Posts Categorized: Opinion

How Do U.S. Textbooks Portray Puerto Rico?

In 1983, the Coalition for Human and Civil Right Advocates studied the portrayal of Puerto Rico in U.S. textbooks and found that: The authors of these textbooks, both old and new, appear to have read exactly the same sources and books. Their accounts, offering minimal and generally misleading information, are virtually identical in every case. And in… Read more »

Fairness for Puerto Rico and the “47%” (Part II)

We posted an earlier article noting the unfairness of denying Puerto Ricans billions of federal dollars under the premise that Puerto Ricans alone do not pay federal income tax when, in truth, roughly half of the U.S. population is similarly situated. But that is only one part of the story. 

Fairness for Puerto Rico and the “47%”

“There are forty-seven percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what….These are people who pay no income tax,” said Mitt Romney at a now well-known fundraising event. The quote became fodder for television newscasts and Obama campaign commercials. Many Americans were startled to learn that nearly half of all U.S. households… Read more »

Puerto Rican Voters and Immigration

Latinos are the belle of the ball in the 2012 elections. Candidates at all levels of government are courting their vote. Puerto Ricans are a significant – and growing – part of that Latino vote.  Their numbers approach those of the historically dominant Cuban population in Florida, and their influence has spread throughout the country.  Candidates in search… Read more »

Foreign Taxation in Puerto Rico

A United States Senate subcommittee investigating U.S. companies that shelter overseas profits from taxation has found that Microsoft withheld up to $4.5 billion in federal taxes from 2009 to 2011 by transferring profits to a Puerto Rican subsidiary. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and its citizens are U.S. citizens, but the… Read more »

A Bipartisan Call for Equal Rights and Responsibilities in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi ended his remarks at the Democratic National Convention last night with the assurance that President Obama “will stand with” Puerto Ricans “the day they choose to have the same rights and responsibilities as their fellow American citizens.” Imbedded in this statement is the recognition that not all U.S. citizens… Read more »

To Err is Human…

People make mistakes, of course. Even a respected news sources such as Reuters can make an error — and they did. In their “schedule of forthcoming world elections” they listed Puerto Rico’s plebiscite for August 12th. As you can see in the close-up below, Reuters claimed that Puerto Rican voters would decide the first question… Read more »

Univision’s Mistake

On July 25, Univision mistakenly aired an advertisement wishing Puerto Rico a happy independence day.  The company apologized for its mistake the next day by posting an announcement on Twitter.