Is This Puerto Rico’s Year to Go for the Gold?

Puerto Rico has fielded a team at the Olympics since 1948 but has never won a gold medal.  The U.S. territory has won silver and bronze medals, but only in boxing, not in any other sport. This year all that may change.

Tommy Ramos and the Olympic Games

Puerto Rico is proud of Tommy Ramos, a Bayamon-born gymnast who has qualified for the Olympic men’s gymnastics rings final to be held on August 6th in London. As a native-born Puerto Rican, Tommy Ramos is a U.S. citizen.  He could have participated in the Olympics as a member of the U.S. team.  Had he… 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.

Happy Birthday to Jose Celso Barbosa!

In 1899, Jose Celso Barbosa and a group of supporters founded Puerto Rico’s first political party dedicated to promoting statehood with the United States.  At the time, he explained, “[w]e want and we ask for equality.  Not colonial control or protection. We [support] the same ideal of the American union with equality in rights and… Read more »

Puerto Rico: A Proud Tradition of Military Service

On July 18, 2012, Sgt. Jose J. Reyes, 24, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, sacrificed his life for his country in Afghanistan when a vehicle he was riding in was struck by an explosive device. The untimely death of Sgt. Reyes recalls the long tradition of honor and sacrifice by thousands of Puerto Ricans who have fought… Read more »

The Lessons of Hawaii and Alaska

The big news today in partisan, gridlocked Washington is that Republican Congressman Don Young of Alaska has endorsed Democratic Representative Mazie Hirono of Hawaii in her bid for the United States Senate. Rep. Young has even taken the unusual step of filming an advertisement with Hirono to demonstrate his support.

Puerto Rican Influence in the Presidential Election

On election day, the people of Puerto Rico will have no direct say in who becomes President of the United States.  Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens.  They serve in the U.S. military.  But as a territory and not a state, Puerto Rico has no Electoral College votes, and its residents have no formal voice on election day. Yet… Read more »

A Proven Work Incentive – But Only For States

At a recent hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, “Boosting Opportunities and Growth Through Tax Reform,”  congressional testimony highlighted the effectiveness of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) in lifting children out of poverty.  Studies have affirmed for years that the EITC and CTC encourage work, and research now shows that these… Read more »

U.S. Responds to Concerns About Violence in Puerto Rico

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited San Juan on Friday, assuring the people of Puerto Rico that a strategy is in place to cope with increasing drug-related violence on the island. She said firmly that heightened security for U.S. border states was not affecting the level of support for the Caribbean.