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Charlotte Amalie
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True Representation for St. John

Dear Source:
I read Harry Daniel's issue with our Elections Board's "St. Thomas-St. John" voting results with one final conclusion: This is yet another perfect example of why St. John must be autonomous from St. Thomas on so many issues. I spent the morning outside Guy Benjamin School the day of the Constitutional Convention election and it was incredibly clear that most people who came out to vote were very confused about how and who to vote for. The common question I heard "Who are these people? Why do we not have people who we know from St. John for us on St. John to choose to represent our needs?"
Again-St. Johnians feel like they have little to no representation. It is long past the time where St. John must have it's own voice-and move away from this St. Thomas-St. John fusion. It does not work!
I certainly hope that our Delegates who have the awesome and important responsibility of looking at the Organic Act and it's impact on how we better govern ourselves in our Democracy-realize how important an issue this is. Each of our Islands is unique in the problems we have as well as the solutions needed to resolve them. Each Island must have much more say- internally. This can only be done through Municipal Government. Government trust is at an all-time low in these Islands. The way to solve that is to allow the people of each Island to have a stronger say in how their Island governs itself.
Bonny Corbeil
St. John

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Dear Source:
I read Harry Daniel's issue with our Elections Board's "St. Thomas-St. John" voting results with one final conclusion: This is yet another perfect example of why St. John must be autonomous from St. Thomas on so many issues. I spent the morning outside Guy Benjamin School the day of the Constitutional Convention election and it was incredibly clear that most people who came out to vote were very confused about how and who to vote for. The common question I heard "Who are these people? Why do we not have people who we know from St. John for us on St. John to choose to represent our needs?"
Again-St. Johnians feel like they have little to no representation. It is long past the time where St. John must have it's own voice-and move away from this St. Thomas-St. John fusion. It does not work!
I certainly hope that our Delegates who have the awesome and important responsibility of looking at the Organic Act and it's impact on how we better govern ourselves in our Democracy-realize how important an issue this is. Each of our Islands is unique in the problems we have as well as the solutions needed to resolve them. Each Island must have much more say- internally. This can only be done through Municipal Government. Government trust is at an all-time low in these Islands. The way to solve that is to allow the people of each Island to have a stronger say in how their Island governs itself.
Bonny Corbeil
St. John

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.