Editor’s Note: Mariel Blake, a part-time St. Thomas resident, writes from Winterville, Ga.
400 years ago, in August 1619, the first ship with slaves destined for the United States arrived in what was then the colony of Virginia. But the cruel history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade begins much earlier and goes on much longer — an astonishing 350 years.
Without a doubt, poetry is the first literary light that illuminates the dialectics around modern Virgin Islands literature, but it’s the narrative — the story — that shifts the discourse leading us directly into that light where straight talk occurs in the frank and engaging fiction of many…
I may have missed it, but since when is it permitted to build a nine-story building in the Virgin Islands (“Finances set for territory’s tallest building,” The Daily News, Aug. 10, 2019)? And is that a good idea?
Editor’s Note: The board members and staff of the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park have released their position statement on Caneel Bay Resort, which has been closed since hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the islands in September 2017. Following is the full text.
It’s funny how paying off a community debt makes you feel better. Hearing — for the first time in years — that the government bill to the Water and Power Authority has been paid in full has made Virgin Islanders smile.
Students, teachers and Virgin Islanders all have that familiar, queasy feeling in the pit of their stomachs. The not-surprising news about Charlotte Amalie High School is clear: It is neither safe nor ready for anyone.
Democracy’s premise is that ordinary citizens can make solid decisions on complex issues. But this basic principle and the structure of laws and practices erected over the centuries to safeguard it are being questioned as rarely before.
Back in the day, when your house got cluttered with useless junk, you had a tag sale. All the stuff you weren’t using came out and was sold for a price. You cleared out old junk and brought in a few bucks. There was a feeling of satisfaction after the big clean-out.
The V.I. government leadership knows how to teach. They are experienced in delivering a single, indelible lesson that will shape V.I. children’s self-esteem.
Editor’s Note: This letter is written by Kent E. Bernier Sr. as a concerned citizen and not as a member of the Public Services Commission. He alone is responsible for the ideas stated.
It was just supposed to be a routine trip to the store. Everything was going fine until I was on my way out. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a young white male. I see young white guys all the time. Who doesn’t? This is America.
Editor’s Note: This is the last of a four-part series about the St. Croix Hiking Association’s recent trip to the Blue Mountain Wilderness Retreat, a rural area of Jamaica. Part 3 was published on Saturday, July 27; Part 2 on Wednesday, July 24; and Part 1 on Saturday, July 20.
Knowing a new air conditioning system is a few months away from completion at King Airport on St. Thomas didn’t tame the comments from the crowd of hundreds of grumbling travelers on a recent busy Saturday.
The St. Croix Chamber of Commerce has compiled results from a recent survey sent to Chamber Members and the U.S. Virgin Islands community at large related to WAPA electrical service and rates.
The St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce has had the opportunity to meet with Water and Power Authority executives a number of times over the past months to learn more about the utility’s short-term and long-range plans to improve service reliability and reduce costs to residents.
Editor’s Note: This is Part 3 of a four-part series about the St. Croix Hiking Association’s recent trip to the Blue Mountain Wilderness Retreat, a rural area of Jamaica. Part 2 was published on Wednesday, July 24, and Part 1 appeared on Saturday, July 20.
Moping wasn’t really allowed in my house when I was growing up. My parents weren’t oblivious or uncaring about our feelings. They were very nurturing people who were quick to try and soothe their daughters’ woes with hugs and kind words. You were absolutely allowed to feel how you felt in ou…