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Saturday, September 21, 2019
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Rendering of the Wartsila Power Plant with three new units at Harley power plant St. Thomas. (Image provided by WAPA, March 2017)

Op-ed: The Case for Privatizing WAPA

Filippo Cassinelli is against the current proposed WAPA increase. He believes that the V.I. Government should explore selling at least a 51 percent stake in WAPA.
The four graduates from St. Croix Seventh-day Adventist School Class of 2019 share a hug. From left, Mahlana Graham, Shomari Francis, Stacy Frederick, Chanel Aubert.

Op-Ed: Sometimes Religion Gets it Right

A class of four from the St. Croix Seventh-day Adventist School received their entrance tickets to the world of higher education on Sunday with about $242,640 in scholarships. They credit their accomplishments to supernatural powers.
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.
A dozen or more Crucians gather to collect trash on St. Croix this spring. (File photo by Linda Morland)

Op-Ed: 1,000 Cleanups Won’t Deter the Littering Population in the USVI

For three years, I’ve been amazed and inspired by the number of residents leading cleanups on St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, and even the oft forgotten historic district of Hassel Island. I was extremely happy to see the Department of Tourism encouraging residents to assist in collecting trash throughout the territory.

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.

Commentary: Whatever Happened to the Caribbean Monk Seal, Last Seen in the 1950s?

Do you remember the Caribbean Monk Seal? Do you know what they are, or more accurately, what they were?

A Resolution to Honor Euclyn “Pede” Prentice Jr.

Sen. Javan E. James Sr. writes about a young Virgin Islander who was accomplishing a great deal in his life before he died on Memorial Day.
Not every abandoned car has been removed from the roads of the U.S. Virgin Islands, as this photo taken Wednesday morning attests. (sap photo)

Op-Ed: At Least One More Abandoned Vehicle Needs Attention

On Tuesday, Government House issued a statement touting the Abandoned Vehicle Task Force’s recent accomplishments in tagging and removing 200 vehicles ditched by their owners in various locations on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. But the job isn't done, yet.

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