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Editorial: Beware the Pitfalls and Profits of Privatization

With power outages cascading across the territory and the news in the last week – even getting attention on National Public Radio on the mainland – we worry these events might presage a new drive toward privatization of our public utility.

Editorial: The Source Grips Journalistic Principles in Defense of Democracy and Order

That the “announcement” of the “retirement” of Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor at the end of his contract on June 30 did not come from Government House speaks to the complete lack of leadership at the top.

Editorial: The Local News Industry Needs Local Advertising to Survive

Many newspaper publishers have expressed concern over how Google and Facebook are directly hurting their bottom line. It is with this in mind that the Source offers some insights into the financial state of the newspaper industry.

MLK: Where Do We Go from Here; Chaos or Community?

This year the Source cannot escape marking the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth with the farsightedness of his final book, finished on a four-week retreat to Jamaica in 1966 – 55 years ago – and published in June 1967.

Editorial: Christmas Holds Hope, Love, Charity and Light

You would not expect to find hope in a book about coronavirus. But after months of holding my emotional own against the tidal wave of anxiety and bad news, that’s where I stumbled upon a moment of something like faith in the future. 

Editorial: Assumptions, Silence, Apathy are Deadly for Children and Community

The silence is deadly in the aftermath of the dramatic, daylight killing of 29-year-old Rique Ashby and his cousin, 14-year-old Aaron Ashby, as they operated a backhoe cleaning up overflowing trash in the, as yet to be demolished, former Tutu Hi-Rise Housing Community.

Editorial: Why Does the PSC Board Want to be the WAPA Board?

The Legislature is considering a bill to give the Public Services Commission power to resolve water and power customer complaints. While clearly well-intentioned and aimed at helping consumers, senators should vote it down.

Unconstitutional Bill to Punish Beach Homeowners is a Blot on USVI Legislature

On Thursday, Senators are bringing back a plainly unconstitutional bill to force certain homeowners to spend money, not to fix up their homes, but to build roads, pathways, sidewalks and handicapped access ramps across their yards for strangers to use.

Editorial: Governor Should Veto Proposed Changes to Cannabis Board

The Senate passed a bill Monday to restructure the Cannabis Advisory Board, a change that will render it impossible to fill, probably result in gridlock and confusion and delay the start of a legal Virgin Islands cannabis market. The governor should veto it.

The Source Supports Black Lives Matter and Condemns Police Brutality

The Virgin Island Source stands with the Virgin Islands community and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement around the world in condemning police brutality and systemic racism.

There Might Have Been Other Steps Before Closing the Beaches

As we watched ignorant, self-absorbed individuals ignore the pleas of Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. to keep our distance, our greatest fear was that the many who have done as requested and need the stress relief of sun, salt water and some breathing room would suffer.

Imagine If V.I. Kids Could Go to the Library After School

This is the first in an ongoing series of articles imagining the big, positive changes that could affect people’s lives from little, inexpensive changes here and there, building a more utopian U.S. Virgin Islands.

Editorial: Local Journalism Matters

In our scattered daily news consumption, we pick up bits and pieces from our social media accounts, radios, TVs, family, friends and coworkers. We read snippets here and there, and glaze over headlines that we talk about in our social settings with conviction.

Opinion: Bill Would Make Some Property Owners More Sacred Than Others

Several senators are pushing a new law that would, on its face, force people who own shoreline property not just to allow access to the shore but to build public roads, public sidewalks and more, at their own expense. The proposal is unconstitutional, unfair and abusive.

Editorial: Electric Vehicles Are the Next Major Revolution in Personal Transportation

Doug White makes his case for a transition to electrical vehicles (EVs) in the Virgin Islands.

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.

Analysis, Part 1: Pathetic Taxi Service Is a USVI Economic Emergency

The lack of reliable taxi transportation after dark anywhere in the U.S. Virgin Islands is a knife in the heart to the territory's tourism economy and senators urgently need to enable Uber and Lyft to help fill the gaping hole.

Opinion: Vote No or Stay Home March 30 for Reapportionment

Early voting ends March 22 and on March 30 the territory will cast ballots to decide whether to approve a ballot initiative creating districts, electing more senators at large and bypassing the Legislature to rearrange how senator’s office funds work. The plan does nothing to address any of the problems its proponents say they want to fix.

Op-Ed: We Must Protect the Least Among Us

Shaun Pennington comes upon a rare bird while jogging and it leads her to thoughts about the important connections between humankind and the creatures of the Earth.

Editorial: A Compelling Case for Free Tuition

Dr. David Hall writes about the value and importance of having the new free tuition policy at the University of the Virgin Islands.

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