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Legislature Corner: Bank Program Approved, Occupancy Tax Efficiency Act Moves to Rules

Senator Samuel Carrión introduced the Occupancy Tax Efficiency Act noting the large amount of money that was apparently being “left on the table” and the tremendous success of the Virgin Islands Government’s agreement with Airbnb

Open Forum: John’s Folly Learning Institute Thanks Community

On behalf of the John's Folly Learning Institute of St. John, I would like to say thanks to the people, organizations, businesses, and groups that came together on Thanksgiving Day, 2021, to make the season bright for seniors and shut-ins in our community.

Open forum – Virtue of the Week: Devotion

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

Op-Ed: The Importance of Shopping Locally

Josué E. Rivera makes the case for buying local products in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Virtue of the Week: Determination

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week

Legislature Corner: Plaskett Releases Statement on House Passage of Build Back Better Act

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement regarding the passage of the Build Back Better Act in the House of Representatives.

Open forum: V.I. Board of Education Celebrates the Public School Community

The Virgin Islands Board of Education asks the public to recognize and appreciate the public schools, especially during American Education Week from Nov. 15-19.

Virtue of the Week: Detachment

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

Op-Ed: Conservation Society Demands Plans and Collection Fees From VIWMA

The Virgin Islands Conservation Society says “there comes a time for frank and open examination of governmental agencies which have an extended record of failure to act responsibly, perpetuating unconscionable delays threatening our environment and our personal health.”

Commentary: EPA Must Heed Clean Air Act Concerning Limetree

Requiring that polluters follow the Clean Air Act is a necessary first step to ensuring that  Environmental Justice communities like St. Croix are protected from serious harm, according to the letter writers.

Op-Ed: It Is Time to End This Injustice to Our Children

Speaking for the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, Dee Baecher-Brown argues against corporal punishment and that there are other ways to promote children’s positive behavior.

GERS Responds to Inspector General’s Report

The GERS concurred with all of the recommendations that were made in the V.I. Inspector General Report because these efforts to curb the so called “double dipping” have been in effect for many years.

Commentary: Let Us Not Take the 1878 Fireburn Lightly in Our History

On Oct. 1, 1878, agricultural laborers on St. Croix protested the fixed wages and harsh living conditions they were forced into on plantation villages in an event that came to be known as the Fireburn.

Open forum: An Open Letter from Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin

Commissioner of Education Racquel Berry-Benjamin thanks all of those whose prayers, words of encouragement and well-wishes lifted her up while she was recovering from COVID-19.

Legislature Corner: Senate Applauds $300M Community Disaster Loan Forgiveness

“This will certainly prove beneficial as the territory poised itself to be favorably looked at in the investor market. The elimination of this debt places the territory to potentially see lower interest rates, which provides for greater opportunity for increased refunding bond capacity.”

Commentary: Legislators, Be an Example and Protect St. Croix’s Prime Farmland

I was informed that there are discussions among some legislators who are thinking about exchanging prime government agricultural farmlands with other lands to allow a development to move forward. Act 6836 forbids the use of prime government agricultural lands for non-agricultural uses.

Op-Ed: Today Is a Special Holiday

Gwen-Marie Moolenaar of the League of Women Voters VI argues that voting is necessary if you truly want change.

Open forum: Senator Marvin Blyden’s Actions Are Unacceptable

Chairman Cecil R. Benjamin, speaking on behalf of the Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands, condemns the recent actions of Senate Majority Leader Marvin Blyden.

Senator Carrión Encourages Community to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (English and Español)

Sen. Samuel Carrion of St. Croix writes about Hispanic Heritage and the contributions of the Hispanic people who live in the Virgin Islands.

Open forum: It Is Hard to Think I Will Not See You Again.

Bob White remembers his longtime friend and radio partner Holland Redfield.

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