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Friday, January 21, 2022

Op-ed

Op-Ed: All of Us Can Use a Healthy Dose of Good Vibrations

Moleto A. Smith Jr. shares the positive principles he tries to live by.

Op-Ed: We the People, January 6th Day of Remembrance and Action – A Day of Healing

Supervisor Caroline F. Fawkes writes that “The promise of democracy is not a partisan issue but a calling that unites us as Americans.”

Op-Ed: …missed opportunity…

After hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 over $700,000 was designated for The Enid Baa Library and Archives. Wallace Williams says those funds could be used to repair and further improve the V.I. public libraries. “The library/libraries don’t need to be repurposed; they need to have their capacity maximized.”

Commentary: Let Us Make Kallaloo Our National Dish for 2022

Historically speaking, this time of the year the talk on estates during the Danish and early American rule of these islands was of kallaloo and the Christmas festival. As the year drew to a close, especially on the island of St. Croix, the enslaved population of the Danish West Indies was preparing for the Christmas festival and the cooking of kallaloo.

Commentary: ‘Tis Normally the Season for Abundant Butterflies

This year we have received below-average rainfall. On the surface of the islands, everything appears lush and green. Those of us who are in tune with nature will notice the absence of certain organisms in abundance this autumn and winter season.

Op-Ed: Reasons the ‘Transparency Bill’ Is Not Needed

Dr. Donna M. Christensen gives six reasons she is against Bill No. 34-0073, which has been called the “Transparency Bill."

Op-Ed: The Summers End Group – One Year Later

One year ago – on December 15, 2020 – seven Senators of the 33rd Legislature voted to approve a CZM permit and Trust Land occupancy agreement for the Summers End Group to construct a 145 slip mega yacht marina covering 30 acres of Coral Bay Harbor.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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