swilliams replied to the topic On the Power of Planning for the Really, Really Long Term in the forum Economic Development 2 months ago
This is really interesting.
First, I applaud the Navajo for the foresight and political will to implement this policy decades ago and not spend the money in the interim.
Second, its impressive that a group, not members of the tribe, were able to sell the idea.
Third, what if we did something similar here in the VI?
We do not have natural…[Read more]
My decision to return to the Virgin Islands was in part a function of the more relaxed life style than is associated with other mainland communities. Decidedly the natural beauty and weather were the primary attractions.
Little did I expect that these islands would be in the front line of environmental change brought about by a warming planet.…[Read more]
swilliams started the topic David Jessop's– The potentially destabilising effect of demographic change in the forum Other Communities 1 year ago
I read this article and wanted to share it. Written by David Jessop, it appeared in the Daily News and I traced its osurce to https://www.caribbean-council.org/potentially-destabilising-effect-demographic-change/
It is worth your read.
Last month, Moody’s, the credit rating agency, published a report that indicated the p…[Read more]
swilliams replied to the topic MANAGEMENT OF WATERSHED TO PROTECT MAGENS BAY AND RELATED ECOSYSTEMS in the forum Environment 1 year, 1 month ago
What an interesting piece. Magens still hasn’t recovered from the storms and now I have a better understanding of why not. I am assuming many of our beaches are being similarly damaged. Every week I see notices of beaches not safe for swimming and never really understood what was causing the problem. Thanks, Mr. Brin. This is the type of…[Read more]
How did I miss this, post? It’s a good civics lesson on one of the main responsibilities legislators have to their constituents. Thank you, Justin.
Not sure why there is any surprise here. From what I am told, our legislators through the years have all done the same thing… different situations same process, same result. A waste of time…[Read more]
swilliams 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, 3 months ago
Duryan, you are so right. You see the garbage strewn around and you wonder what folk are thinking. Much of what we have to offer those who live as well as visit is the natural beauty. As a community we need more involvement of the type you describe.
Saw a FaceBook video of some clean up on the hill steps on St. Thomas. Some volunteers were…[Read more]
My parents placed a high premium on making me a resident of the world. They urged me to learn of other places, visit them and take away from each something that would change the way I looked at life and contribute to bettering the community I eventually chose to live in.
My avatar speaks to the extensiveness of my travel experiences.
I haven’t traveled much in the Caribbean, however, I have traveled throughout Europe and know that even small towns have statutes as well as streets and public squares that commemorate the accomplishments of residents and citizens.
A trip I made to Germany opened my ideas to the importance of keeping today’s generation aware of the positives…[Read more]
I am told of embezzlement at government agencies where there is no prosecution and the individuals are allowed to repay and loose their position with no other consequence; where elected officials create wealth for themselves or friends; where government boards ignore professional advice and make decisions that favor special interest groups to…[Read more]
Wow, Amaziah. Hadn’t thought of this until you raised it. We really have no insight into what the impact of the storms were on the business sector. if we had employment data on employment it would offer a window into how the private sector is recovering or not. I do see a lot of advertising for government jobs in the newspaper. Justin, the…[Read more]
The issue is accountability and one of the other forums talks about the lack of this in many employment situations, particularly the government. When individuals believe that they can continue to keep their jobs regardless of how they perform or handle customers this is the result. Yes it is important that individuals like what they do and care…[Read more]
Because so many people work for government or look to the government for contracts and those in power view comments that ask them to be accountable as a challenge, few people say what they really think. Even if you’re not involved in government maybe someone in your family is.
A year or so ago the business community rallied against the…[Read more]
How does the pubic safety system not know who the perpetrators are of this gun violence, and if it knows and chooses not to do something about it, some folk are really dissing their community.
We live on islands. You don’t just drive down a highway to move between communities. Gunns have to be brought in, probably by boat rather than…[Read more]
The article on environmental resilience for a better community and tourism product appears in the Archive section of the site. The author gives an example of a Philippine community that is incorporating land use to stave off the impact of climate change and natural disasters on the community and the local tourism product. Interesting how w…[Read more]
George, two people are thinking about where do they commit to living the next five-years of their life. The first is someone who grew up in the VI, went away to school or the military and has returned and is now two years back on island. The second person is someone who grew up elsewhere, not necessarily in a big mainland city and moved to the…[Read more]
In yesterday’s newspaper I read that the Governor vetoed legislation designed to give DPNR and a new unit of Government, a ‘Committee for the Preservation of Government Collections’, the coordination you comments suggest is important. The initiative centered around the much discussed issue of the well being of historical and valuable artifacts…[Read more]
Hello Amaziah. Was feeling lonely hanging out here on my own. Check in regularly. Glad you’re now on the site as well. I hope VI Cap publicizes the platform. I agree with you that the forum offers something different and potentially valuable to those of us living in the Vi and concerned about its future. Have mentioned it to a few friends who…[Read more]
I have heard friends talk about a Vienna Cake whose taste is to die for. Those in the know seem to have connections to one or two people who specialize in this pastry art, mostly older family friends. St. Croix seems to always com up in conversation when I ask where one finds someone willing to produce this item. Much of what I have been…[Read more]
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