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.
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.
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.
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
Rodney W. Santiago Kidd writes about the history and language of LGBTQ people.
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”?
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 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.
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
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.”