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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.

Commentary: We Must Follow Laurance S. Rockefeller’s Wishes for Caneel Bay

We should and must honor the wishes of Rockefeller, who wanted Caneel Bay properties to come under the control of the Secretary of the Interior and managed by the National Park Service, “for the use and enjoyment by visitors to the park of the outstanding scenic and other features of national significance located both within the premises and in other areas of the park."

Virtue of the Week: Compassion

Compassion is deep empathy for another who is suffering or living with misfortune. It is understanding and caring, and strong desire to ease their distress. Compassion flows freely from our hearts when we let go of judgements and seek to understand.

Op Ed: What’s the Value of a Child’s Smile?

Dr. Sonia Taylor Griffith DDS informs the public about the importance of and the ramifications of good oral health.

Open forum: The Goal for VI Youth: ‘Go for the Gold!’

Sandra Bradley compares the youth of the Virgin Islands to those young people in the world who compete at the Olympics. She asks the adults to set goals for the young to get behind and to lead them away from crime towards worthy purposes.

Legislature Corner: Sen Joseph’s Youth Summer Program Leads to Jobs

Joseph’s office budget funded the placement of young people to work at a government agency or non-profit organizations.

Legislature Corner: Farming and Fishing Industries to Be Focus of September 8 Hearing

Sen. Kenneth Gittens, chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Agriculture, advises the public it will be discussing issues, concerns and initiatives related to local agriculture and fishing, emphasizing matters that impact small business people working in these industries.

Open forum: To Be or Not to Be Vaccinated

Jelani L. Ritter says that people should have the right to refuse COVID vaccinations.

Public Policy and Waste Management in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Lloyd Gardner says the main challenge in the development of the energy sector in the USVI is how to deal with the absence of comprehensive public policy and a sector development strategy.

Op-Ed: Veterans, We Are Here for You

Carlos Escobar, head of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System, addresses veterans, their families and caregivers on the Afghan crisis and how it affects them emotionally.

Op-Ed: GRUFF to Government Retirees: Say No to Pension Cuts

Government Retirees United for Fairness Inc. (GRUFF) presents a position paper on the Virgin Islands Government’s handling of the possiblity that problems with GERS solvency will effect the government retirees pension funds.

Op-Ed: Personal Disaster Resilience: The First ‘72’

The following is an informational piece on dealing with natural disasters that was produced by the University of the Virgin Islands Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Plan team.

Op Ed: The Coral Bay “Building for Nothing”

Well we now have a "Building for Nothing" in Coral Bay, St John. Shortly after Hurricane Irma devastated Coral Bay with almost total destruction of the historic Guy Benjamin School, construction began on a modular "Sprung Structure" on the grounds of the Coral Bay school.

Op Ed: Maybe This Can Help Explain…

Building upon previous open forum he wrote, Joseph DeJames MD continues to opine that everyone should be vaccinated for COVID.

Commentary: USVI Needs Leadership to Preserve Our Natural Places  

This article is as relevant today as when I wrote it a few years ago, stressing how important it is to establish open green spaces in the Virgin Islands if we want to grow a healthy economy.

Open forum: The Forgotten Essential Employees

A restaurant worker writes about the difficulty of keeping customers from breaking the rules on wearing masks. Employees are expected to police something that the government doesn’t.

Op-ed: Everyone Is Entitled to Their Own Opinion…

Joseph DeJames MD advocates for the necessity of getting the COVID-19 vaccine and bases his “opinion” upon fact after fact after fact.

Letter to the Editor: Join Ad Hoc Committee to Reverse the UVI Vaccine Mandate

We, the Ad Hoc Committee to Reverse the Vaccine Mandate at the University of the Virgin Islands, are seeking community support to help us organize, research, and properly carry out our civic duty to respectfully and professionally dispute our right to equal education at UVI.

Legislature Corner: Blyden Urges VIHFA to Expedite Emergency Rental Assistance

Over the past few months, the U.S. Department of Treasury has loosened restrictions regarding the funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program yet there are no accompanying changes to the requirements and regulations of the local rental assistance program.,

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