The Fate of Puerto Rico
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
It is interesting to see the reactions of the supporters for statehood in Puerto Rico ("Puerto Rican statehood," Letters,Thursday). Essentially, you are seeing the obfuscation of the facts that we Puerto Ricans see on a daily basis in the statehood propaganda.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Luis Guinot Jr. is correct that the majority of Puerto Ricans believe that something has to change, but he is absolutely wrong if he thinks we believe that what has to change is the island's political status.
A change in political status in Puerto Rico will have zero effect on the quality of life of Puerto Ricans. What has to change is the attitude of politicians, who think they are in office to serve themselves, rather than the people who put them into public office.
I believe that trying to join the union of states permanently as a beggar is an idiotic goal. Puerto Rico has many problems and many issues that it has to solve for itself. As it stands now, any move towards statehood would only benefit the upper class, the people who are hoping that their properties and holdings on the island will appreciate if the island becomes a state.
Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila is correct in stating that we need to have more autonomy and freedom in order to prosper. The U.S. Congress is focused on a continental economy, not an island economy, and rightly so. We need the ability to take the actions necessary to promote our own economic well-being. …