MPepco replied to the topic The first ninety days sets the bar for expectation in the forum Government Management 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Justin, your articles rarely point fingers but you leave it to your readers to fill in what you do not say. Nothing you write in this article is necessarily specific to the Virgin Islands but I sense that the recent change in government was not far from your mind. Before the elections I heard a few friends talk about the need for change and that…[Read more]
MPepco replied to the topic VI pride and Pride in the VI should be combined: for the island's sake in the forum Environment 1 year ago
There is an article by Darlan Brin I just read on the site about Magens Bay. The environmental problem he addresses is less obvious but the Magen’s Bay watershed run-off is destroying one of the island’s major environmental attractions. Magens needs to be protected at all cost. The guys who work at the beach are really trying to do a good job…[Read more]
We have the opportunity to elect individuals who will do a better job. The real question is whether we will show that we really want change. Seems to me that when you say one thing and vote differently you can’t really say you want things to change. Putting the same individuals back into positions of leadership indicates that there really isn’t a…[Read more]
MPepco replied to the topic SBA Disaster Lending is not the Disaster Assistance Expected in the forum General Discussion 1 year, 2 months ago
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing your experience.
After the hurricanes there was so much attention put on making sure everyone filled out FEMA/SBA applications and now we are learning twelve months later that the process as well as the amount of available assistance is not what the level of expectation was.
MPepco replied to the topic Community Leadership and Making the Most of Changing Times in the forum Economy 1 year, 3 months ago
Signed on this morning expecting to see some comment on the refinery agreement. Hhope that reopening of the refinery produces what the newspapers report. My business will do well.
However, I do wonder how the legislature went about evaluating the proposal. Does it have people on staff who know about refinery operations and oil markets or…[Read more]
MPepco started the topic Its election season and promises, projects and money are flowing in the forum Politics: 2018 Election 1 year, 4 months ago
Politicians see us for the fools they think we are. And, by electing them, despite our knowing that there is a real difference between what they promise during a campaign and what they do once elected, proves that we are the fools they think we are.
All across the country and more here in the Virgin Islands the newspapers tell of promised new…[Read more]
There is an article in the VI Consortium that credits information from one of the federal government units, which suggest that Virgin Island employment dropped by about 4,500 individuals post the hurricanes. Employment is not population though there is a correlation. The inability to find work and address living requirements may result in…[Read more]
The Caribbean has always skewed toward Latino machismo. This expresses itself by some guy believing he is more the alpha male by attacking the another person’s sexuality. Some church groups contribute to this by interpreting biblical passages in ways that justify this behavior.
I read that some African leaders, egged on by hyper religious groups,…[Read more]
Hey Sydney, I hear you on this. Sitting through the storm is bad but the aftermath of no electricity and the disruption to normal life is awful.
Powerful storms will be a reality until the world gets its act together and addresses climate change. This isn’t going to happen quickly, easily or cheaply and there is a need for educating people…[Read more]
Do I have to live on the island five-years before what I say is taken seriously? If you stayed through a category five storm, much less two, and the recovery, you’ve earned your props.
Socializing between communities on the island isn’t as easy as it would seem given the size of the island. Work does allow meeting different people. Few of these…[Read more]
MPepco replied to the topic Culture for Sale? Department of Tourism vs. Carnival Committee in the forum Arts & Culture 1 year, 6 months ago
Not sure we need more government involvement in what goes on here in the Virgin Islands. Personally, I think we depend too much on the government. Non-profits or private companies can do a whole lot better. However, if the government is committing funds it should have oversight of the funds committed.
I think the problem is that the…[Read more]