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Charlotte Amalie
Friday, October 30, 2020


Letter to the Editor: Sen. Athneil “Bobby” Thomas Clarifies Removing Bill 33-0198 From Session...

Sen. Athneil “Bobby” Thomas explains that he withdrew his bill from consideration to separate it from amendments. Thomas’s bill is about the illegal importation of snakes; one of the amendments is about the salaries of senators.

Letter to the Editor: Slapping and Humiliation Damage Children

Barbara Birt offers an alternative vision of what teaching and working with children can be in contrast to Virgin Islands schools where corporal punishment is legal.

Op-Ed: Washington Consolidates Its Position in the Caribbean

Recent statements by the U.S. Secretary of State suggest that Washington is moving to increase its economic dominance in the Caribbean. David Jessop writes that the Caribbean would do well to consider the implications of this new and likely long-lived version of the Monroe doctrine that offers benefit, but at a price.
Virgin Islands flag with flag of the United States of America

Open forum: It is Time to Amend the Revised Organic Act

Verdel L. Petersen advises Virgin Islanders that a referendum will be on the ballot Election Day. It will be a vote on whether to have a 6th Constitutional Convention or not. Perhaps it makes more sense to amend the Revised Organic Act of 1954

Letter to the Editor: Uniquely Crucian: Gay, Male and Gray

Rodney W. Santiago Kidd writes about the history and language of LGBTQ people.
A replica of an ancient Taino artifact found on St. John. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Op-Ed: Who Is a Native Virgin Islander?

Paul Leary parses the meanings of native, aboriginal, native and indigenous in search of a definition of who is a native Virgin Islander. Does it even matter who is a “native”?
Legislature Building on St. Thomas.

Op-ed: Bill No. 33-0363 Should Be Voted Down

Robert D. Gordon has written an urgent open letter about Bill No. 33-0363 to USVI citizens and retirees on behalf of GRUFF and St. Croix government retirees.
The USVI economy is largely focused on tourism. (Submitted photo)

The Pandemic Offers the Opportunity to Transform Tourism’s Role

The timing of Caribbean tourism’s return to normality remains uncertain. David Jessop suggests that the pandemic has validated the case for transforming the Caribbean model so that the industry is better integrated and more socially relevant.
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The Territory’s Financial Instability Requires a Comprehensive Plan

Kent E. Bernier Sr. reviews the tasks that lie ahead for the Virgin Islands Government to find a way to navigate the fiscal emergency the territory is in, including the Matching Fund Securitization Corporation and the pandemic

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: U.N. Peace Day Might Offer a Framework to Achieve...

The purpose of this day, when it was first established in 1981, was to “strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and people.”





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