View from Puerto Rico

View from Puerto Rico

There are 138 comments on the The Orlando Sentinel story from Oct 16, 2006, titled View from Puerto Rico. In it, The Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Thanks to the Sentinel for the objective op-ed on Puerto Rico's fundamental issue Oct.

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TJM

Paw Paw, MI

#123 Mar 29, 2010
dinahuapi wrote:
Hey,
I may be offered a faculty position soon and I am tempted
to accept. Could you please contact me?([email protected])
I'd love to exchange some e-mails with you!
Thanks,
M
<quoted text>
You should read the book, PUERTO RICO: Land of Lost Dreams.

True story of a gringo living for almost 14 years (true story) in Puerto Rico.

here is the link on Amazon to buy it:

http://www.amazon.com/PUERTO-RICO-Dreams-Poli...
NOT REALLY

Reading, PA

#124 Mar 29, 2010
TJM wrote:
<quoted text>
You should read the book, PUERTO RICO: Land of Lost Dreams.
True story of a gringo living for almost 14 years (true story) in Puerto Rico.
here is the link on Amazon to buy it:
http://www.amazon.com/PUERTO-RICO-Dreams-Poli...
LOL. Do you not have ANY scrupples? You continue to break the Topix conditions for permission to post on these threads by using them for commercial purposes. What's the problem, no one is interested in your "book"?
dinahuapi

Fort Collins, CO

#125 Mar 29, 2010
Anyways, I feel tempted to try...:)
I find suspicious how highly polarized the comments are...

If I worked @ UPR (Rio Piedras), would anyone recommend
a neighborhood that would be a good choice?

Thanks!
pedro

Fort Collins, CO

#126 May 5, 2010
Que dicen acerca de el posible cambio de status de la isla?
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#127 May 5, 2010
pedro wrote:
Que dicen acerca de el posible cambio de status de la isla?
Que nos vayamos preparando para un cambio y no es la culminacion del status actual ni la independencia.

Jorge

Since: Jan 08

Saint Paul, MN

#128 Aug 2, 2011
I like how white people talk about the ghetto, most of thems don't know what they talk about and they act real scary about it too.

The Ghettos in Puerto Rico are bad places to go if your an American and or Tourists. They killed a whole bunch of Mexican tourists a couple years ago. So if you an American don't try to go to one of the projects because you will likely end up in trouble, specially if you don't know Spanish.

Anyways if your a tourist and you stay away from the Ghettos you will be safe from danger, basically get a tour guide or somebody that knows the Island, or stay along the beach areas were alot of other tourists are to be 100 percent safe. I'm Puerto Rican myself, all I can tell you guys who want to visit my Island is have fun and stay away from bad areas.

What are the bad areas in Puerto Rico? Well... East of the Island is pretty bad and rough towards tourists. Stay away from most of the East of PR in general, every where else is pretty safe, stay away from Casarios, those are the projects obviously.. stay away from what ever looks bad to you basically...

“Natural selection created apes”

Since: Jun 10

Religion made them human

#129 Aug 2, 2011
PRKing5 wrote:
I like how white people talk about the ghetto, most of thems don't know what they talk about and they act real scary about it too.
The Ghettos in Puerto Rico are bad places to go if your an American and or Tourists. They killed a whole bunch of Mexican tourists a couple years ago. So if you an American don't try to go to one of the projects because you will likely end up in trouble, specially if you don't know Spanish.
Anyways if your a tourist and you stay away from the Ghettos you will be safe from danger, basically get a tour guide or somebody that knows the Island, or stay along the beach areas were alot of other tourists are to be 100 percent safe. I'm Puerto Rican myself, all I can tell you guys who want to visit my Island is have fun and stay away from bad areas.
What are the bad areas in Puerto Rico? Well... East of the Island is pretty bad and rough towards tourists. Stay away from most of the East of PR in general, every where else is pretty safe, stay away from Casarios, those are the projects obviously.. stay away from what ever looks bad to you basically...
"The Ghettos in Puerto Rico are bad places to go if your an American and or Tourists. They killed a whole bunch of Mexican tourists a couple years ago."

When did that happen?
TPMP 35

Bronx, NY

#130 Aug 2, 2011
USMail XXXII wrote:
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"The Ghettos in Puerto Rico are bad places to go if your an American and or Tourists. They killed a whole bunch of Mexican tourists a couple years ago."
When did that happen?
LOL!

I was trying to figure out what the heck he was saying.

TPMP 35

“Natural selection created apes”

Since: Jun 10

Religion made them human

#131 Aug 2, 2011
TPMP 35 wrote:
<quoted text> LOL!
I was trying to figure out what the heck he was saying.
TPMP 35
He probably meant to write "Mexican chickens on tour".

Since: Jan 08

Saint Paul, MN

#132 Aug 5, 2011
No, I'm from Puerto Rico... like I said, you shit heads. When I was over there a few summers back, the FBI and the Policia were stocking people asking them if they knew anything about the murders of a couple Mexican tourists.

You idots on TOPIX think you know everything seen everything, and you guys are so lame that you guys go as far as creating a little clique between each other, backing up each others bullshits and smartass comments.

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#133 Aug 5, 2011
PRKing5 wrote:
No, I'm from Puerto Rico... like I said, you shit heads. When I was over there a few summers back, the FBI and the Policia were stocking people asking them if they knew anything about the murders of a couple Mexican tourists.
You idots on TOPIX think you know everything seen everything, and you guys are so lame that you guys go as far as creating a little clique between each other, backing up each others bullshits and smartass comments.
They were just asking you to clarify your statement about "Mexicans being killed". I know I have not heard about that specific news story either. That is all.
TPMP 35

New York, NY

#134 Aug 5, 2011
PRKing5 wrote:
No, I'm from Puerto Rico... like I said, you shit heads. When I was over there a few summers back, the FBI and the Policia were stocking people asking them if they knew anything about the murders of a couple Mexican tourists.
You idots on TOPIX think you know everything seen everything, and you guys are so lame that you guys go as far as creating a little clique between each other, backing up each others bullshits and smartass comments.
Dude,

First of all)... Lower the decibel. You have a major attitude.

Second of all)...... Just so you know. You are dealing with a pretty "savvy" groupd of posters here who keep abreast of most current happenings in the island.

Third of all)..... I have seen you posting here in the past. I wanted to give you the "benefit of the doubt", in all honesty... Although i haven't heard of any Mexicans getting killed in Puerto Rico. At least not in the recent news of the last couple of years.

I did check. This is all i came up with.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29026871/ns/world...

Perhaps, that is what you meant to say. I know i sometimes get confused in my postings as well.

PR definetly has it's challenges as an island.

Although we all love the island and it's people.

Have a good night,

TPMP 35

Since: Jan 08

Saint Paul, MN

#136 Aug 6, 2011
They specifically asked for Mexicans, now I don't know why BBC or MSNBC did cover it maybe its cause they don't cover every story.

Now who really cares this is something so not important really, I'm just saying thats what happened I went down to Puerto Rico to visit my family, and the police were asking people about the tourists and as you could imagine everyone in the neighborhood was talking about it too. You can believe it or not cause it doesn't mean anything... Its so beside the point, I don't know why you guys are so fixated on this..

“Natural selection created apes”

Since: Jun 10

Religion made them human

#137 Aug 6, 2011
PRKing5 wrote:
They specifically asked for Mexicans, now I don't know why BBC or MSNBC did cover it maybe its cause they don't cover every story.
Now who really cares this is something so not important really, I'm just saying thats what happened I went down to Puerto Rico to visit my family, and the police were asking people about the tourists and as you could imagine everyone in the neighborhood was talking about it too. You can believe it or not cause it doesn't mean anything... Its so beside the point, I don't know why you guys are so fixated on this..
Because you wrote: "They [people in Puerto Rico] killed a whole bunch of Mexican tourists a couple years ago" and I asked for something a little more substantial than your reply above.

Every so often a reader will ask a poster to disclose the source of his/her claim. You shouldn't take it personal.

Since: Jan 08

Minneapolis, MN

#138 Aug 7, 2011
USMail XXXII wrote:
<quoted text>
Because you wrote: "They [people in Puerto Rico] killed a whole bunch of Mexican tourists a couple years ago" and I asked for something a little more substantial than your reply above.
Every so often a reader will ask a poster to disclose the source of his/her claim. You shouldn't take it personal.
Ok, I don't know why I said it like that, but I am Puerto Rican I wouldn't insult my own people like that. So whether you guys want to believe this or not. It doesn't make a difference in the argument here. Puerto Rico is safe for tourists if they use there commonsence. Its alot safer than Mexico and thousands of Americans visit Mexico every year without a problem. Its the 1 or 2 whose curiosity betters them.

“Natural selection created apes”

Since: Jun 10

Religion made them human

#139 Aug 7, 2011
PRKing5 wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok, I don't know why I said it like that, but I am Puerto Rican I wouldn't insult my own people like that. So whether you guys want to believe this or not. It doesn't make a difference in the argument here. Puerto Rico is safe for tourists if they use there commonsence. Its alot safer than Mexico and thousands of Americans visit Mexico every year without a problem. Its the 1 or 2 whose curiosity betters them.
Mexico's murder rate is 25% lesser than Puerto Rico in spite Fox New's distorted media coverage on anything Mexican, but I hear you, bro.

I used to think that modern comfort, striking ecosystems, vibrant culture, historic venues, and tropical climate made Puerto Rico the perfect tourist destination for middle class families with A LOT of money to spend. But, time and again the feedback I hear from [non-puertorican] friends and acquaintances returning from the island is about the surprisingly relative proximity between all the attractions and about the festive nature and friendliness of the natives.

It shouldn't surprise us. All of our colonial masters have said the same. There's a short book I'd like you to read if you haven't already. It's the anecdotal account of a group of young students and a teacher visiting Puerto Rico in 1899. It's a very short book (100 pages), but it gives you a real good picture of the Puerto Rican society at the turn of the century from the Anglo perspective. There are some real attention-grabbing remarks regarding class structures and racial diversity. Early in the book the teacher writes:

"Naked little children of all ages and colors play about the streets and
on the sidewalks. Colored men and women, smoking black cigars, saunter
idly about. Street venders carrying their stores upon their heads or
backs, or in large panniers upon tiny ponies, fill the air with cries
announcing their wares."

"[...]The people of Puerto Rico, on a casual glance, appear to us to come from
every nation on earth. The first person you meet will be black, the next
brown, the third yellow, and the fourth white."
Jeje!
Though flipping over pages is a little more work I strongly recommend this edition for it has preserved the images of the original book. http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage... :@[email protected]%28lhbpr+ 03875%29%29&linkText=0
This one is a plain text copy of the same book (illustrations omitted): http://www.fullbooks.com/A-Little-Journey-to-...
Read it and tell me what you think. It will take you back in time.

In conclusion, I can't make up my mind which feature I like best about the island, but like you, I too believe there is magic to be shared in every turn in spite the constant whining that come from career pessimists.

Namaste my friend!
Wtf69

Miami, FL

#141 Oct 1, 2011
I love light skinned stocky/buff puerto rican guy with hairy legs a round bubble butt and thick big dick to f**k my tight a**! I love hoe DL they are. Lol it's true puerto rican men are hot in bed!!! F**k so good! I guess that's all there good for since they don't work, have to be good at something right ? Besides slanging drugs and stealing. I wish America would annex that sh*t hole island and let me keep the hot hung puerto ricans lmao!!!!! Make my culo hurt papi
Ricanpersona

East Hartford, CT

#143 Feb 23, 2012
Fck all of you who think that p.r is a bad place. You guys are ignorant and you don't know crap. Your just really stupid and I hope you really do see puerto Rico in a different way.

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