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Charlotte Amalie
Monday, January 30, 2023
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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAMPAIGN PROMISES?

Every year during the Virgin Islands elections we hear the same promises for change. I was one of those people that fell for the rhetoric and voted for the Turnbull/James team in September. However, the T/J/ team has left a lot to be desired after a full month in office.
Dr. Turnbull declared during his campaign "I will send all the retirees home and hire young people with fresh, new ideas!", but I am still waiting for these hirings to take
place. I have left the V.I. with no plans to return, so I am not politicking for a job for myself. However, there are many young educated people in the territory that could help turn that government around.
Unfortunately, the only people I have seen hired so far are the old Democratic cronies, who are the one's mainly responsible for the sorry the state the V.I. is currently in. Iver Stridiron, Juel Molloy, Rudy Krigger, etc.; these are the people with the "fresh ideas" you referred to?
In addition, there are still the old Schneider-Mapp cronies that were kept on the payroll. Governor Turnbull, when you compose your proposed list of retirees still on the government payroll to be sent home I hope the previously mentioned people are at the top of it.
I also hope your first month in office is not a sign of future things to come during your administration. You and Lt. Governor James should be ashamed of yourselves, you have not even held office for a month and you already are breaking your campaign promises. You seem to think that cutting the V.I. Government's payroll is the answer to all the woes of the territory, but I hope there is some plan in place to help the people that are not at retirement age to find alternate employment. Because the government will pay either way, whether it is payroll or unemployment and welfare. Only one month has gone, so you still have time to get your act together; the people of the V.I. are counting on you, don't let them down.
A.J. Bonelli

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