St. Croix is approaching complete shutdown. The governor and Democratic Party have missed another deadline for closing the St. Croix landfill. Promises remain unfulfilled, commitments dishonored, warnings ignored as the administration moves ever closer to complete disaster.
Prospective investors shudder when they hear that the St. Croix's Airport will close because the untreated landfill poses hazards to arriving and departing airplanes. More than 80 private businesses have shut their doors on St. Croix, cruise ships have abandoned Frederiksted, and now the only link to trade and tourism, survival itself, is threatened.
St. Croix should not be considered a Third World country. The Virgin Islands is favored by a federal government willing to support worthy and efficiently implemented endeavors. The territory's current Democratic administration has ignored and continues to ignore the benefits offered by this unique position. Inefficient "leaders" cannot see beyond haggling and are eroded public trust.
This same governor promised to do everything in his power to revive the economy of St. Croix. He is photographic in the courtyards of crumbling schools smiling at children whose future is in jeopardy. This ineffectual posturing on behalf of the Democratic Party is a travesty. No media opportunity can polish the image of political leaders while smoldering garbage and overflowing sewage eat away at the lifeline of St. Croix.
James M. Oliver
Chair, Republican Party of the Virgin Islands
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