Is there any such thing as a fish too small to fry? If you ask Fish and Wildlife officers, they would say, “Yes!” (And they’ve got the measurement charts and scales to prove it.) If you ask the senators, they would say, “No!” (And they’ve got the records of their discussions and decisions to…

Editor’s note: This editorial first appeared in the March 21, 1932, edition of The Daily News, and is among a compilation of editorials in “Thoughts Along the Way,” by the late co-founder of The Daily News, Ariel Melchior Sr. From time to time, we will republish some of Melchior’s editorials…

High School is never easy for anyone. But for the 2021 Virgin Islands graduating class, it’s been four years of non-stop challenges, turmoil, and so many changes and confusions that this year’s diploma is more than a certificate of completion. It is a badge of courage.

Recent testimony by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources was a reminder of the dire financial state the Virgin Islands finds itself in. This despite hundreds of millions in federal assistance being pumped annually into the territory, plus billions of dol…

Does anybody need a Pitchfork after the year we’ve had? Definitely not. COVID-19, gun violence, plummeting paychecks, and vanishing jobs have been like a sharp poke with a stick, over and over, for 15 months. Even so, certain decision-makers deserve at least a nudge with a piece of foam to b…

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett announced last week that they have been working “behind the scenes” to encourage the return of cruise ships (The Daily News, April 21, 2021). That is laudable and much needed because the ships are currently the lifeblood of the V…

Recently, a suggestion was made from Government House that the Government Employees’ Retirement System consider reinstating loans to its members. With the GERS on the verge of collapse, this suggestion borders on the ridiculous.

Pitchfork to Governor Albert Bryan Jr. who left the territory for a week for parts unknown and for reasons unknown. His PR posse sent out a press release saying only that he was “out of the territory” and Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach would be the acting governor. The fact that the governor went s…

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Please be sure to put the Virgin Islands in your GPS because the community really needs you to drop off some gifts. Several government officials, agencies and institutions may pout and issue boo hoo press releases about their gifts — but of course you always know who’s been “naughty” and who…

While it may not be the International Emmy Founders Award that his New York counterpart received last month, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. deserves recognition for his administration’s COVID-19 response.

On the facing page is an editorial we published on November 16, nearly one month ago. In that editorial, we called upon our Delegate to Congress, Stacey Plaskett, and our Governor, Albert Bryan Jr., to publicly declare their support for “an open and transparent process” and their opposition …

Another hurricane season ended yesterday, November 30, a date we greet every year with a deep sigh of relief. It’s not just because there’s little likelihood of hurricanes forming after November, it’s because we in the Virgin Islands know a thing or two about hurricanes:

Pitchforks to Gary Engle and Interior Department officials for conducting a secret meeting about Caneel Bay Resort’s future. The Interior bigwigs’ visit to St. John started openly and above board. They met with St. Johnians, Delegate to Congress Stacy Plaskett and St. John National Park repr…

Years from now, when we are telling future children and grandchildren the story of the Year 2020, we will detail the hardships, describe all the restrictions and deplore all that we have given up.

We find it more than curious, perhaps even bordering on suspicious, that two senior Department of Interior (DOI) officials traveled to St. John last week to meet with Gary Engle, the Connecticut financier whose control over Caneel Bay Resort will end in 34 months unless the DOI grants him a …

Centuries ago, you could easily recognize pirates by the patches on their eyes, the bandanas around their heads, the swords dangling from their hips and the ships they captained. They plundered and pillaged to their hearts’ content throughout the Caribbean, taking coin, gold and property rig…

Halo to Virgin Islands voters for showing a deep and abiding desire for good government. Voters last week overwhelmingly answered “yes” to the referendum question asking whether they want a 6th Constitutional Convention convened to adopt the Revised Organic Act, or some of it, as the Virgin …

Halo to Rich Nice, who is originally from St. John and is a three-time Grammy and Tony award-winning music producer, for giving women musicians a big opportunity to shine. He credits his sisters as his muses for his new compilation, “Sip & Chill,” which features 30 female artists.

A Plastic Halo to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. for lifting his ban on silverware and china dishware at restaurants. This halo is flimsy and generally undesirable — just like the knives and forks that Bryan forced diners to use as part of his misguided and ill-informed plan to limit the spread of CO…

Invisible Pitchforks to the V.I. Tourism Department and to Tourism Commissioner Joe Boschulte for either doing nothing to promote tourism or doing it in a way that’s invisible. Are there any fresh initiatives? Any innovations? Is there any outreach to potential sources of new tourists? To be…

Pitchfork to Governor Bryan and his financial team for cooking up an unconvincing debt relief plan that looks like Three-Card Monte. Their scheme is to create a new entity (just what we need, right?) that will be independent and thus untarnished by the government’s very, very, very bad reput…

Pitchfork to the Bad Policy Whisperer, whoever he-she-they might be, filling the governor’s ear with bad ideas, which are mounting up like the piles of used plastic forks and spoons at the landfill. The Whisperer must be the one to blame for the Government House absurdities like allowing use…

In picking California Sen. Kamala Harris to join the Democrats’ 2020 presidential ticket, Joe Biden has shown that, unlike the man currently holding the job he seeks, he’s not afraid of strong women.

Hours prior to V.I. senators — sitting as a Committee of the Whole — hearing conflicting details relative to a nearly $1 million contract that would have benefited a startup company co-founded by his eldest daughter, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. requested another 60-day extension to the current Sta…

Today, Virgin Islanders celebrate the 172nd anniversary of the emancipation of the enslaved peoples of the Danish West Indies. Around the world, people are now calling for equal treatment of the descendants of the enslaved Africans. Our history is full of brave men and women who fought again…

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three consecutive editorials on the V.I. government’s financial crisis.

Bryan administration vs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), St. Croix Chamber of Commerce, St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce, USVI Hotel and Tourism Association, St. Croix Hotel and Tourism Association and Virgin Islanders representing 40 restaurants and hotels territory-wide

Journalists are taught from Day One to use the code 5Ws and 1H. It stands for the key questions to ask when reporting big news: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has given the green light for Virgin Islanders to once again dine at their favorite restaurants and watering holes. Beginning Tuesday, bars and restaurants will be permitted to open their doors as part of a gradual restarting of the economy before the territory begins w…

What’s the difference between having someone (a) give you a massage, a haircut or a manicure or (b) give you a menu, put a dish of food and a drink on the table and take it all away when you’ve finished?

Nowhere on Governor Albert Bryan Jr.’s resume does it say he is an expert juggler.

The British Virgin Islands’ leaders have kept a step — no, make that a leap — ahead of many other governments in protecting the people from the COVID-19 virus.

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