The People of The U.S. Virgin Islands Deserve The Same Rights As All Americans … Especially After Hurricane Irma
VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS:
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
America’s Caribbean. That is what it says on the license plates down there: U.S. Virgin Islands — America’s Caribbean.
I should know. I lived there for three years in the early 2000s and still own a condo there today.
Actually — “owned” a condo. I am lucky because it is still standing, but the surrounding building and grounds are uninhabitable.
Power, water and food are all in rationing mode. I have friends who lost their homes, cars and jobs.
Yes. Jobs. The Virgin Islands rely on tourism to survive.Without tourists, there is no work.
With no work, there is no money to buy a new car and rebuild a home.
Nearly all permanent residents are without basic human necessities.
The grocery stores, the gas stations, the hospital, the airport; all damaged and nonfunctional at the moment. It will take time to rebuild, but they need our help.
I have been very disappointed in the media coverage.
These are U.S. citizens. They are no less important than Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston or Hurricane Irma victims in Florida.
The Virgin Islands cannot be ignored and written off as just another vacation destination.
It’s unfathomable to me.
One person can make a dent, but many people can make significant change.
We must demand attention to and aid for the Virgin Islands.
— Mary Roxanne Stanfel, Lake Bluff, Illinois