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What If It Were Your Son?

Dear Source:
It is truly bewildering to me how you would make a slight reference to Jamie Cockayne's parents as "complaining that the VIPD failed to keep them updated." Apparently you are unaware of the actual circumstances in the aftermath of the horrific hate crime and murder of a U.S. citizen on the island St. John.
Not only did the police neglect to return phone calls and keep appointments for five weeks with the family, they destroyed evidence and neglected to arrest the murderers. Who soon after the crime were bragging on the streets of St. John. about their triumph.
The VIPD, politicians and the drug dealers in the islands do not want any news printed about murders committed against any one regardless of the color of their skin. Shame on you and Sen. Liston Davis for inferring that every life is not valued. The problem is the lack of resources available to others, when their loved ones are killed, and it does not make it into the national news.
Doty stated having a "crisis plan in place" thank goodness, because you wouldn't actually want to stand up against the lawlessness and everyone, including the VIPD who allow crime to continue without arrest.
No, you would rather aggressively market island destinations, instead of boycotting them until the governor actually does something to bring law and order to paradise. Thank goodness there are people such as yourself and your sales agents who lack the integrity and conscience to stand up for what is truly important, and it is not tourism.
One question, if your son were killed in paradise, would you change your priorities? Would you lobby for our tax dollars to the tune of 4.4 million dollars to establish a safe haven free of murder in the US Virgin Islands rather than for promoting tourism? I wonder.

Delia Gilligan
Aptos, California

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.

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Dear Source:
It is truly bewildering to me how you would make a slight reference to Jamie Cockayne's parents as "complaining that the VIPD failed to keep them updated." Apparently you are unaware of the actual circumstances in the aftermath of the horrific hate crime and murder of a U.S. citizen on the island St. John.
Not only did the police neglect to return phone calls and keep appointments for five weeks with the family, they destroyed evidence and neglected to arrest the murderers. Who soon after the crime were bragging on the streets of St. John. about their triumph.
The VIPD, politicians and the drug dealers in the islands do not want any news printed about murders committed against any one regardless of the color of their skin. Shame on you and Sen. Liston Davis for inferring that every life is not valued. The problem is the lack of resources available to others, when their loved ones are killed, and it does not make it into the national news.
Doty stated having a "crisis plan in place" thank goodness, because you wouldn't actually want to stand up against the lawlessness and everyone, including the VIPD who allow crime to continue without arrest.
No, you would rather aggressively market island destinations, instead of boycotting them until the governor actually does something to bring law and order to paradise. Thank goodness there are people such as yourself and your sales agents who lack the integrity and conscience to stand up for what is truly important, and it is not tourism.
One question, if your son were killed in paradise, would you change your priorities? Would you lobby for our tax dollars to the tune of 4.4 million dollars to establish a safe haven free of murder in the US Virgin Islands rather than for promoting tourism? I wonder.

Delia Gilligan
Aptos, California

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.