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My Millenium Wish List for the Virgin Islands
by Carmelo Rivera

     No one asked me what I wanted for the new millenium, but I secretly made a wish list anyway. After all, it's the season to part with the old and make new plans, wish lists and to dream about what we would like to see in the new millenium. Well, here is my merry wish list of items for the Virgin Islands. It is my profound wish that the new millenium bestows these modest gifts upon all our residents.
     
     1. BUSINESS GROWTH AND PROSPERITY
     * An exciting era of unprecedented business growth with abundant opportunities for our graduates and skilled in the private sector.
     * Smart economic development policies that attract technology companies and long-term investments.
     * A truly diversified economy that embraces the new technologies.
     * Thriving aquaculture and hydroponics industries.
     * Employers that inspire productivity, satisfaction and happiness in the workplace.
     * That every resident enjoys the benefits of economic prosperity.
     
     2. EDUCATION ADVANCEMENT AND REFORM
     * An era where our teachers and educators are valued, respected, encouraged and paid well to pursue their vocations with honor, dignity, and without outside instigation.
     * An era of ample resources to modernize our schools and to convert them into innovative centers of learning and human development and advancement.
     * Schools with Internet access and online classes for every student.
     * A St. Croix Educational Complex renamed and reinvented as the School of Commerce and Applied Technology with ample resources and the active participation of private industry--a pleasant place where students of all ages explore careers and gain confidence and tremendous pride in themselves.
     * Absence of illiteracy and an interconnected community of learners with a computer in every home.
     * That the University expands and creates a model Business and Technological Institute that will benefit our present and future workforce.
     * A refreshing approach to education that helps our students to achieve the highest scores on national tests and qualify for the finest universities of the nation.
     
     3. REINVENTED GOVERNMENT
     * A high-performance government driven by technology, commitment, ethics, and the highest ideals of democratic governance.
     * A lean government staffed with our finest, brightest and most dedicated public servants.
     * A vibrant and intelligent government that is business-friendly and customer driven.
     * A government of integrated and interconnected agencies that are efficient and resourceful.
     * A government lead by enlightened leaders and skilled administrators that make sound decisions based on knowledge.
     * A disciplined and fiscally solvent government.
     
     4. RELIABLE AND MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE
     * World-class telecommunications, reliable electrical systems, paved roads, clean water systems, and modern conveniences.
     * A magnificent super-port adjacent to an expanded Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport directly linking us to the world's major metropolitan centers.
     * An upgraded and expanded St. Thomas harbor & waterfront.
     * Beautifully refurbished and rebuilt towns thriving with new life and economic activity.
     * A well-prepared & disaster proof community.
     
     5. QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE
     * Modern hospitals and health care facilities with the best of staffing, medicine and hi-tech equipment.
     * Healthier and longer life spans.
     
     6. PRECIOUS ENVIRONMENT
     * Flowers, palm trees and beautiful landscaping everywhere.
     * Clean streets and beaches, and the absence of sewage, garbage and pollution in our shores and land.
     * An intelligent balance of nature and economic growth and development.
     * Extensive use of recycling technologies and products.
     
     7. IMPROVED NEIGHBORHOODS AND HOUSING COMMUNITIES
     * Rebuilt and landscaped housing communities where there is safety and pride of living and ownership.
     * Pleasant and safe playgrounds for children and youth.
     
     8. HAPPY, PEACEFUL AND CARING COMMUNITY
     * A friendly, safe and secure community-ideal to live and run a business.
     * Absence of crime, drugs, and all forms of violence, bigotry and degradation.
     * Mutual cooperation and respect for individual rights and differences.
     * Pleasant, honest and constructive dialogue on the airwaves.
     
     9. GENUINE FUTURISTS, VISIONARIES AND STRATEGIC PLANNERS TO PLOT OUR FUTURE
     * People who can plan and create a bright future and not mere reenactments of a dead and painful past.
     
     10. RENEWED FAITH AND RECONNECTION WITH OUR MAKER AND SPIRITUAL BEING.
     * With God, there is always a bright and glorious future.
     
     
     What is your wish?
     

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Interior Department has a mandate to assist the Virgin Islands and other Insular Areas under the American Flag.
   The Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carries out the Secretary of the Interior's responsibilities for the insular areas such as the Virgin Islands. These responsibilities include providing the insular areas with financial assistance for government operations and needed infrastructure, and providing technical assistance and advisory services. This assistance is a recognition that local tax revenues and other Federal programs are insufficient to meet the unique needs of the insular areas. The Secretary's responsibilities also require coordination with other Federal agencies to develop insular policy positions and to enunciate the Administration's position in discussions with the Congress and the insular governments.
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DELEGATE CHRISTENSEN CONGRATULATES ENVIRONMENTALIST OLASEE DAVIS
   Olasee Davis, a part-time professor in natural science at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Croix was nominated by Delegate Christensen, and was selected over candidates from New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico for his extensive work in environmental education in the Virgin Islands.
  
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My Millenium Wish List for the Virgin Islands
   Thinkng about the future of the Virgin Islands? This article contains ten major items this writer wishes for the US Virgin Islands in the new millenium. Among these are--Business growth and prosperity; Education advancement and reform; Reinvented government; Reliable and modern infrastructure; Quality and affordable healthcare; Precious environment; Improved neighborhoods and housing communities; Happy, peaceful and caring community; Genuine futurists, visionaries and strategic planners to plot our future; and Renewed faith and reconnection with our maker and spiritual being. What's on your wish list?
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SOCIAL SECURITY FILES--Y2K CONCERN SAYS ONE OF OUR VIBUSINESS READERS
   One of our concerned readers claims to have been informed that because of the sheer size of the Social Security Administration this agency is no where near ready for Y2K. She urges everyone to get a copy of their earnings and pay out records. (Note: We normally do not publish these types of letters, but this one certainly had an important public reminder that we thought merited publication).
  
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Every Resident Should Actively Support Beal Aerospace Project For St. Croix. This is an Extraordinary Opportunity!
   According to Lt. Governor Frank Brogan, "Florida is committed to maintaining, expanding and diversifying its space industry by providing the most competitive business environment possible."
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Improved Christmas Festival and Effective Advertising Can keep Delta and Other Airlines Coming to St. Croix Carmelo Rivera is a licensed Management and HR Consultant.
   To keep Delta and other commercial airlines flying to St. Croix beyond 1999 does not take much imagination--just improve the St. Croix Festival and tourism product. Give tourists good reasons to come here. Thousands and thousands of people could flock through our new airport for a well-earned holiday break and escape from the northern winter. Our Festival can be the economic booster to rekindle the St. Croix entertainment and cultural tourism economy.
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