corrections Releases Statement on Payroll Issues

The Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections responds to the payroll issues raised by correctional officers and other employees.

Open Forum: Problems in Paradise: USVI Not all Seashells and Sunsets.

Stephen DePaula Jr. writes: "We ignored the warning signs, the Trip Advisor reviews, and the facts. As a result, we were assaulted at gunpoint and robbed."

Open forum: Diversification is Key to the Virgin Islands Economy

The St. Thomas and St. John Chamber of Commerce praises Governor Bryan and Delegate to Congress Plaskett for leading the Virgin Islands through the present pandemic. It agrees with the governor must now look to diversification of the V.I. economy.

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