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Senate: Start Working for the Good of the Community

Dear Source:
What can the public say about a team of Senators that are in office and have no ability to lead in a time of crisis? The public is watching the confused inaction of the Senate in response to the Virgin Islands fiscal catastrophe. Passing a bill to authorize borrowing the funds necessary to maintain a level of cash flow to maintain the government and then voting not to provide the basis by which this essential borrowing would be repaid? Did anyone ever mention to you that no one will "lend you money without the commitment to repay that money"? Not coming up with any type comprehensive plan to cut wasteful spending that we all know occurs? Not offering to park up some of your personal fleet of cars for appearance sake? Wasting hours of your debate criticizing The Daily News for its coverage of your secret meetings, and attacking Senator Craig Barshinger for speaking some truth about these meetings to the public?
Do any of you have the ability to lead in a crisis? While you were in your "caucus," were you doing more than eating the food that the taxpayers should not be paying for? Did you do any thinking and strategic planning at all, or were you sitting there trying to figure out how to get re-elected?

Public service is thinking about the public first. And do you really think the public is accepting your blatant attempt to circumvent the Sunshine Law? Hiding behind closed doors "so you can think" doesn’t cut it. We elect officials that should be able to think at all times, especially when the public is watching, and especially when there is a crisis. Jobs are being lost and our economy is going to take a 100 million dollar hit with the closing of Hovensa. Surely you can agree on something to suggest at this time, instead of passing meaningless legislation that can’t be put into effect? If you can’t, then gracefully step aside and let those who can think, do the job. Get back into that Legislature building we all pay for, with a brown bag lunch, and start working for the good of the citizens of this community once and for all.
Maria Ferreras
St. Thomas

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Dear Source:
What can the public say about a team of Senators that are in office and have no ability to lead in a time of crisis? The public is watching the confused inaction of the Senate in response to the Virgin Islands fiscal catastrophe. Passing a bill to authorize borrowing the funds necessary to maintain a level of cash flow to maintain the government and then voting not to provide the basis by which this essential borrowing would be repaid? Did anyone ever mention to you that no one will "lend you money without the commitment to repay that money"? Not coming up with any type comprehensive plan to cut wasteful spending that we all know occurs? Not offering to park up some of your personal fleet of cars for appearance sake? Wasting hours of your debate criticizing The Daily News for its coverage of your secret meetings, and attacking Senator Craig Barshinger for speaking some truth about these meetings to the public?
Do any of you have the ability to lead in a crisis? While you were in your "caucus," were you doing more than eating the food that the taxpayers should not be paying for? Did you do any thinking and strategic planning at all, or were you sitting there trying to figure out how to get re-elected?

Public service is thinking about the public first. And do you really think the public is accepting your blatant attempt to circumvent the Sunshine Law? Hiding behind closed doors "so you can think" doesn't cut it. We elect officials that should be able to think at all times, especially when the public is watching, and especially when there is a crisis. Jobs are being lost and our economy is going to take a 100 million dollar hit with the closing of Hovensa. Surely you can agree on something to suggest at this time, instead of passing meaningless legislation that can't be put into effect? If you can't, then gracefully step aside and let those who can think, do the job. Get back into that Legislature building we all pay for, with a brown bag lunch, and start working for the good of the citizens of this community once and for all.
Maria Ferreras
St. Thomas