The public wants to see who has stolen from us
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Senate President Ronald Russell seems to me to be a bit confused as to what the people of the Virgin Islands would like him to do regarding releasing the documents regarding the V.I. Legislature's misspending of more than $6.9 million dollars of taxpayers' money.
The public, from Day 1, has been "chomping at the bit" to see, once and for all, who has stolen from us. We want to see where public money has been used and abused. We want to see who took advances for trips never taken, and who never returned those funds. We want to see where the money went, as well as who did the right thing and who did the wrong thing.
It is our right to see these.
The year-long wait for the release of these records has only intensified the public's desire and interest in seeing what is being withheld.
The blatant attempts to stall this effort have not gone unnoticed, with Sen. Russell promising to release the documents over and over to The Daily News, and then doing nothing.
And now, the battle has gone to the courts, and adding insult to injury, the taxpayers will have to foot the Senate's legal bill.
Does the senator really think that ignoring request after request will just make this scandal go away? Hiding facts and figures, misdeeds and corruption only makes people want the truth to come out once and for all.
It is a disservice to the community and highly insulting that this debacle is still going on.
Sir Winston Churchill said, "If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack!"
We want names, facts and figures. Is that clear enough?
- Maria Ferreras, St. Thomas