I consider myself someone who pays attention to Community Events and tries to participate as much as possible. There seemed to be very little Public information on the Constitutional Convention meeting at the Westin on St. John. I saw one sign posted in Coral Bay, the day after the meeting. Since the "Senator Recall" initiative I along with many others, have realized how very important this Convention is to improve the future of our Islands.
I considered the long trip to St. Thomas so that I could be better informed. When I read that former Governor Turnbull was one of the key speakers and advocates of this Convention-I shuttered. It seems ironic that our former Governor, who has done so little in the past 8 years to improve life for Virgin Islanders and has in fact greatly harmed us with the underhanded and disrespectful manner in which he initiated and passed Bill #6905, should be in a Lead position to help us create a new Constitution. MMMmmm….Perhaps that may be one of the real reasons that the turnout has been so small.
We are all trying to figure out how to deal with this apparent "hypocrisy" facing us. I believe we need to take a deep breath and forge on. Let's get actively involved in creating a Constitution that truly addresses the weak and glaring inadequacies in our ability to have true representation "for the people, by the people". The time is ripe. Though I am not "born here", I now have much more confidence in my 20 plus years commitment to the Virgin Islands, to feel that my opinion does count and is valued. What a wonderful feeling! Consider that another great result of the so-called "failed" recall initiative.
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