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Ramadan Memories: A Month to Clean Mind, Body and Heart

The beginning of Ramadan on Sunday, May 5, brings back those memories. Growing up and seeing my family come together for prayers was always a beautiful unity. After a long day of fasting, it's a warm feeling to sit with your family and reflect upon each other’s day.
Taxis line up for business on St. John. (Photo from the V.I. Taxi Association website)

Analysis, Part 2: Taxi Lobby Wields Outsized Influence Over V.I. Government

Ronnie Lockhart of St. Thomas posted a question on Facebook asking who has the most power in the Virgin Islands." The options were: governor; senate president, president of the Taxi Association and the head of the Tourism Department. Five said the governor while 26 picked the Taxi Association.
Kids head home from school, skirt for the girl and slacks for the boy.

Commentary: Gender-Specific Dress Code Compromises Student Rights

On March 28, a federal court ruled that a public school in North Carolina violated the Constitution by mandating female students wear skirts as part of their school dress code policies.
Holly Binns directs the Pew Charitable Trust’s efforts to protect ocean life in the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Caribbean.

Commentary: Fishery Council OKs Island-Based Management

At its spring meeting, the Caribbean Fishery Management Council, which sets policy for fishing in U.S. Caribbean waters, approved island-based fishery management plans that will guide managers in setting rules for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that are tailored to the biodiversity, culture, and other characteristics of each location.
A carelessly discarded chip bag floats in the territory's otherwise beautiful blue waters. (Alain M Brin, Blue Glass Photography)

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Earth Day

I am old enough to remember the first, wildly hopeful Earth Day, April 22, 1970. I was 20 years old. I also remember the release of Rachel Carson’s seachanging book “Silent Spring” – which inspired not only the first Earth Day but also the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency.

My Half Centennial Perspective

As an Elder in his 70s, Ivan Butcher II gives advice to Virgin Islands youth and the community at large on creating a better future for all.
Frank Schneiger

Op-Ed: The Future As History, Part Two – Dystopia

What follows is neither prophesy nor prediction, but a possible path to an uncertain future for the territory. In looking back, what happened often seems inevitable. It wasn't. Choices were made, or, just as often, not made.
Dina Simon

Op-Ed: Prison Reform in the USVI, Part II – Change the Approach and Change...

One of the highlights of my career, albeit one of the most challenging, has been the work to reform New York City’s Department of Correction that I led while serving as deputy commissioner of Human Resources and first deputy commissioner.

Op-Ed: 2050, The Future As History, Part One: ‘We Did It’

Dateline: April 5, 2050, The United Nations, New York In an elaborate ceremony at UN headquarters in New York, the U.S. Virgin Islands was cited as the world's greatest success story in achieving economic, social and environmental excellence over the past three decades.

Op-Ed: Celebrate Women’s Day Every Day, ‘Love for my Sisters’

Little is known about the lives of women who live on the streets in the U.S. Virgin Islands. What do we really know about their lived experiences with psychological, physical, and sexual violence?

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