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Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tue July 23, 2019 3:40 AM

Commentary

Are We Really Invested In Tourism?

Our wavering commitment to tourism has exposed us to risks and vulnerabilities, especially put in perspective of the Great Recession, the loss of EDC beneficiaries and the closing of HOVENSA.

The V.I. Needs to Trade With the World

Adrian C.R. Gillem alerts Virgin Islanders to the importance of the present focus of Congress on the Trade Bill and its parts: TPA, TPP and TTIP. He explains what these are and questions why the territory’s politicians have done so little to help the V.I. by working for this bill’s passage.

Welcome Home Governor Mapp; You Are Not Homeless

Cecil R. Benjamin lists the many places in the territory that are deemed residences for the governor. Some require repair, but all are available.

Virtue of the Week: Service

Service is giving to others, making a difference in their lives. You consider their needs as important as your own. Be helpful without waiting to be asked. Do every job with excellence.

WICO CEO: Every Visitor Counts

As we take time this month to observe the importance of tourism on the U.S. Virgin Islands economy, we at the West Indian Company, Ltd. remain mindful of the impact the cruise industry has on the overall tourism product, especially the highly coveted overnight guest sector.

To Save the Reefs, Deal With the Sewage

George Johansen warns that actually saving the reefs requires that governments in the BVI and USVI deal with the raw sewage problem.

Revitalization Requires Total Community Involvement

David Bornn, president of Downtown Revitalization Inc., asks the community to get involved in efforts to improve the whole downtown area of Charlotte Amalie. He asks people to start participating by attending the next annual meeting on May 23.

GRUFF Questions Relationship Between GERS and WICO

Government Retirees United for Fairness Inc. (GRUFF) makes it clear that it does not favor or support the sale of GERS-owned property in Havensight Mall or Port of Sale. GRUFF also wants the Senate to change the relationship between GERS and WICO.

Let Undocumented Aliens Have Drivers’ Licenses

Former delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen gives her personal opinion on the issue of allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers’ licenses in the Virgin Islands.

The Bookworm: ‘Welcome to My Breakdown’

Whoever said that big girls don’t cry needs to know that that’s not true: as in the new book “Welcome to My Breakdown” by Benilde Little, sometimes crying is only the beginning.

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