US soldiers fight crime in Puerto Ric...

US soldiers fight crime in Puerto Rico's heartland

There are 44 comments on the KVBC-TV Las Vegas story from Jun 14, 2010, titled US soldiers fight crime in Puerto Rico's heartland. In it, KVBC-TV Las Vegas reports that:

Cradling an M-16 rifle, Army National Guard Lt. Anthony Santiago stares down cars at a police checkpoint in his latest mission: helping to stem a vicious crime wave in Puerto Rico's central mountains.

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Dennis algarin

Georgetown, TX

#22 Jun 22, 2010
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
Why do you post "what we need...to do is change..."?
What are you doing to "change" the federal Government and Internal Affairs "in order to let Puerto Rico" change and preserve "our culture"?
Hoping for an answer....
Jorge
What are you doing to make a change?

Hoping for an answer...
Sonya

United States

#23 Jun 23, 2010
Prexplorer wrote:
<quoted text>
Typical American response. That is what the imperialistic conquerers from the North said when they invaded the island in 1898. Yes, you are a big hypocrite, living in PR and bashing the island and its people without saying one redeeming thing about it. You are a xenophobic buffoon and you are going to get smashed on these threads, so be prepared pinky. LOL
So I should redeem myself by making one positive statement for every negative one? lol, if you want to hear positive you should have asked before you acted like a fool. Typical American response? Aren't we all American? Or are you seperating yourself like a typical PR? This is actually getting fun again! What else you got or me?
Sonya

United States

#24 Jun 23, 2010
Dennis algarin wrote:
I bet you don't go out much, with all that hate you
have for Puerto Ricans, I bet you don't talk that
trash out in public.
If someone is acting like an idiot I address them no matter where I am but with reason for doing so. Topics were brought up on here and I addressed them what's the difference? It's America freedom of speech yet so many of you think it should be censored when it's not to your liking.
NOT REALLY

Reading, PA

#25 Jun 23, 2010
Sonya wrote:
<quoted text>
So I should redeem myself by making one positive statement for every negative one? lol, if you want to hear positive you should have asked before you acted like a fool. Typical American response? Aren't we all American? Or are you seperating yourself like a typical PR? This is actually getting fun again! What else you got or me?
I see you are talking like the bonehead that you are. No one stated that you "should redeem myself by making one positive statement for every negative one". It is you that has denigrated Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans by stating that you 'hope a disaster hits the island'. There is no redeeming that, silly Sonya. Your weak mental and emotional constitution is no excuse either, as well as the "I was just joking" routine. You have dug yourself into a hole.

What is this: "What else you got or me"?
NOT REALLY

Reading, PA

#26 Jun 23, 2010
Sonya wrote:
<quoted text>
If someone is acting like an idiot I address them no matter where I am but with reason for doing so. Topics were brought up on here and I addressed them what's the difference? It's America freedom of speech yet so many of you think it should be censored when it's not to your liking.
You possess terrible English grammar skills. What is that last sentence supposed to mean? BAHHHHAAAAAAA!!!! Bonehead!
NOT REALLY

Reading, PA

#27 Jun 23, 2010
Sonya wrote:
<quoted text>
If someone is acting like an idiot I address them no matter where I am but with reason for doing so. Topics were brought up on here and I addressed them what's the difference? It's America freedom of speech yet so many of you think it should be censored when it's not to your liking.
And what do you do when you are "acting like an idiot" as you have on these threads, Silly Sonya?
Dave Lopes

Dania, FL

#28 Jun 23, 2010
Sonya wrote:
<quoted text>
So I should redeem myself by making one positive statement for every negative one? lol, if you want to hear positive you should have asked before you acted like a fool. Typical American response? Aren't we all American? Or are you seperating yourself like a typical PR? This is actually getting fun again! What else you got or me?
You threw the first stone and now you make yourself the victim? You talk down on us and expect us to treat you with kindness? You offend us and our people and expects us ot treat you well by giving you roses?

You will get here double of what you give us back.

Respect is earned by you, when coming into our forums uninvited, not forced upon us by you with your cheap shots and condescending ways.

It's your choice as we do also believe in freedom of speech rights but that does not give you the free will freedom or the rights to come here and offend all of us without any consequences coming back to bite you.
Jorge

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#29 Jun 23, 2010
Sonya wrote:
<quoted text>
So I should redeem myself by making one positive statement for every negative one? lol, if you want to hear positive you should have asked before you acted like a fool. Typical American response? Aren't we all American? Or are you seperating yourself like a typical PR? This is actually getting fun again! What else you got or me?
Sonya, I hear you...and you are correct, in the sense that you have every right to speak your mind about anything. We are all Americans here and I'm the first one to side with you on that.

But, coming to a forum about Puerto Rico it's like coming to a house (full of Puerto Ricans) and complain about us, our service, about the hosts...etc. and expect to be treated nicely. You will not get roses and a thank you note, on your way out. It is just human nature.

Now, if you go to another forum and wipe the floor with us....that's a different story.

On the other hand, a person can criticize and still do it in such a way, as to sound polite and constructive. It's all a matter of choosing and deciding the words and attitude.

I have been following your exchanges and you came out strong, upfront without any concern for those reading you.... You have the reaction expected, so I think you ought to be satisfied (very confrontative, to let out steam). Nothing constructive will come out but more confrontation and insults. Both sides have the right to it, also, in this great nation of ours (as TMJ had the right to write whatever was to his liking), but, a reaction...both of you got.

Right off the bat, I can see (by your postings) that your decisional making skills are not the best, for you're unable to ponder self protection and personal happiness, when deciding a path. You have to work on that. Coming to our islands without investigating your well being, first (as I stated before) is very illustrative on the latter.

Coming here, with your upfront complaints and then complaining about reactions, just cements my observations.

If that's the kind of life you're living here, for your mental health, I think you should leave our islands and fast... Write a book or something to vent out that anger and frustration..., a newspaper article for national coverage...it won't be the first or last....believe me, for every negative comment on us, we receive a positive one.

Jorge
Dave Lopes

Dania, FL

#30 Jun 23, 2010
Sonya,

You threw the first stone and now you make yourself the victim? You talk down on us and expect us to treat you with kindness? You offend us and our people and expect us to treat you well by giving you roses?

You will get here double of what you give us back.

Respect is earned by you, when coming into our forums uninvited, not forced upon us by you with your cheap shots and condescending ways.

It's your choice as we do also believe in freedom of speech rights but that does not give you the free will freedom or the rights to come here and offend all of us without any consequences coming back to bite you.
NOT REALLY

Reading, PA

#31 Jun 23, 2010
Dave Lopes wrote:
Sonya,
You threw the first stone and now you make yourself the victim? You talk down on us and expect us to treat you with kindness? You offend us and our people and expect us to treat you well by giving you roses?
You will get here double of what you give us back.
Respect is earned by you, when coming into our forums uninvited, not forced upon us by you with your cheap shots and condescending ways.
It's your choice as we do also believe in freedom of speech rights but that does not give you the free will freedom or the rights to come here and offend all of us without any consequences coming back to bite you.
I suspect Silly Sonya thought that there were no Puerto Ricans on this website capable of competing and challenging her absurd rhetoric, i.e., "Puerto Rico sucks",'I can't wait to get out of this sh*t hole','I hope a disaster hits the island'. She's getting what she deserves. What a bonehead! She reminds me of TJM. They both talk off the top of their heads without any regard for the consequences of their arrogance.
Jorge

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#32 Jun 23, 2010
NOT REALLY wrote:
<quoted text> I suspect Silly Sonya thought that there were no Puerto Ricans on this website capable of competing and challenging her absurd rhetoric, i.e., "Puerto Rico sucks",'I can't wait to get out of this sh*t hole','I hope a disaster hits the island'. She's getting what she deserves. What a bonehead! She reminds me of TJM. They both talk off the top of their heads without any regard for the consequences of their arrogance.
Do you know what worries me? That whatever one writes in a forum may be a reflection of the kind of life the person is leading.

I don´t think she is any different in the workplace (full of boricuas) and daily life. The only consequences she may have (here in Topix) are a couple of insults and maybe more anger...but, in the real world, she can (if she hasn´t already) get herself into an unnecessary mess. Maybe that's why she's unable to find decent service, everywhere she goes.

If I were Sonya, I wouldn't leave Ashford ave. and American places...it's the only way to survive if some of these people insist on behaving this way. At least, these kinds have their own "niche" (to put it nicer than what they call our barrios...."ghettos" ).

Jorge
NOT REALLY

Reading, PA

#33 Jun 23, 2010
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you know what worries me? That whatever one writes in a forum may be a reflection of the kind of life the person is leading.
I don´t think she is any different in the workplace (full of boricuas) and daily life. The only consequences she may have (here in Topix) are a couple of insults and maybe more anger...but, in the real world, she can (if she hasn´t already) get herself into an unnecessary mess. Maybe that's why she's unable to find decent service, everywhere she goes.
If I were Sonya, I wouldn't leave Ashford ave. and American places...it's the only way to survive if some of these people insist on behaving this way. At least, these kinds have their own "niche" (to put it nicer than what they call our barrios...."ghettos" ).
Jorge
The sad thing is that Americans go to other countries and complain about everything because it is not like what they are accustomed to in the States. It's ridiculous really, and they should just stay home. I have seen people complain about how things are done in another country (I'm not referring to PR) and demand that they change in order to accommodate them. How completely absurd. That is why Americans (particularly the White variety) are despised wherever they go in the world and are known as the world's worst tourists. They just cannot adapt.
Jorge

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#34 Jun 23, 2010
NOT REALLY wrote:
<quoted text>
The sad thing is that Americans go to other countries and complain about everything because it is not like what they are accustomed to in the States. It's ridiculous really, and they should just stay home. I have seen people complain about how things are done in another country (I'm not referring to PR) and demand that they change in order to accommodate them. How completely absurd. That is why Americans (particularly the White variety) are despised wherever they go in the world and are known as the world's worst tourists. They just cannot adapt.
In fact, friends of mine are planning to return to India. I don't have their adventurous skills (nor am in their physical shape). They insist on inviting me, because I am "buena compañía", fun to be with...(creo, porque si no ¿para qué insistir?)...

They plan on behaving like local Indians around the country...

My idea of a vacation is not to spend it in a hot, noisy train, while fighting my way to my destination.....

So, I have to save a lot, in order to accomodate my "vacaioning style" or stay home and read their postcards; as I have been doing for over 20 yrs or so....
Jorge

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#35 Jun 23, 2010
NOT REALLY wrote:
<quoted text>
The sad thing is that Americans go to other countries and complain about everything because it is not like what they are accustomed to in the States. It's ridiculous really, and they should just stay home. I have seen people complain about how things are done in another country (I'm not referring to PR) and demand that they change in order to accommodate them. How completely absurd. That is why Americans (particularly the White variety) are despised wherever they go in the world and are known as the world's worst tourists. They just cannot adapt.
Mira, solamente recuperarme del "jet lag" nada más....and depending if they go from Philly or NYC, Frankfurt or LA....me cuesta como una semana de cama (which translates into thousands of dollars in a good hotel and room service).

¿Quién carajos va a arrastrar este "excess bagage" ah! y con attitude?...LOL

'chacho, que se quede en casa o (como dicen mis panas)..."te recogemos a la vuelta" y si volvemos...Mi' que chorro de ca....nes...LOL (excuse my French), pero es la palabra que mejor los describe....

Jorge
boricuanewyork

Nutley, NJ

#36 Jul 18, 2010
Puerto Ricans are lost. There's gay against straight, protestants against catholics, light skinned against dark skinned, young against old, big house folks against small house folks---it's ridiculous and it's sad. We wave our flags with amazing pride--for sure, but then when the parade is over, we go back to being divided. I am a dark skinned puerto rican and I can't begin to tell you how many puerto ricans on the island were so sure I wasn't one of them based on my looks. If it wasn't that my family is well known out in the mountains from decades of being there, they wouldn't have believed me. The first puerto ricans were not fair skinned--doesn't anybody know their history?
But I was taught to love my culture regardless. This is all just part of the family argument to me--but it holds us back. I came from a time when if you were puerto rican, you had different colors of family members. You weren't puerto rican unless your family looked like this. Division doesn't let us create and reach common goals that could make the quality of our lives a whole lot better.
But I must say that there is still a strong sense of familia up in the mountains. Sonya needs to go out there and see the real thing. I think it's mostly the young that are staining our land with drugs. I pray they wake up before the island is taken away from them. I honestly believe this birth certificate controversy is a first wakeup call to the island being taken away. Could you imagine a group of people saying, you don't have this piece of paper--I do and so I am now authentic--you're not so bye bye? Puerto Ricans better wake up. Drugs are putting us to sleep to the issues that really matter.WAKE UP BORINQUEN!!!!!!
NOT REALLY

Reading, PA

#37 Jul 19, 2010
boricuanewyork wrote:
Puerto Ricans are lost. There's gay against straight, protestants against catholics, light skinned against dark skinned, young against old, big house folks against small house folks---it's ridiculous and it's sad. We wave our flags with amazing pride--for sure, but then when the parade is over, we go back to being divided. I am a dark skinned puerto rican and I can't begin to tell you how many puerto ricans on the island were so sure I wasn't one of them based on my looks. If it wasn't that my family is well known out in the mountains from decades of being there, they wouldn't have believed me. The first puerto ricans were not fair skinned--doesn't anybody know their history?
But I was taught to love my culture regardless. This is all just part of the family argument to me--but it holds us back. I came from a time when if you were puerto rican, you had different colors of family members. You weren't puerto rican unless your family looked like this. Division doesn't let us create and reach common goals that could make the quality of our lives a whole lot better.
But I must say that there is still a strong sense of familia up in the mountains. Sonya needs to go out there and see the real thing. I think it's mostly the young that are staining our land with drugs. I pray they wake up before the island is taken away from them. I honestly believe this birth certificate controversy is a first wakeup call to the island being taken away. Could you imagine a group of people saying, you don't have this piece of paper--I do and so I am now authentic--you're not so bye bye? Puerto Ricans better wake up. Drugs are putting us to sleep to the issues that really matter.WAKE UP BORINQUEN!!!!!!
In Puerto Rico I received the same treatment and I am not Black or dark. It often has to do with the way you carry yourself, your attitude, the way you dress, inability to speak the language and trying to engage people in English, etc. They know the NY attitude and most don't like the arrogance. If you have a pleasant personality and the right attitude and treat people the way you wish to be treated, things go ok.
TPMP 35

Brooklyn, NY

#38 Jul 19, 2010
boricuanewyork wrote:
Puerto Ricans are lost. There's gay against straight, protestants against catholics, light skinned against dark skinned, young against old, big house folks against small house folks---it's ridiculous and it's sad. We wave our flags with amazing pride--for sure, but then when the parade is over, we go back to being divided. I am a dark skinned puerto rican and I can't begin to tell you how many puerto ricans on the island were so sure I wasn't one of them based on my looks. If it wasn't that my family is well known out in the mountains from decades of being there, they wouldn't have believed me. The first puerto ricans were not fair skinned--doesn't anybody know their history?
But I was taught to love my culture regardless. This is all just part of the family argument to me--but it holds us back. I came from a time when if you were puerto rican, you had different colors of family members. You weren't puerto rican unless your family looked like this. Division doesn't let us create and reach common goals that could make the quality of our lives a whole lot better.
But I must say that there is still a strong sense of familia up in the mountains. Sonya needs to go out there and see the real thing. I think it's mostly the young that are staining our land with drugs. I pray they wake up before the island is taken away from them. I honestly believe this birth certificate controversy is a first wakeup call to the island being taken away. Could you imagine a group of people saying, you don't have this piece of paper--I do and so I am now authentic--you're not so bye bye? Puerto Ricans better wake up. Drugs are putting us to sleep to the issues that really matter.WAKE UP BORINQUEN!!!!!!
I hear ya and i agree with you. There is a color caste system in the island. Although i think it is based more on class thasn color. Your employment and residence is all that TRULLY matters in P.R. You can be black as coal but if you live well and are a perseived to be a person with class and good manners (money doesn't hurt LOL!) you will be considered a blanquito. I'm not saying that's correct thinking either. It's just the way it is there. We don't live in an ideal world anywhere unfortunately. P.R is a class based society. It wasn't always this severe. Then again, the world has changed.

I too have diffrent races, colors and hues in my family. I am not considered black. Definetely not, nor are my wife or children. However, we are not white either. We are Proud Puert Ricans and that's what i try to instill in them. I do enjoy your similiar sentiments on our mutual pride in our rich heritage as Boricuas. I personally have never felt prejudice based on skin color in P.R. As i said it's more on perception of class. P.R's are vain enough to be concerned with the Car you drive or the clothes you have on your back. That is a Latin trait no matter where you go. LOL!..... I call it poor people's mental conditioning......"keepin g up with the Jone's".....Nobody spends money like P.Ricans. Money they don't have just too look good. Sad but true!...... LOL!

I do know that people's attitudes has a lot to do with perceived slights or prejudices. While there are plenty of arrogant NY's who may visit the island or who largely visited it in the past. "That stereotype no longer holds water for people in the know". There are plenty of arrogant people from all over who visit P.R and have left their indelible negative mark on our island. The N.Y stereotype no longer holds water anymore. The island is much too transient, with P.R's "coming and going" from all points in the U.S. We as a whole as Puerto Rican people have changed considerably., not altogether for the better. There are plenty of homegrown sour attitudes on the island that have nothing to do with N.Y influence.

Keep up your posts. I enjoy them. They are a welcome addition here.

TPMP 35
TPMP 35

Brooklyn, NY

#39 Jul 19, 2010
Correction: to be more concerned
TPMP 35

Brooklyn, NY

#40 Jul 19, 2010
boricuanewyork wrote:
Puerto Ricans are lost. There's gay against straight, protestants against catholics, light skinned against dark skinned, young against old, big house folks against small house folks---it's ridiculous and it's sad. We wave our flags with amazing pride--for sure, but then when the parade is over, we go back to being divided. I am a dark skinned puerto rican and I can't begin to tell you how many puerto ricans on the island were so sure I wasn't one of them based on my looks. If it wasn't that my family is well known out in the mountains from decades of being there, they wouldn't have believed me. The first puerto ricans were not fair skinned--doesn't anybody know their history?
But I was taught to love my culture regardless. This is all just part of the family argument to me--but it holds us back. I came from a time when if you were puerto rican, you had different colors of family members. You weren't puerto rican unless your family looked like this. Division doesn't let us create and reach common goals that could make the quality of our lives a whole lot better.
But I must say that there is still a strong sense of familia up in the mountains. Sonya needs to go out there and see the real thing. I think it's mostly the young that are staining our land with drugs. I pray they wake up before the island is taken away from them. I honestly believe this birth certificate controversy is a first wakeup call to the island being taken away. Could you imagine a group of people saying, you don't have this piece of paper--I do and so I am now authentic--you're not so bye bye? Puerto Ricans better wake up. Drugs are putting us to sleep to the issues that really matter.WAKE UP BORINQUEN!!!!!!
In addition, excuse me for failing to mention regarding your point on Drug abuse in the island.

Yes, we have a CRISIS. Drug and alcohol abuse is a serios problem in the island that contributing to the breakdown of the fabric of our society. It is a serious epidemic. It is a worldwide epidemic everywhere. Although it is perceived to be much more in P.R because our population is so condensed.

Yes, drugs are putting us to sleep. We visited last year. We have never seen the island that bad. We opted against going this year. P.R is not experiencing its finer moments right now....Plus, we want to see other places.

This new birth certificate program looks a little suspicious. I wonder how this will play into ther plebicite vote. "Something is starting to smell funny".......Sounds like it's meant to cause confusion. Perhaps, it's just conspiracy minded thinking. Just maybe there is a grain of truth to it????

If there is, i hope that the fraud is detected and the reponsible ones for oversight and the powers behind them are discoverd.

Just saying, if it's true!

TPMP 35

TPMP 35
TPMP 35

Brooklyn, NY

#41 Jul 19, 2010
Correction: serious, that's,their , reponsible,discovered

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