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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Letter to the Editor: Black and Brown Faces in White Coats: The Problem of...

Rodney W. Santiago-Kidd prescribes many antidotes to systemic racism within the health care system in the Virgin Islands. He says that the medical community needs to pursue racial justice by mobilizing itself and adopting alternative methods of dealing with Black and Latino populations.

STX Foundation Joins 450 U.S. Philanthropies in Unprecedented Letter: Don’t Cut Census Short

On Aug. 5, St. Croix Foundation for Community Development joined approximately 450 philanthropic organizations in an unprecedented letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau calling for a retraction of cutting the census short. A full press release facilitated by Gary Bass of the Bauman Foundation is as follows.

Open forum: Frederiksted Health Care Explains Benefits of Pediatric Vaccines

Frederiksted Health Care Inc., in honor of National Health Center Week 2020, Aug. 9-12, submits information on pediatric vaccinations. It stresses that “disease prevention benefits children receive from getting vaccines outweigh the risks and possible side effects they may experience post-vaccination.”

Letter to the Editor: De Lugo Helped Eastern Caribbean Immigrants

Paul Leary writes about former Delegate to Congress Ron De Lugo’s contribution to integrating Eastern Caribbean immigrants into the Virgin Islands at a time when they were often being discriminated against.

We Must Do Better!

Moleto A. Smith Jr. bemoans the hundreds of murdered Virgin Islanders who have been victims over the past two decades of senseless violence.

Black Lives Matter: Denmark’s Neglected Obligations to the Virgin Islands

Bernard Bierlich, Ph.D., a Danish anthropologist, believes that Danes should do more than apologize for the legacies of their past colonialism. He asks them to help improve the lives of Virgin Islanders in a real way.
Agriculture Commissioner Positive T.A. Nelson criticized abusive farming practices during Tuesday’s Finance Committee hearing. (V.I. Legislature Photo)

The Irony of Our Day — An Emancipation Message

The following is a poem about Emancipation Day written by Positive T.A. Nelson, who is the Commissioner of Agriculture of the United States Virgin Islands.
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Something Needs to Change; This Is My Last Effort

Peach Montana is frustrated waiting for tax refunds that have not arrived for four years. A change in priorities by the politicians is needed.

Reasons Why Plastic Utensils Make No Sense

John Beagles finds the new regulation by the governor that makes plastic utensils mandatory to be illogical and environmentally damaging.

How Will the Cannabis Bill Affect the V.I. People and Economy?

The Crucian Cannabis Chamber of Commerce Inc. has opinions and questions about the Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act, which will go before the Senate on June 12.

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