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.
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.
Judy Egnatinsky questions Sen. Alica Barnes’ recent comments equating public access to beaches through private property as systemic racism.
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.
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?
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.”
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 L. DeGazon clarifies her vote regarding lawmakers’ salaries.
Jelani Ritter opines on a “failing retiree system” and the recent controversy over the Legislature’s handling of salary increases for senators.
Robert D. Gordon is a financial restructuring attorney. He has criticisms of the Governor Bryan’s decision to pay $85 million bond.