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February 17th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 2/17/10

Editor's Note: Wednesday’s American Morning audience was fascinated by Jim Acosta's report of federal stimulus money being spent in U.S. territories abroad. Some viewers expressed opposition to being labeled, “non-American.” The consensus argued that this money was intended to benefit Americans despite their geographic location.

  • Ken: Just saw your piece on stimulus money to the USVI. You seemed surprised that we are part of the USA. FYI – We carry US passports, have the USPS, FBI, Homeland security, TSA etc. and are indeed US citizens. Not only are we Americans in paradise but we unfortunately have pay our income taxes just like you mainlanders – so its only fair that we receive our fair share of the stimulus pork. By the way CNN doesn't even know we are Americans as your contact-us web page doesn't even offer VI as a state code – which is ironic for an international company – as just about every website in the world that asks for your state offers VI as the state code in the drop down. You guys need to get yourselves up to date.
  • Michael: I just watched your story about the stimulus going to our home here in the Virgin Islands. I'm a bit upset on the slant. I am a US Citizen...born in Ohio and have lived here in the VI for 15 years. You refer to our islands as paradise and I will admit that the weather is not ever bad. But here we go to work and work hard just like everyone else. I personally work 60 hrs a week just to pay my bills ... you put that story across like we all hang out at the beach everyday and I can tell you that our cost of living here is 4 times that of most places in the mainland and our in come is below average… we pay 7& for a gallon of milk and $.42 (that's cents)per kilowatt hour of electricity… that is 5 times the national average… our only real income here is from tourism which has been seriously hurt by the recession .since people don't take vacations when they don't have jobs… our schools are the worst in the country and our roads are all in shambles… if you want to be fair… tell the whole story… shoot footage of the neighborhoods where the locals live… not just shots of the's just not a fair picture of what goes on here and as a longtime and daily viewer I am very upset by this story… either tell the whole story or don't tell it at all.

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  1. gloria lewis

    I do not understand why everyone thinks the man the man that crash his plane in the irs building is crazy .I totally disagree withwhat he has done but i also understands what he was feeling .I am not mad at the irs but i really angry at the labour laws in this country it makes me sich to my stomach ,the way employers treat the least paid employees .A few years ago i thought about running my car over a bridge and killing myself because of the way i was treated by an employer ,i would go to work and be so scared i felt like i was going to get a heart attack ,after so many years of this kind of inhumane behaviour by employers i have made the decision to go back to my homeland in the near future .
    I am not scared of death but i am scared for my 20 yearold son .i am so scared that he will not be able to handel this treatment ,and i do not want him to ever feel what i felt .I truely believe everyone needs to check their own souls if they have any ,and try putting themselves in another persons situation and see how they handel the situation .He is not the only one feeling this way they are so many others angry for one reason or another .Some of these people are taking drugs and antidepression drugs to supress their emotions ,i refuse to do that i also refuse to have anyone eat at my soul i will find my way back to myhomeland i might have less but i will have my health ,my happiness my sanity and most of all i will be treated as a person not as an object with no feelings .
    Could this have been prevented yes if the people around him did not see the danger signs something is wrong with them .Me and my husband know something is wrong with each other and we do not even have to speak ,i remember years ago i was upset my husband felt it through the phone he said whats wrong i said nothing .He hang up i knew he was on his way i look up a few minutes later there he was at my job .The same with my sons i do not have to see them to know they are upset or that somthing is wrong .People in general needs to quit being so selfish and self absorbed everone can make a difference

    February 19, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  2. Daniel Dakich

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

    "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ".


    February 18, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  3. Brian

    Saw the piece on the stuck Toyota gas pedal this morning that resulted in 4 deaths. I am not trying to insult any of the parties involved however I think a very important safety feature needs to be mentioned so that anyone else in a similar situation from floor mats, bad control signals, or anything else might have a chance at stopping the car.....

    All of these safety features should make it difficult for a stuck accelerator but they can also all fail at different rates at different times. As an alternative any car can be put in neutral at anytime, including a runaway accelerator. This will possibly blow the engine in the car but at least it wouldn't run up to 120Mph as the car in the story did. I think it is very important to mention this since the story shows that even trained professionals may forget this is possible and although it may ruin an engine it may very well save someone's life.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  4. William Courtland

    You go to a Buddhist Monestary to seek enlightenment and receive conception in peace, while also attending to escape from a life which causes sin in yourself. So to pre-arrest oneself: you become a buddhist for a while. If you need to get away from gang life: if you need to get away from your stepmother, if you think you will hurt someone... you seek such a temple or monestary and have it talked out and rested.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  5. William Courtland

    Is Buddhism really a religion?

    It is just a branch of teaching... The life of monestary existance.

    The Bodhisattva of seeking enlightenment: but should enlightenment not put a person back to work.

    Shoud a monestary not be a place for people who are between jobs.

    A monestary which rehabilitates the convict in the second to final stage(church the final)(hell island,rehabilitation island, prison(institution), monestary, church, digital domain release to lisencing mature duties, services, and practices(normal growth).

    Buddhists are just their to provide for those others of homeless calibur: you are not meant to remain under buddhist teachings forever: unless you become a monk yourself...

    China: Buddhists are prison councillors: and use monestary and ground to work in compassionate services towards other workless people. They have a function of duty in service to civil obediance.

    When in the style of the Shaolin: they sit in a function of peace which came in a time just after Mu-in sank: such peace of mind began with a man who forged Excalibur in 12000 B.C. in Tibet. The land chosen after his search for the Sacred Pagoda ended. The Pagoda found to be only ancient ruin even to him.

    Buddha: the lesson of the mind against Mara reflected in the peace demanded to the Emperor within the forbiddon palace: to protect the emperor from mental rape of conception and thus the power to be controlled by hypnosis... Enlightenment is found truth, truth is found in knowledge: knowledge is found in books and by media... To seek enlightenment for duty of your purpose in life. Nirvana only exists when we are all at our best: at work and play.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  6. Wes

    Toyota has its problems, we all have heard about it, I think after listening to 911 tapes, newscasts and Company comments no one stresses enough that if they have the problem while driving, TURN OFF THE IGNITION, 911 dispatchers possibly could have saved the CA highway patrol Dad and family had the dispatcher been trained to tell this driver TURN OFF THE KEY AND BE PREPARED FOR NO POWER STEERING BUT YOU STILL WILL HAVE CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE WHILE IT WILL COAST TO A STOP HAVING NO ENGINE POWER.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  7. Frank

    Could you have a end of week News Review Blog that comments on all the the best highlights of all the cable CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX, and others News cycle. Some time its one of your Anchors or Experts that make sense of the story then when its recycled it losses that clearity and leads to rumors. Sometime it takes days to get to the bottom of a story. Their are people that watch FOX believe 80% of stimulus when to create jobs in China. They must of view in on a spot or don't follow the News on stimulus. They should have a trusted blog not some nut in his underwear to clear up rumors with the News.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  8. Joseph Daniel Brian Lawlor

    Peoples are frustrated with funds going to paradise while their local economies are being dismantled through plant closures and job losses. How much of that funding will go towards infrastructure so that the Peoples do not have to pay seven dollars for a gallon of milk and $.42 for electricity.
    Government, Industry, Finance, Academic, Military, Media, Religion(spirituality+ETHICS) and the Peoples. Put together wrong like a Frankenstein monster that thinks it is a Vampire continually sucking from the Peoples and deserving of a full global collapse and that is already a work in progress.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:23 am |