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SENATORS MUST FACE OFF TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE

The U.S. House of Representatives’ approval of a bill that will allow the V.I. Legislature to determine how many members it should have is a step in the right direction. But it is only one step.
If the U.S. Senate passes the bill, as it is expected to do, the next move needs to be a change in the way we elect V.I. senators—by calling for numbered seats.
It is sorely obvious in the current Senate race that without numbered seats, candidates will continue to run in a popularity contest instead of a desperately needed issue-based race, where the winners can be held accountable to their positions.
The Source has offered its open forum section, at no cost, to any and all candidates who wish to address specific issues.
Sadly and tellingly, only one candidate has used the forum to address clear-cut concerns.
Until candidates are forced to face off against one another and clearly state what they stand for, we will continue to be forced to live with a sinfully high-paid, ambiguous, do-little Legislature.
And that will be true no matter how many senators we have.

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The U.S. House of Representatives’ approval of a bill that will allow the V.I. Legislature to determine how many members it should have is a step in the right direction. But it is only one step.
If the U.S. Senate passes the bill, as it is expected to do, the next move needs to be a change in the way we elect V.I. senators—by calling for numbered seats.
It is sorely obvious in the current Senate race that without numbered seats, candidates will continue to run in a popularity contest instead of a desperately needed issue-based race, where the winners can be held accountable to their positions.
The Source has offered its open forum section, at no cost, to any and all candidates who wish to address specific issues.
Sadly and tellingly, only one candidate has used the forum to address clear-cut concerns.
Until candidates are forced to face off against one another and clearly state what they stand for, we will continue to be forced to live with a sinfully high-paid, ambiguous, do-little Legislature.
And that will be true no matter how many senators we have.