With the holiday season fast approaching, the Virgin Islands public has a few suggestions for our elected officials who are planning government festivities. And, without trying to sound like Ebenezer Scrooge, we hope the ghosts of Christmas past will not appear in the present.

Everyone likes a little holiday cheer. There’s nothing wrong with a little celebrating as long as you don’t empty the public purse to do it. By that, we reference lavish government parties held at the taxpayers’ expense in past years. For a community that has soldiered on through a pandemic that took 85 lives, stole jobs and income and in general never has funds for everything we want to do, we request that official parties on the taxpayers’ dime be limited to the expense of punch and cookies. Anything more, do a pot luck.