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Taxis line up for business on St. John. (Photo from the V.I. Taxi Association website)

Analysis, Part 2: Taxi Lobby Wields Outsized Influence Over V.I. Government

Ronnie Lockhart of St. Thomas posted a question on Facebook asking who has the most power in the Virgin Islands." The options were: governor; senate president, president of the Taxi Association and the head of the Tourism Department. Five said the governor while 26 picked the Taxi Association.
Holly Binns directs the Pew Charitable Trust’s efforts to protect ocean life in the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Caribbean.

Commentary: Fishery Council OKs Island-Based Management

At its spring meeting, the Caribbean Fishery Management Council, which sets policy for fishing in U.S. Caribbean waters, approved island-based fishery management plans that will guide managers in setting rules for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that are tailored to the biodiversity, culture, and other characteristics of each location.

Op-Ed: The Future As History, Part Two – Dystopia

What follows is neither prophesy nor prediction, but a possible path to an uncertain future for the territory. In looking back, what happened often seems inevitable. It wasn't. Choices were made, or, just as often, not made.
Dina Simon

Op-Ed: Prison Reform in the USVI, Part II – Change the Approach and Change...

One of the highlights of my career, albeit one of the most challenging, has been the work to reform New York City’s Department of Correction that I led while serving as deputy commissioner of Human Resources and first deputy commissioner.

Op-Ed: 2050, The Future As History, Part One: ‘We Did It’

Dateline: April 5, 2050, The United Nations, New York In an elaborate ceremony at UN headquarters in New York, the U.S. Virgin Islands was cited as the world's greatest success story in achieving economic, social and environmental excellence over the past three decades.

Op-Ed: Celebrate Women’s Day Every Day, ‘Love for my Sisters’

Little is known about the lives of women who live on the streets in the U.S. Virgin Islands. What do we really know about their lived experiences with psychological, physical, and sexual violence?
Dina Simon

Op-Ed: Prison Reform in the V.I. Part I: Confronting The Ugly Truth

In February, a video released by the American Civil Liberties Union of a violent July 2, 2018, attack of an inmate by a correction officer at the Alexander Farraley Criminal Justice Complex on St. Thomas went viral on various social media platforms and rightly drew the ire of the Virgin Islands community. The video alleged that 'this is not an isolated case of prisoner abuse at this jail.'

Op-ed: Capt. Teddy Seymour Was the First

Wallace Williams was part of history when the first black man sailed around the world solo, beginning and ending at St. Croix. He wants his friend, Capt. Teddy Seymour of St. Croix, to be recognized without question for his feat.

Op-ed: There is No Hierarchy of Oppressions: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Khnuma Simmonds recommends seeing a film called “The Voiceless” as an opportunity for men in the V.I., parents of boys and youth mentors to start a conversation. It is a documentary about the stories of five men who were sexually violated and the challenges that they faced in naming the violation, seeking help and overcoming trauma.
Liz Morrison

Op-ed: Giving Children Room to Grow

Antilles Head of School Liz Morrison gives her insights on the recent college admission scandal, reflecting on parenting and the importance of letting children make their own mistakes.

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