Posts Categorized: Opinion

American Enterprise Institute Examines Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Crisis

As Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló petitioned the fiscal oversight board today for relief under Title III of PROMESA (which the board of approved), the American Enterprise Institute was hosting a conference titled “Puerto Rico’s ongoing economic crisis.” The discussion on economic reform options for Puerto Rico to revitalize its economy and restore order to its public… Read more »

The Value of Appointing Puerto Ricans on the Fiscal Oversight Board

Four U.S. senators — Robert Menendez (D-NJ),  Jeffrey Merkeley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — wrote letters to the individuals charged with appointing members of the fiscal oversight board mandated in PROMESA, the new law to address Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis.  The letters, one to the leaders of the house and senate,… Read more »

Telecommunications in Puerto Rico

Tech blogger Jose Otero wrote a post outlining the strength of ICT (information and communications technology) in Puerto Rico. Otero lists the problems Puerto Rico is facing: More than $72 million in debt Unemployment rates over 10% Falling population as people leave Puerto Rico for the States at rates of more than 7,000 per month… Read more »

Miami Herald Editorial Board Endorses Chapter 9, Statehood for Puerto Rico

The Miami Herald has published an editorial recapping Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, concluding that “[f]ull statehood may be the only enduring solution that gives its people equality and establishes a framework for sustained prosperity after it emerges from crisis.” Puerto Rico is deeply in debt, and the Governor of Puerto Rico has announced that the territory simply… Read more »

Tennessee Law Journal Analyzes Puerto Rico’s Territorial Status

A forthcoming article by Willie Santana in the Spring 2014 issue of the Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy examines Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States and the history of U.S. territories in general. Santana’s exploration of the path to statehood of the current states in the U.S. reveals a standard path followed by… Read more »

Colonia or Colony?

Mujeres Talk is a project of Ohio State Universities, with an all-volunteer editorial board devoted to creating a space for Chicana, Native American, and Latina women to share their experience of the world. A recent blog post, “Of Puerto Rico, Perfumes, and Colonies”, Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, one of the editors and an associate professor in the… Read more »

U.S., Puerto Rico and Apartheid

John Kerry stirred up emotions when he said that Israel was at risk of becoming an “apartheid state”; Matt Peppe responded by suggesting that the U.S. can find that danger much closer to home than Israel. After examining some historical examples of separate and unequal treatment, Peppe quotes First Circuit Appeals Court Judge Juan R…. Read more »

Ingraham Questions Sotomayor’s “Allegiance”

Last week, TV hostess Laura Ingraham, who took offense that Justice Sotomayor expressed a preference for the term “undocumented” over “illegal,” made the following comments about Sotomayor: Her duty is to defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and that’s what she says? …Why do we have a Supreme Court… Read more »

The Statehood Petition in a ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory by action of the Government of the United States — not by the free will of its people.  Its status is undemocratic — Puerto Ricans do not have votes in the government that makes their national laws.  It — and its residents — are treated unequally in some important… Read more »