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At a recent hearing, WAPA officials said gas x side effects liver the publicly owned utility is in dire financial condition, slowing progress on making itself more efficient and reliable. WAPA owes its fuel suppliers around $42 million. The suppliers require payment before delivery and have threatened to cut WAPA off for nonpayment. In addition, WAPA is unable to pay its $30 million for an annual infrastructure lease payment to VITOL. It already owes $53 million and the amount is rising rapidly.

But new senators also showed they are ready to play the same old game of pretending unavoidable expenses are an “injustice;” the same game of pretending WAPA is not owned by the government but maybe by some foreign billionaire with magical pots of money; the same game of pretending that if you shout and feign outrage about something maybe in the past that you pretend would have magically fixed it all, no one will have to actually pay now.

As much as some V.I. elected officials like to pretend otherwise, WAPA is owned by the people of the Virgin Islands. It is not some distant, colonialist multinational corporation. There is a Crucian expression: “with sweet meat come sour sauce.” If you take e payment electricity bill up the easy road, there will be a reckoning. You have to pay the piper. The bills come due. Pretending to give free money to everyone is sweet meat indeed. But if you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can’t then clutch your hair and beat your breast about how unfair it is that Peter is poor.

Unacceptable? Senator, you have a college degree. You have headed a government agency before – DPNR. You understand basic arithmetic. “The backs of the ratepayers” is the only place the funding to pay electric bills will come from. Just like the back of the car grade 9 current electricity test owner is the only place the money for fixing a car’s oil pump or filling its tank will come from. That’s how paying for services works. But you surely already know that. Which means it’s a show. All that’s missing is a trapeze act.

Freshman Sen. Oakland Benta said “community members feel WAPA is doing them an injustice.” Maybe people do “feel” that way. But words have meanings. Electricity is very expensive. Paying the bill hurts for most Virgin Islanders. The vast majority of us forego air conditioning in the heat of summer and line-dry clothes to avoid disastrously high bills. But “difficult” and “painful” do not mean the same thing as “unjust.” That’s just the word a lazy person uses to justify and feel good about not doing what must be done. Being falsely accused of a crime – that’s unjust. Being denied a fair wage while others less deserving get more – that’s unjust. Stiffing the agency owned by the public so that the same public will have to pay even gas tax in washington state more later, is not standing up for justice. It’s just irresponsible. We need to take the bitter medicine now or the patient’s condition will get worse and worse. The Chevrolet Caprice Classic, the most popular car in America in the mid 1970s, got 12 miles per gallon new and less once it was thoroughly broken in. (Wikimedia photo)

The (government owned) hospitals simply ignore their utility bills, as do some government agencies. And for decades gas works park fireworks, the Legislature and Public Services Commission have often worked to shave a little off what Virgin Islanders have to pay right away each month, at the expense of what they will have to pay in the long run. Starved for funds, the utility has put off maintenance and purchase of more efficient or alternative generating capacity. In recent years some in both bodies point fingers, saying WAPA should have become more efficient years ago, so people shouldn’t have to pay now. It’s like if you nursed a gas-guzzling 1970s Caprice Classic to avoid buying a new car, then yelled at the clouds about the injustice of filling your tank.

There was never a good time for disingenuous grandstanding or phony, empty populism. But times are now especially serious. The territory’s finances are not in order. WAPA’s finances and power plants need help. On the day the power goes out, grandstanding and pointing fingers might win some c gastronomie vitam votes. But being elected to represent the people is not just an extremely well compensated sinecure with a fat office budget and high social status. It is a great honor. One that carries with it great responsibility. Being responsible sometimes means not eating that sweet meat because you know it will lead to sour sauce. Please be responsible.

The person in charge at the helm of wapa gets paid $340,000 a year plus perks. Why are they paying someone that kind of money? Is he a genius? Why do we continue to owe? Is someone forecasting rising cost and revenues on a monthly base and planning accordingly? Suggestions:Open another utility company and separate the government entities from the private citizens. Get the elephant off our backs. If the government’s yearly budget is correct, each government department should pay up front quarterly, the cost to use electricity. October,!February, May and August checks should be ready to go out. Adjustments electricity dance moms choreography made monthly based on useage. Your department uses too much electricity, it comes out of your budget. Low usage it adds to your budget. It is only when government entities feel what we , the citizens , feel , they will stop their nonsense. This sugar daddy government is bullying the citizens of the Virgin Islands in paying their portion of the WAPA utilities so they could squander money on cars, gas, lunches, bonuses , trips, etc.

Same for GRS, we are taking from Peter to Paul. Just a matter of time before someone ends up with the short end of the stick. Suggestion: Cut all retirees pay 10% if their check exceeds $40,000 per year. 15% for $80,000 plus and 20% for $100,000 plus. Five Years before retiring present employees of the government will pay an additional yearly payment that will come out of their pay bi-weekly. Example:if you make a 100,000, you pay 10,000 extra a year or $384.61 bi-weekly.

Another note: I remembered senators bamboozaling Mr Nibs to open a grocery store a few years ago. He was not receptive but the senators kept pushing. Well , we lost 11 million. No one was monitoring our investments. They should of shut down this business gas blower will not start and cut losses before it got to 11 million. We are talking about 11 million!!! GRS should of invested in a government complex and rented offices to the government with the 11,000,000. Oh sorry. I wasn’t thinking. Dumb idea. The government does”t pay it’s bills to itself only to the private landlords. How could I have forgotten. They steal from themselves and wonder why j gastrointest oncol impact factor they are always coming up short.

The problem is that ALL of the people whose decisions have led up to the current government fiscal “crisis” (if there truly is one) are not being held accountable. They are allowed to skim and embezzle and misappropriate funds with no repercussions. And after a suitable period of time, they show up again like bad pennies, to run for office or get recycled as top executives in various agencies. Remember the fire at Subbase which destroyed the records a few years back? Therefore no audit of WAPA financials. Would not be surprised is Hugo Hodge shows up somewhere in VI government in a position of authority. Remember Celestino White grandstanding to oust the WAPA a gas station near me president at the time because he was making positive changes, and that was a big NO-NO. And forget privatizing WAPA. The VI government would never allow that as it would require them to actually pay a bill.The current WAPA President seems to be competent, and trying to turn the ship around. We will see how far he is allowed to go by the powers that be. Any elected officials here are bound and beholden to special interest groups. There is very little change that will occur to affect these groups. The ones who will pay are visitors, tourists and those who are not ‘blessed.’