When my mother died, my sister moved into our family home. She kept most of the furniture, because why throw out good furniture? There are some pieces, however, that she has no use for. With those, she usually asks me if I want it before she gets rid of it.

The old saying, “You get what you pay for,” has never been more critical to a community than the recent poor decision to cut the Judiciary budget. At a time when tightening the belt of a community is a must, we are cutting our nose to spite our face.

How well prepared is the Caribbean to respond to the politically-led emergence of “vaccine nationalism,” an approach likely to see countries with advanced bio-pharma facilities initially restrict the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine?

It’s been a rough week for sure. Many of us have been touched by the passing of Chadwick Boseman. You’d have to have been out to sea for the past week to not know the outpouring of love and grief, celebration and sorrow that has flowed around the world since we learned of his death. His pass…

Seventy-five years ago, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bringing an end to World War II and sounding a warning about the devastating power of nuclear weapons.

The coronavirus pandemic has upended so much. It has exposed the fragility of our food supply and made us revalue domestic agriculture and producers, including the front-line workers who harvest, make and deliver our food. But we’re now reworking our supply chains for national food security …

Breastfeeding is foundational to good health and has been scientifically proven to be the best way to nourish babies, but the opportunity to successfully and consistently breastfeed isn’t available to all mothers.

Pitchfork to the Bad Policy Whisperer, whoever he-she-they might be, filling the governor’s ear with bad ideas, which are mounting up like the piles of used plastic forks and spoons at the landfill. The Whisperer must be the one to blame for the Government House absurdities like allowing use…

We are a nation adrift. Even before the pandemic and George Floyd’s death, the U.S. was piling on problems with little sense that we had either the leadership or the political will to address them.

There are a few things I’ve learned about my style while writing this column over the years. When it comes to hot button issues, I have two main approaches. On the one hand I like to do some digging, talk to some folk, come to a conclusion and share. Sometimes, a lot of the time, according t…

Mount Eagle, the highest peak on St. Croix, is one of the most beautiful hikes on the island. This rugged terrain of a mountain crest extends to 1,165 feet above sea level to Blue Mountain, where it reaches 1,090 feet. Historically, Mount Eagle was one of the sites that periodically sheltere…

Six months into the COVID life, I was sure I was losing my mind when I found myself eating spaghetti for breakfast. Food, important in an Italian-heritage family, had suddenly become a free-for-all. It wasn’t so much the choice of spaghetti that made me start thinking, but the sheer desperat…

Recently my car has been doing this thing where it won’t crank. Just randomly. Everything turns on and works but the battery won’t catch. We have a portable jumper and that is usually all it takes to get it going. Please don’t email me auto advice. We plan on getting it checked out.

In picking California Sen. Kamala Harris to join the Democrats’ 2020 presidential ticket, Joe Biden has shown that, unlike the man currently holding the job he seeks, he’s not afraid of strong women.

Hours prior to V.I. senators — sitting as a Committee of the Whole — hearing conflicting details relative to a nearly $1 million contract that would have benefited a startup company co-founded by his eldest daughter, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. requested another 60-day extension to the current Sta…

As I mentioned in my last article about COVID-19, my perspective in fighting this disease is from a holistic approach, which means the healing of the human body physically, mentally and spiritually. Thus, the diet of the human family is an important factor to fight off any virus or disease t…

Whether it chooses to take sides or not, the Caribbean is about to find itself swept up into the now almost inevitable superpower confrontation between the United States and China.

This week my home state marks the passing of a hometown legend and national hero. Hero and legend are words that get thrown around a lot, but are the words that most apply to the legacy and the man, Congressman John Lewis.

This is an election year, so we can expect a fresh round of China-bashing. American politicians love to use China as a punching bag; it never stops, really, but the trend accelerates when candidates are running for office.

A week ago, the government of The Bahamas took an unprecedented decision. It decided to ban the entry of visitors from what is by far and away its major tourism market, the United States. The reason, Prime Minster Hubert Minnis said, was because of a spike in imported cases of COVID-19 follo…

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As a person of color, I feel embarrassed and ashamed that I did not know what the term Juneteenth meant. I did not know the significance or meaning of it. I must thank President Donald Trump for providing this awakening — the postponement of his Tulsa rally — for the motivation to research t…

It’s mid-spring and hotel rooms are usually filled with well-heeled travelers, and downtown Charlotte Amalie is heaving with visitors strolling the alleyways and cobblestone sidewalks looking for a bargain.

As the United Kingdom confronts the issue of racism in British society and the country’s longstanding problem of injustice toward people of African descent, it should not be forgotten that the people of the British Virgin Islands are also victims of Britain’s dark legacy of slavery and colonialism.

They say you can never fully appreciate a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. I never met the late Conrad Francois II, known to his friends as Ricky. But as the director of today’s Virgin Islands Housing Authority, I have walked a mile or few in Mr. Francois’ footsteps, and I think …

On July 4, the opposition Partido Revolucionario Moderno (PRM) swept to power in the Dominican Republic, handing Luis Abinader the presidency and control of both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. In winning he ended the Partido Liberacion Dominicana’s (PLD) 16 years in power.

A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the U.S. preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and massive unemployment, “its competitors are moving to fill the vacuum, and quickly.”

Last month a bill was introduced into the U.S. Senate by three Republican senators. In part, it proposes that nations contracting with Cuba to receive medical support be designated as engaged in “human trafficking.”

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