November 18, 2017 3:21 pm Last modified: 12:21 pm

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A New Pier for the New Normal

Marylyn Stapleton applauds WICO’s decision to build of a new pier to handle mega cruise ships stopping in the St. Thomas harbor.

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His Christmas Wish Was to Come Home

The following is a Christmas letter written by a son to his family back home on St. Croix.

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“Tourism Is All of Us”

James F. Smith, president of Native Son Inc., believes that the rippling effects of tourism on the economy are a good thing for the community as a whole. Tourism is the foundation of the Virgin Islands economy.

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Delta Petroleum Gives Reasons to Approve Hovensa Sale

Tom Esposito, president of Delta Petroleum Group Ltd., argues that delaying a decision to ratify the agreement between ABR and Hovensa will have very negative consequences for the Virgin Islands economy.

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Save the Environment; Save Mandahl Bay

Kirk Boeger gives reasons why citizens should write their senators to stop the proposed large construction on Mandahl Bay.

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We Can Build Wealth Without Ruining Mandahl Bay

Caroline Browne points out that “In 1945, the United States gave Mandahl Salt Pond and Beach to the people of the V.I. and deeded it for educational, preservation and recreational purposes.” This original lease has been and is being corrupted.

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It's Suicide to Say No!

Bob White strongly believes that the deal to allow a takeover of Hovensa by another company is crucial to the future of St. Croix and the other Virgin Islands.

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Save Hovensa!

Barry Guilbeau writes that if the Legislature does not accept the deal to sell Hovensa to Atlantic Basin Refining, gas prices will rise, hundreds of jobs will not be created and more than $1.6 billion will not go into the V.I. Government coffers.

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Why Are Gunshots Commonplace?

Lizzy Pietri moved to St. Thomas for the peace and relaxation, but she often hears gunshots and is asking why no one seems to be doing anything about it. People have told her, “That’s just the way it is.”

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Hovensa Can be Reincarnated

Bob White wants the Senate to keep Hovensa a new kind of facility instead of abandoning “her” to become a “giant hunk of rusting steel.”

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