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Sen. Janelle Sarauw (File photo)

Open forum: Where Is the Division of Festivals?

Sen. Janelle Sarauw says the Department of Tourism is not implementing a law that was passed by the 32nd Legislature to organize festivals in the territory.
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plasket questions Michael Cohen Wednesday during the House Government Oversight Committee's hearing.

Open forum: Plaskett Requests Meeting on Funding, Recent Drug Trafficking Activity

Congresswoman Plaskett released the following statement regarding a letter she has sent to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program and the Drug Enforcement Agency regarding their budgets and their recent activity in the territory.

Open forum: Soldier Crab Housing

Ivan Butcher II writes about native Virgin Islanders not investing in houses and land while new residents are buying everything up.
Full shelves look down on empty aisles at the Turnbull Library, which is closed while the air conditioning system is repaired.

Open forum: We Should Be Ashamed…

Carol Lotz-Felix, a former president of The Friends of the St. Thomas Public Libraries, calls for support and involvement to make the libraries in the Virgin Islands take actions to improve a dire situation.

Open forum: St. Croix Chamber of Commerce Reacts to Proposed WAPA Rate Increase

The St. Croix Chamber strongly opposes a rate increase by WAPA that promises to adversely affect local business. It believes the Government of the Virgin Islands must take the first step by taking care of the $43 million gap and alleviating the hardship on residents.

WAPA Is Run for the Benefit of the Few

Former senator-at-large Craig Barshinger reminds Virgin Islanders that they own WAPA. He shares some ideas on how to solve the electric power situation in the V.I.

Cruise Ship Mega Project Is a Mistake

Warren Stryker says the project to build ports for mega cruise ships in the Virgin Islands is a waste of money. Floating bonds to pay for such projects robs residents of money that needs to be spent on local issues such as garbage collection and retiree pensions.
A damaged St. Thomas home with a blue tarp roof in March of 2018. (Bill Kossler photo)

Drip. Drip. Drip.

Glenn “Butcher” Brown warns that the blue tarps now being used for roofing in the Virgin Islands are not strong enough to keep out the rain.
Mary Moorhead appearing before the V.I. Legislature on July 11, 2016. (V.I. Legislature photo by Barry Leerdam)

Letter: Mary Moorhead Urges Gittens to Act on Senate Reorganization

Dear Senators of the 33rd Legislature, After the alleged reorganization of the 33rd Legislature this afternoon, Senator Gittens’ actions and statement left doubt and confusion...

PSC Commissioner Clendenin Gives Dissenting Opinion

The Public Services Commission (PSC) releases the following dissent from PSC Commissioner Johann Clendenin on Docket 676 - PSC Order No. 45-2019 of April 25, 2019; in the matter of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authorities Petition for Approval of the Temporary Hurricane Recovery Surcharge and Leased Generation Surcharge stating, in part:

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