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Op-Ed: Corporal Punishment Is Barbaric and Antiquated

Amelia Headley LaMont gives many reasons why corporal punishment in Virgin Islands schools is barbaric. She points out that students with disabilities are twice as likely to be beaten with a wooden paddle at school.

Op-Ed: Who Will Deliver Structural Changes Post-Pandemic?

A timely and comprehensive policy paper produced by the Ramphal Centre has set out the structural changes required to deliver Caribbean post-COVID economic recovery. Welcoming the study, David Jessop, however, questions whether the region still has the unity of purpose to deliver what it recommends.

Open forum: Public Access to Beaches Through Private Property Is the Wrong Solution

Judy Egnatinsky questions Sen. Alica Barnes’ recent comments equating public access to beaches through private property as systemic racism.

Op-Ed: Under U.S. Leadership, IDB Develops ‘Americas First’ Strategy

In his first address, IDB’s new president said that his appointment would lead to a stronger commitment from the U.S. to support the region and its institutions. David Jessop believes his remarks indicate that for strategic reasons the U.S. is moving gradually towards an ‘Americas First’ policy.
Lindbergh Bay on St. Thomas, a serene vista, but it's currently closed due to the coronavirus. (Source photo by Nour Z. Suid)

Op-Ed: Can Mineral Extraction Ever Be Environmentally Acceptable?

As gold prices surge, increased attention is being paid to its extraction across the Guiana Shield and in the Dominican Republic. David Jessop asks whether it is possible to reconcile the very different concerns of investors, environmentalists and governments?

Open forum: AARP Leads Efforts on Bill to Adapt Complete Streets Policy

AARP - VI is taking the lead in navigating a bill in the Legislature, the Complete Streets Policy, that will improve the livability of the community, “easing transportation concerns for residents, while improving public safety, health and the environment.”

Op-Ed: Stop the Virgin Islands Zoning Disaster

Miguel Quiñones wants the Virgin Islands to enforce a comprehensive zoning ordinance that will replace the haphazard way development is being handled now. He says that variances are “issued for requests without much regard for the negative long-term effects.”
Sen. Allison DeGazon introduced the Blue Economy bill. (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Letter to the Editor: Sen. DeGazon Suggests Solution to Salary Increases for Senators

Sen. Allison L. DeGazon clarifies her vote regarding lawmakers’ salaries.

Open forum: Senators’ Pay Increases Should Be Earned

Jelani Ritter opines on a “failing retiree system” and the recent controversy over the Legislature’s handling of salary increases for senators.
St. Thomas GERS building (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Op-Ed: Urgent Open Letter to USVI Citizens and Retirees on Behalf of GRUFF

Robert D. Gordon is a financial restructuring attorney. He has criticisms of the Governor Bryan’s decision to pay $85 million bond.