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stcmike
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I must admit I was taken  back by the large percentage of citizens that have left the VI. A reduction of 18% of the citizenry of the islands is very alarming. When a population leaves because they see better employment opportunities, better healthcare, safer environment, affordability and better educational opportunities its time for local officials to wake up and start addressing the crisis that is right before our eyes. The loss of population means less federal funding on programs based on population criteria, loss of potential tax revenue and causes just a allot of despair. Who is left here? Just people who don't have the opportunity to relocate? What do we need to do to stem the population outflow?

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Topic starter Posted : November 2, 2021 2:15 pm
CruzanIron
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Posted by: @stcmike

I must admit I was taken  back by the large percentage of citizens that have left the VI. A reduction of 18% of the citizenry of the islands is very alarming. When a population leaves because they see better employment opportunities, better healthcare, safer environment, affordability and better educational opportunities its time for local officials to wake up and start addressing the crisis that is right before our eyes. The loss of population means less federal funding on programs based on population criteria, loss of potential tax revenue and causes just a allot of despair. Who is left here? Just people who don't have the opportunity to relocate? What do we need to do to stem the population outflow?

Hovensa closed. 1,000 employees left and took their families with them. Businesses and schools closed.  Quite a few of them went to the  mainland also. This does not account for all of the loss but it certainly contributed to it. 

 

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Posted : November 2, 2021 2:40 pm
daveb722
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Or was it just under counted?  It happened right during the freak out of covid.  They stopped by my house, taped a piece of paper to a post by the road (stating they would be back). Why they didn't just knock on the door then and do it, I have no idea. They came back a few weeks later, and if the dogs didn't bark, I wouldn't have known they were even here as they didn't come to the door and were waiting in their cars, that were not marked with anything identifying who they were with.  I'm sure this happened to 10-15% of the population, who sat home and never answered their door and were never counted.  What gets me, why they weren't able to do it online as you can do in the states?  There should be no reason that this couldn't have been set up.  But alas we are in the USVI so maybe next census?

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Posted : November 2, 2021 4:24 pm
vicanuck
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That's so interesting...my post on this topic from yesterday has been deleted.

I guess Islander didn't like what I had to say about WAPA, etc.

Censoring the truth doesn't make it any less true.

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Posted : November 4, 2021 8:11 am
jaldeborgh
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The hurricanes of 2017 must be a factor and to some degree the refinery but crime, availability of good healthcare, lack of opportunity for young people along with the cost of living are the systemic root cause.  Most or all of these systemic problems are addressable to some degree but our leadership lacks the resolve to tackle them and lack of money isn’t the issue, it’s an excuse.

There are many comments in the various media outlets saying the numbers are wrong, that the count was inaccurate.  I for one don’t accept this, the entire nation was covered by the census and the total US population didn’t drop by 18%.

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Posted : November 4, 2021 6:09 pm
Ca. Dreamers
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@vicanuck They deleted my post also. Would like to know why?

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Posted : November 5, 2021 9:00 am
vicanuck
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Posted by: @ca-dreamers

@vicanuck They deleted my post also. Would like to know why?

I guess Islander doesn't want us presenting the reality of the VI to prospective new residents.

Hey Islander...what say you?

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Posted : November 5, 2021 9:35 am
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Knowlesstak
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Man wish I would have read it before the censorship took place. 

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Posted : November 5, 2021 5:45 pm
stjohnjulie
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My post is missing as well.  

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Posted : November 6, 2021 4:00 am
STTsailor
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Thats why i stooped posting. This website has been dying slow death for a number of years. Blame it of Facebook. 

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Posted : November 9, 2021 3:20 pm
speee1dy
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@daveb722 this is true-they came and spoke with us briefly but never talked to the downstairs neighbors. people dont realize or care that the population count affects the federal budget we are allocated 

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Posted : November 11, 2021 9:46 am
daveb722
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@STTsailor I agree but FB sucks for information unless you need something/person on island, there's not a lot of good insight to moving here and what that entails.  Either they need to pay for some FB advertising to get more people on here.

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Posted : November 11, 2021 3:30 pm
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