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.
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?
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.
Robert D. Gordon is a financial restructuring attorney. He has criticisms of the Governor Bryan’s decision to pay $85 million bond.
Sen. Athneil “Bobby” Thomas explains that he withdrew his bill from consideration to separate it from amendments. Thomas’s bill is about the illegal importation of snakes; one of the amendments is about the salaries of senators.
Recent statements by the U.S. Secretary of State suggest that Washington is moving to increase its economic dominance in the Caribbean. David Jessop writes that the Caribbean would do well to consider the implications of this new and likely long-lived version of the Monroe doctrine that offers benefit, but at a price.
Rodney W. Santiago Kidd writes about the history and language of LGBTQ people.