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.
Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a three-part series on Johnny Tranberg, a native of St. Croix who died on Aug. 22, 2019, at the age of 103. Part 1 was published on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
It is with hesitation that I write this letter, but something has to be said. I have lived here now for approximately a year with my husband. We love St. Thomas. We love the people first, the island and ocean second. After visiting here every year for 28 years, we understand what it takes to…
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.
Recently, a story was shared with me. It seems that several years ago, a very well-known, prominent personality in the community found themselves riding in a safari.
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.
Sometimes, you wonder if the world is doomed to descend into autocracy. Certainly, that’s what the coverage of the past few years suggests what with its focus on places like Russia and Hungary.
Editor’s Note: Following is a statement British Virgin Islands Gov. Augustus Jaspert issued Tuesday on Tropical Storm Dorian and the Atlantic hurricane season.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.