The Daily News, October 21, 1994 16
Anne Golden walks her talk
"See them fighting for power,
but they know not the hour ...
through political strategy, they keep
us hungry." Bob Marley once said.
Over the years, people in these
islands have become restless from
Generally speaking, politics
should be concerned with the distri-
bution of advantages and disadvan-
tages among the people Politicians
should also be concerned with the
behavior of individuals or groups of
people, as they show distribution of
these aspects of life. Government
should respond to people in need
and resolve societal conflict.
Government cannot remain aloof
from controversial cases. yet it can-
not judge with bias. Thomas Jeffer-
son had the foresight to see that
government might become a dicta-
torship, and made provisions in the
U.S. Constitution to balance the
In the 1700s. Jefferson drafted
the Declaration of Independence.
which attacked slavery and other
issues that faced the newly indepen-
Congress cut passages out of the
original document, such as "He has
waged cruel war against human
nature himself, violating its most
sacred rights of life and liberty in
the persons of a distant people who
never offended him, captivating and
carrying them into slavery in anoth-
For days. Congress debated Jef-
ferson's draft, making changes and
deletions. But God works in myste-
rious ways. This par remains: "We
hold these Truths to be self-evident.
that all Men are created equal, that
they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable rights, that
among these are life. liberty, and
the pursuit of happiness that to
about the environment. Jack and
Isaac Bays were sites that many
people saw for the first time. Their
Olaee dry ecosystems are unique to St.
Davis Croix and are imponan habitats for
living resources. We discussed the
fragile ecosystems and the impor-
tance of their environments to the
Our environment St. Croix economy.
The areas include mountains,
secure these rights, governments e forest beaches ocean cliffs coral
instituted among Men deriving reefs, and many areas which me of
their just powers from the Consent natural, geological, cultural rece-
of the Governed, that whenever any tional and scenic importance.
form of Government becomes Caledonia's deep rain forest was
destructive of these ends. It is the another site that Ane Golden and
right of the people to alter or to others visited. The area includes
abolish it. and to institute new Gov. sme of the most spectacular natu-
ernment. ral scenery on St. Croix and pro-
This year, the people of these vides the best remaining habitat for
islands have another opportunity to the more threatened or endangered
vote their conscience. In these trou. West Indian endemic bird species.
bled days. we face many serious Caledonia also includes the most
problems, from crime and the envi- extensive stands ofold growth for-
ronment to a sluggish economy. e area St alo has watrf
Political campaigns here always The area also has waterfalls.
started off with some kind of fish running streams, fresh-water fish
fry. beach puy, or other entertain. and other organisms that make up
mert. The St. Croix Environmental the forest ecosystem. It supports
Association recently had an envi- many local and wintering migratory
ronmental forum, where senatorial birds. and is sounded by ruins of
candidates addressed environmental historical significance.
issues of the islands. Annaly and Wills Bays were the
That evening, I st there and is. last hike. We started from the
tened. Some candidates, you know. mountain and walked down to this
like to sweet-talk their audiences to historicular natural scenery., From
get votes. historical ruins close, scatter. nd
For the first time in the political open forest land, to coral reefs com-
history of the Virgin Islands. some- and lls Bays aof the ocean floor. Annaly
one did something different. Anne Anne GoWills n's spirit shows she
Golden. a candidate for office on care no only for the ople of
St. Croi decided to start her cam cares not only for the people of
St. rI with environmenta hiker cam- these islands. but even baby birds
gn off with nvicookenmd up ental hikes, that might fall from their nests.
cr roommate cooked up the idea.
Botanist Rudy O'Reilly Jr.. and I O1asee Davis, who holds a mas.
were the guides for these historical. ter of science degree in range man.
cultural and environmental hikes. agement and forestry ecology, is a
Believe me, we had people from St. Croix ecologist, activist and
8 to 65 years old with us to learn writer.