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.

Two more Virgin Islanders have joined a very special group. The Virgin Islands Hero Society saw two men save the life of a child.

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.

Out in the wide blue ocean where the warm breezes blow was the island of Tufterville, where the Tufters lived.

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.

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.

It’s good news that official discussions about the conditions at Vendors’ Plaza on St. Thomas have begun.

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.

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.

Ryan Nelthropp, Chairman of the Board, St. Croix Chamber of Commerce

Sebastiano Paiewonsky Cassinelli, President, St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce

Scary news for the Virgin Islands, in that the Federal Aviation Administration threatened to shut down King Airport on St. Thomas unless immediate changes were made.

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…

Having an extra cruise ship unexpectedly call on St. Thomas is a good thing. However, one such recent bonus visit was the cause of a tussle between the Crown Bay and Havensight docks.

Do you ever wonder what thieves in the Virgin Islands are thinking?

Fish Dunn Falls is tucked away in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, providing a refreshing dip for tired hikers.

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