Senators, thanks for nothing
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Kudos to our V.I. senators. It is about time that we applaud our senators for taking their time and our money to make some badly needed and long anticipated decisions during their session Sept. 27.
For those of us who have missed the issue of the Daily News, I am happy to report that legislation, sponsored by Sen. Donald Cole, has made the Queen Conch shell the official sea shell of the Virgin Islands.
But the senators did not adjourn their session after such a difficult decision. They went on to pass a measure that names the Julie Mango the "Fruit of Choice" of the Virgin Islands and, if this is not good enough, the legislation directs the University of the Virgin Islands to host annual workshops on mango production and marketing. It also requires the Department of Agriculture to set aside acreage and to implement a "Julie Mango in Every Yard" program, along with a purchasing program that buys from participants a percentage of their Julie Mango harvest.
I can only hope that Julie Mango is still alive to earn some money from her invention.
Some of us might criticize our senators for their contribution to boost our economy. After all, we need every penny and mango to put us on the map as an export nation. I can visualize millions of Julie Mango trees all over our islands.
We could plant one or more of these trees in our potholes.
During their harvest season, we can have a Julie Mango queen and hundreds of cruise ships landing on our shores.
Senators, please do not stop coming up with your ingenious ideas to solve our economic crisis.
- Andreas Tietje, St. Thomas