Sometimes affirmation must come from an outside source for residents to see their government and community leaders for what they are. Very often in the Virgin Islands such change is prompted by the arrival of new businesses, and the manner in how they get here.

Editor’s Note: Justice Stephen Breyer will retire from the U.S. Supreme Court in June. Here’s some of his most famous quotes:

A year ago yesterday, President Biden was inaugurated, after pledging to follow “science and truth” when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, as well as other public health and environmental emergencies. His record is already better than that of his predecessor, but there …

The news that a juror in Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial apparently failed to disclose that he was a victim of sexual abuse might be stunning, but as a legal matter it’s likely to blow over. Courts hesitate to delve into jury deliberations, and defendants who plead juror misconduct hardly ever win…

Conservative justices on the Supreme Court appeared to signal a belief that the Biden administration may have overreached in ordering private companies to require that staff be vaccinated or subject to regular testing. But a separate requirement that health care workers at institutions recei…

The year 2021 was a tough — a long, bone-tiring, mind-numbing affair dealing with COVID-induced anxiety, disruptions, shortages, inflation, social isolation and political polarization over public health measures. A new year is upon us and we all hope for better. In the meantime, here’s a pre…

The U.S. Virgin Islands is a popular tourist destination in the Caribbean, featuring stunningly beautiful beaches, quaint colonial Danish architecture, hospitable people and does not require a passport for Americans. Thanks to high air connectivity, and being a fixture on the cruise ship por…

What is behind recent pessimistic appraisals of democracy’s future, from Hillary Clinton, Adam Schiff, Brian Williams and other elite intellectuals, media personalities, and politicians on the Left? Some are warning about its possible erosion in 2024. Others predict democracy’s downturn as e…

Where else but in the Virgin Islands can high-level staff feel comfortable enough to propose making an illegal procedure legal as a cure-all?

Unfortunately, corruption of public funds is perceived in the Virgin Islands as commonplace. And while we can’t paint everyone with a broad brush, the misuse and downright thievery of helping oneself to hard earned tax dollars is brought to light over and over after the fact. Sad to say, no …

On Sept. 8, The Daily News questioned the Bryan Administration’s reluctance to require visitors to the territory to be vaccinated. Government House spokesman Richard Motta responded by stating “it is a challenge being able to validate vaccination records for vaccines administered outside of …

Sen. Milton Potter, chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethical Conduct, claimed in a press release earlier this week that “Rules of the 34th Legislature” prohibit him and his colleagues from conducting a transparent investigation of Sen. Marvin Blyden’s admission that he violated a COVID-19…

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is expected to announce the lifting of more of his COVID restrictions on Monday. While this is welcome news for V.I. businesses that have managed to keep their doors open, it’s way too late for the many forced to shut down permanently.

For the soon to come conclusion of a hurricane season with no tropical storm disasters. We suffered terribly from the catastrophic storms in 2017, as we did from similar devastations in 1995 and 1989 and in earlier years. Our losses taught us that in this place, from June 1 through November …

Thank you, all first responders, servicemen and service women who sacrifice self for the people.

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Virgin Islands public has a few suggestions for our elected officials who are planning government festivities. And, without trying to sound like Ebenezer Scrooge, we hope the ghosts of Christmas past will not appear in the present.

Two days ago, the V. I. Economic Development Commission (EDC) approved a retroactive extension of the suspension of tax benefits for CBI Acquisitions, the operator of Caneel Bay Resort whose occupancy expires on Sept. 30, 2023.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the 2020 Census population and housing unit counts for the U.S. Virgin Islands. The data indicates a sharp decline in population from the 2010 Census — from 106,405 to 87,146, a drop of 18.1%.

In mid-November, a little noticed virtual meeting took place. It considered in the round the security threats that the Caribbean will face in future. It pointed not just to the obvious in the form of the enemy within — those involved in criminality, organized crime, and corruption — but cons…

Withholding Sen. Marvin Blyden’s response to the Legislature’s Ethics Committee is unfair and disrespectful to Senator Blyden and to the public.

Last week, The Daily News published a story highlighting V.I. Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt’s latest report exposing 15 government employees who have cost GERS millions of dollars by receiving both government pensions and government salaries in violation of V.I. law. These “double …

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