Much of what Ann writes should be ignored. She lives in a place where calumny is the order of the day. The truth is that progress over the last eight years has been monumental.
I visited the V.I. eight years ago and there were big flies swarming over uncollected garbage, unpaid vendors, payless pay days for government workers, a huge deficit, no school accreditation, tourism was on the down swing, new business ventures were minimal, etc. Few people wanted to run for chief executive in the face of those daunting challenges.
Many people said to me that the present Governor was a fool to run for office in the face of all those challenges.
However, now eight years later, the territory is in a much better place. The new Governor has much to maintain and a heck of a springboard to get him off and running. I have been to the V.I many times in the last eight years and I marvel at the steady progress taking place in all aspects of live in the territory. Of course there are problems to tackle. Each new day brings new issues.
Ann calls on the supporters of the losing candidates to get behind the new Governor. Yet she cynically lashes out at those who have served so well in the last eight years. Here is a word to the wise. Ignore the Ann Clarkes of the world. More people didn't vote or voted for some one other that the new Governor. He will need to build coalitions and concensus. John is well equipped to do this and he has my best wishes that he will.
Congratulations to the new Governor.
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