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Alexander Hamilton portrait by John Trumbull 1806. (Public domain)

Editorial: As ‘Hamilton’ Plays in Puerto Rico, St. Croix Should Seize the Publicity Opportunity

Before Alexander Hamilton was “young, scrappy and hungry” in New York, he was fending for himself on a small island in the Danish West Indies. That island – St. Croix – had a profound impact on Hamilton, setting him apart from the other U.S. founding fathers. And that history should be more celebrated.

Open Forum: Senator Jackson Honors Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Sen. Myron D. Jackson joins the world in celebrating the 90th anniversary of the birth of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who dedicated his life to the fight for racial equality.
Albert Bryan: 'Education is where we really need to start.'

Open forum: Gov. Bryan Expresses Concern With Wave of Gun Violence Throughout Territory

On Tuesday, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. expressed his grave concern with the recent occurrences of gun violence in the territory that resulted in the deaths and senseless injury of several Virgin Islanders over the last two weeks. He calls Virgin Islanders to action in taking back [the] community.

Opinion: Visa Waiver Program Is a Bad Idea for the V.I.

Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett has introduced legislation that would create another Visa Waiver Program – visas would not be required for people from other Caribbean islands wanting to be tourists in the territory. It's not a good idea. The USVI cannot afford what I regard as the inevitable consequences of this bill.

Open forum: Insights

Bob White presents an analysis of the economics of the U.S. Virgin Islands: past, present and future. He wonders where “generation now” will find work.

Open forum: January Is National Stalking Awareness Month

Debra Benjamin of the Women's Coalition of St. Croix says that victims of stalking and the justice system underestimate “its danger and urgency.”
Marijuana leaves (Yahoo photo)

Editorial: Time for Senate to Legalize Locally Produced Recreational Cannabis

The medical marijuana legislation approved Friday by the Legislature is a strong step in the right direction. Now it is long-past time to stop criminalizing and marginalizing V.I. youth and adults for a practice that is demonstrably far less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.

Op-ed: Rethinking the Sale of Government Properties in the U.S.V.I.

Lloyd Gardner gives guidance on how to deal with selling government-owned assets in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is against selling government properties without a careful review of those assets.
Albert Bryan

Editorial: Managing Expectations – What We Expect from the New Governor

We do not demand miracles from the next governor. Governor-elect Albert Bryan (D-VI) did not float down on wings of gossamer, waving a magic...

Open forum: It’s Time to Change How We Interact With Each Other

Verdel L. Petersen of St. Croix asks that the division between St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John, which was evident during the recent runoff election, be faced. “We need to have an open dialogue about the perceived and actual disparities that exist.”

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