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and children have access to free ecucation, can go get degrees, do whatever and come back and buy the whole island collectively, if each one did their part. Each individual is a free being and makes choices and lives with them. Most "unlucky" people are the result of one very poor choice, or a series of very poor choices. Lord knows I have made a series of poor choices, which is why I know. LOL. Manning up (or womanning up) and taking the hard road, most won't do it. Especially with an easy path laid out for them that requires minimal effort to just get by. Block the easy path, and most would take the hard one rather than do nothing.

Posted : June 30, 2011 7:34 pm
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Interesting discussion...let me add my two cents worth.

Hal Rosbach of Cane Bay Dive Shop fame is decidedly NOT a racist. I have known him for decades, from since he came to St. Croix post-Hugo as a carpenter. He may be a little rough around the edges, but that's a legacy of 'Nam.

Ivan Butcher may have been a racist at some point. Back in the good old "ole school days", the Black people he presently champions were blatantly discriminated against by "local" Black people if they happened to be immigrants from down island...the word "alien" was commonly used as a slur, and, believe it or not, it was only in 1968 that the children of tax-paying workers from "down island" were allowed into the VI Public School system...and, believe me, many shameful incidents subsequently transpired. You had your fights, name calling, and so on...I know, I was there. Ex-Governor Turnbull, at that time the Commissioner of Education, once said he would never allow "alien" children into HIS public much for Black solidarity. It was only when dating the "down island" women became commonplace that the situation became can't beat me up and date my sister too. You would think that Crucians had never heard of the Middle Passage.

I think that local Virgin Islanders need to take more pride in their environment before dictating what other people do with it. Start by cleaning up after yourselves. That way, you will be approached with due respect. Someone once wrote an article in the Avis saying that "trash is part of VI culture". Well, if that is so, how can anything be worse? Looked at in that way, the Cane Bay project may actually be an improvement.

Posted : July 1, 2011 1:48 pm
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*-) I like how some people does add their two cents and then rewrite history. So, Charles Turnbull was Commisioner of Education in 1968:S

Posted : July 1, 2011 3:16 pm
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Butcher, remember that song, "The Alien, she taught me to read and write. The Alien, she rock me to sleep at night... " Good OLD song...

Posted : July 1, 2011 3:41 pm
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