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Thursday, July 18, 2019
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Commentary

Open forum: Hurricane Wreckage Still Not Cleaned Up

The Coral Bay Community Council wants to know why Summer’s End Group has failed to clear hurricane wreckage from their leased properties on St. John. The group is hitting a brick wall.

Opinion: After Sweet Meat Comes Sour Sauce (Senators Please Stop Playing Games and Be...

Preening about, pretending to be a hero of the people by starving WAPA of funds, thus ensuring the people will pay more in the long run, has long been a favorite pastime of senators. It should end.

Open forum: Virgin Islands Has State-of-the-Art Medical Care

Charlene Kehoe, director of Cancer Support VI, recently had a mastectomy at Schneider Regional Medical Center. Her experience was all good.

Open forum: The Initiative: Putting the Cart before the Horse!

Ivan Butcher II says he supports the Reapportionment Initiative, but he believes it needs some altercations and more clarity.
Slot machines in Las Vegas. (Public domain via Wikimedia)

Opinion: V.I. Gambling Needs a Marie Kondo Makeover

There are three separate bodies regulating gambling in the U.S. Virgin Islands with nonsensical jurisdictions. One of them is completely opaque about its operations. The other two cover nearly identical subjects. This is ridiculous, wasteful, duplicative, inefficient and an invitation to corruption.

Open forum: Praising Oriel Smith, Preserving Nature’s Beauty

Susan Lloyd had breakfast with the man, Oriel Smith, who has been taking care of the grounds of Caneel. He has also been protecting St. John’s donkeys for over 20 years. She and others have started a fund to preserve the island’s natural beauty and wildlife.
Princess Cruise ship in Crown Bay (Photo by Semele A.C. George)

Opinion: Dissolve WICO and Merge It into Port Authority

The Legislature should dissolve the West Indian Company and merge it into the V.I. Port Authority, because it makes no sense for a tiny territory with the population of Peoria, Illinois, to have two distinct local government bodies overseeing different ports and cruise ship piers.

Open forum: All of Us Must Rally Together

D. Orlando Smith OBE, the premier of the British Virgin Islands, gives his final address to his fellow citizens.
Concept drawing of proposed hotel at Yacht Haven Grande presented to the V.I. Legislature in 2018. (V.I. Legislature image)

Analysis: Another Way to Finance Yacht Haven Hotel?

There is reason to think a hotel would be good for the Yacht Haven Grande area. And if it really is a viable project, lenders should be up for lending $10 million secured by the hotel's future tax revenues. Plus, changes made to the Tax Increment Financing law last year make it easier for a developer to use the program.

Op-Ed: It’s Time to Protect V.I. Teenage Boys from Sexual Assault

In September, the nation was rocked with allegations that Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee at the time, had sexually assaulted a high school classmate at a house party in 1982. Following the hundreds of video snippets, articles and commentary, I was triggered in an unimaginable way by Dr. Ford's testimony and even cried watching at home.

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