Posts Categorized: Opinion

Puerto Rico’s Olympic Team: How Important Is It?

Puerto Rico’s basketball team has lost to Lithuania in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, disqualifying it from Olympic consideration this year. Puerto Rico has fielded an Olympic team since 1948, when, according to the Wall Street Journal, “the International Olympic Committee was in the market for members” following the upheaval of World War II. Puerto… Read more »

Should Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Be Allowed to Vote?

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner is officially nonvoting — but in the past those in this position have been allowed to vote on the floor, being asked to abstain only when their votes would make a difference to the outcome of a vote. Since a single vote rarely determines the outcome, Puerto Rico had a means… Read more »

Should Puerto Rico Be Part of the United States?

Trick question. Puerto Rico is already a part of the United States in the sense that it belongs to the United States. The question is not whether to include Puerto Rico in the United States – that issue has already been decided. The question is how Puerto Ricans should be included in the country in… Read more »

Puerto Rico: Undefended Front in the War on Drugs

A CNN article reports that Puerto Rico, an island with a population of 3,706,690, had 1,136 murders last year — 70% of them related to drug trafficking. For perspective, consider that New York City, with a population of more than 8 million people, had 496 murders in 2011. Travelers from Puerto Rico to the mainland… Read more »

Bilingualism: Is It Really a Problem?

If Puerto Rico chooses statehood in the November Plebiscite, it will be one of only two states to have two official languages (Hawaii is currently the only officially bilingual state). Some discussion of the plebiscite has focused on the possible ramifications of this fact.

Medicaid Cuts in the U.S. Territories

The Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives voted on April 25 to cut Medicaid funding in the U.S. territories by 65% while leaving Medicaid funding in the fifty states intact, providing a real life example of what it means to lack representation in Congress.

The Rum Wars

Since 1917, Puerto Rican rum has had an excise tax imposed when sold in the U.S., and the U.S. government has sent roughly the same amount of money back to Puerto Rico. In recent years, this “cover-over,” as it’s called, has amounted to about half a billion dollars a year for Puerto Rico. The U.S…. Read more »

Self Determination for Puerto Rico

Statements by National, State and Grassroots Leaders on the Need to Honor Self Determination for Puerto Rico The obligation of the United States to honor a Puerto Rican status choice has been recognized many, many times over the years, from presidents of the United States to local veterans groups, whose members historically stood together with… Read more »