Just wanted to praise you and your staff on the great articles pertaining to the Islands.
However, I am not surprised that the same items that have plagued the government prior to my departure 38 years ago (how time flies) still applies.
I enjoy reading about some of the people I knew but had lost contact with (Miss. Ruth Thomas-a former teacher, Elmo Roebuck-former vocational teacher).
I can also identify with the rudeness and racial events mentioned by some of your readers as I have had first hand experience with it on the island during one of my visits.
I had a cup of water and ice thrown on me in McDonalds while eating lunch with my youngest son, who is of Indian descent, and the only assistance I got from the employees was when I asked for the manager who did not even apologize to me.
They were all willing to give me the individual's address.
Here in the NW (Oregon) we have the Safeway grocery chain, and their friendliness wears thin, but all employees say hello, how are you, can I help.
Maybe they would be willing to have a class on proper salesmanship. It would not hurt. As a third generation St.Thomian (and still proud of it) of Danish heritage, I hope the people of the islands wake up and realize there isn't much survival without the tourist, and the racial attitudes and rudeness will only hinder the future of the beautiful Virgin Islands.
Keep up the good work, you have one of the better web sites.
Edward M. Elkins, McMinnville, Oregon
ANOTHER TALE OF RUDENESS
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