Today is International Peace Day. Usually it is a day focused on how we cannot have war and violence. It tends to look at this from a perspective of how the actions of a nation or political/religious group create hardships on individuals. It’s an outside-looking-in mentality that plays out o…

A community living from crisis to crisis doesn’t function well. When citizens are depleted fiscally and mentally, being worn down from the constant stress of multiple crises, a malaise develops that’s hard to shake.

For two years we had done everything we were supposed to do. We paid every bill that came and didn’t question how such charges could be accruing, given the circumstances.

To describe as “unfortunate” the appalling situation of Luis Hospital’s borrowed mobile operating room trailers being returned unused is spitting in the eye of Virgin Islanders.

Such is the revolutionary fervor of those now in charge of Britain’s government, they are testing to its democratic limits the cohesion of a country with no formal constitution.

Sad to say, but there are some people living in our community that are morally bankrupt.

The plans to clean up and refurbish Vendors’ Plaza on St. Thomas are full of wonderful changes, with the excellent goal of improving the look of the currently shabby area.

Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 of a three-part series on Johnny Tranberg, a native of St. Croix who died on Aug. 22, 2019, at the age of 103.

Today is the day. I’m sure I don’t have to tell any of you. Today is the day that Irma slammed into our islands and rearranged everything. Anyone connected to the Virgin Islands collectively held their breath as we waited to see what would emerge from the battering of this massive storm.

Recently, I was reminded by one of the Virgin Islands’ foremost historians of the reason Virgin Islanders refuse to accept less than they deserve. He simply texted me the above quote.

A reader asked me to write about the benefits of mangrove forests in the Virgin Islands. From the beginning of the islands’ geological development, mangrove forests played a major role as land builders, along with volcanic and coral reef activities that formed the landscape.

On Sept. 8, 1932, the biggest storm ever recorded in Abaco pummeled the island, destroying hundreds of homes and killing 10 people, just enough to land it on page 22 of the Sept. 9 edition of the New York Times.

Twenty years ago my friend and then-Virgin Islands Daily News editor Marilynn Bailey called me over to her car in the pick-up line at school to ask me a terrifying question.

Having just completed a six-hour disaster preparation course offered by the Salvation Army, I totally deserve an F.

Sometimes I think a Virgin Islands’ minute is really about 30 seconds long.

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…

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.

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.

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.

Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 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 1 was published on Saturday, July 20.

Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 of a four-part series.

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