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Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, December 3, 2022
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Act No. 6905 Still a Festering Wound

Dear Source:
I have so many questions and no answers about our present Legislative Body and their position on Bill # 6905.
Why do our present sitting Senators continue to ignore the need to address the people's request to repeal Act #6905? Did those who managed to get re-elected not hear or see the outrage that has been clearly expressed and, in fact, continues to be expressed by the public?
How can they continue to ignore a Bill that was passed in such a sneaky and pitiful manner – a clear example of the worse possible behavior of elected officials – without any public input giving hefty raises to themselves and heaven knows what else?
Why isn't there more transparency and open dialog in addressing this issue once and for all?
Can our Senator's not understand that this continued refusal to deal with this issue only creates further distrust in our system of Government at a critical time when we are in great need of both unity and transparency?
How can a Senator "block" any movement of further action without the public knowing who this is and the reasons why? Is this what one would call transparency and openness?
It is so deeply disappointing to see the "game playing" continuing within this Legislative Body. Many of us had hoped that by now some kind of action would be taken!
It appears that there is more "posturing" for the next Governor position – as opposed to the focus on the work at hand. The newly elected junior Senator's are in an awkward position to take leadership in this issue. Where is the moral courage and Leadership in our senior group of Senator's in resolving this issue, once and for all, or is all hope lost that the will of the people is the work of Government?
To Senator Donastorg's credit (and possible demise as Majority President?) he has been one Senator who has championed the repeal of Act #6905 as well as more transparency in the Legislative Body.
It has been said that "Cynicism is the greatest threat to democracy"…will this issue make cynics out of those of us that believe in true Democracy?
The issue of Bill #6905 will continue to "fester" a wound of continued public distrust and outrage unless it is dealt with – openly and honestly. Which Senator will step up to the plate and truly demonstrate the respect for the people of The Virgin Islands that we so desperately deserve and need right now by dealing with the repeal of Act #6905?
Bonny Corbeil
St. John

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