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Puerto Rico a State...never!

In my many years living in Puerto Rico and seeing with my very own eyes how people vote in Puerto Rico and they vote for someone that will give them something and to spite a politician or party. There are many reasons why the governor did not win, but let me expand on one point. Puerto Ricans for the last 30 years have voted for something and not for ideology like in the past. In 1967 Luis Ferrer won because the PPD had a slip in votes. They won the Fortaleza when they again united even after Ferrer a Republican governor push to get some welfare programs brought to the island with the help from Nixon, pushed companies to start a small Christmas bonuses for its employees and inaugurated the first toll highway. Since then the voters have voted in and out administrations that will promise jobs, spending and government programs. One issue that I do agree with you islander, many PNP members were angry with the governor, especially many of the police force that blame him for not getting their over-time pay. Lastly, I have come to the conclusion that Puerto Rico would vote the way of the Democrats on the national level. The majority of the islanders believe that government is the answer to all ills and that it has the answer to everything and that is in line with the current leaning of the national scene.  (Jan 2, 2013 | post #3)

Puerto Rico

What in the heck is wrong with Romney?

What did he say, the truth? If you see the whole video he states that no matter what he does or say he will not get their votes. We have 23 million under employed or unemployed, 8% plus unemployment, GM owns the tax payer 23 billion and we continue on the path of a financial meltdown. I am not a democrat or a republican, but a realist and the fact is we are not doing something right. When Obama was caught on tape saying to Joe the plumber we need to redistribute wealth nothing much was said except by the republicans. Now there is an audio tape of Obama saying in 1998, at Loyola University the following: “The trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some [wealth] redistribution -- because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot.” Now where is the upset voices in that?  (Sep 18, 2012 | post #8)

Puerto Rico

Heidi Wys' comments about Obama / Zaida Hernandez's "RIP ...

I did not see the news from Puerto Rico today, so if I read the article right, where in her tweet did Wys state anything that eluded to race? She should be severely reprimanded because her statements will be used by opponents of her employer and because she is an employee of the government. All politicians should hold their tongues and have civil discord, not mud-slinging as our island has seen for years as an island past-time. When I was on active duty we were under penalty of the uniform code of military justice to not talk ill against the President or elected officials at the national or local levels. The same should be for all elected officials.  (Aug 1, 2012 | post #12)

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico legislative adviser under fire for Obama tweet

Typical Boricua mud slinging. However, where were the racist comments? I read nothing that eluded to the First Ladies race? If you follow Puerto Rican politics you will see that name calling and denigrating opponents or political officials is the past time on the island. Get over it those that are calling for the resignation. I do agree that she should be reprimanded and warned that if it happens again it might jeopardize her employment because there must be civil decor in official positions.  (Aug 1, 2012 | post #1)

Puerto Rico

US decolonization commitee eyes Puerto Rico

The committee at the U.N. is at it again and they do not understand even their own declaration: "The panel ratified the right of Puerto Rico to self-determination and independence. " Puerto Rico has expressed self-determination by their desire to continue as a territory. Hopefully and possibly this year the island will finally start to move up the scale of political integration into the union of sovereign states unless the islanders decide to stay an unincorporated territory..again. The U.N. panel that pronounces this fruitless show of unity is only a show of left-leaning governments and crack-pot leaders whom seem to want to attack the U.S.  (Jun 19, 2012 | post #5)

Puerto Rico

How in the World Did College Costs Rise 15% in Only 2 Years?

I know! It is very sad and discouraging to see so many college grads not able to find work, but I am sure the economy will improve. I do agree a medical career is only going to grow with so many baby boomers retiring. As for the other career fields there will always be a demand. I teach and even this career field has been hit hard. I have tried to transfer to other school district and it is very selective and very limited to teachers in math, science and bi-lingual.  (Jun 18, 2012 | post #13)

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How in the World Did College Costs Rise 15% in Only 2 Years?

It is about a job...the more you learn the more you earn. I earn more due to my degrees and hopefully I will start my PhD this fall and when completed it will give me the opportunity to move up in my field. However, I do agree in enlightenment and being well informed. I tell my students that with the exception of many geniuses there are informed, well versed subject matter experts in their fields of expertise. I was lucky enough to learn a trade in high school and when I joined the military I worked in the electronic communication field and later moved into instruction and now teach as a retired vet. I am so into education either in the arts, science or just to learn a skill.  (Jun 14, 2012 | post #10)

Puerto Rico

How in the World Did College Costs Rise 15% in Only 2 Years?

It's the economy and many variables such as book cost, school infrastructures, professor salaries, etc, etc. All colleges across the nation are feeling the pinch and the students are paying for it. In reference to a trade, sure we need trained people not all H.S. students are going to make to college and the next best thing is to learn a trade. I tell my students to take advantage of the trade classes my school has. If some still want to go to college I tell to check out a community college that has associates in a technical field.  (Jun 14, 2012 | post #5)

Puerto Rico

How accurate are El Nuevo Dia polls?

Polls are only as accurate as the types of questions being asked. If the pollster "skews" questions, it will slant the results. For example: 1. If Puerto Rico was to become a state that required that you only speak English in school, government services, etc, etc, would you vote for statehood? Even those that believe in statehood would say NO, BUT HELL NO! Example 2. If you as a tax payer were to get a much higher tax refund if Puerto Rico was to be a state of the union, would you vote for statehood? Voter: where do I sign! You see how polls' questions are skewed? True and accurate results should be based on numbers of register voters in high numbers being asked. I don't like asking only about 1 to 2 thousand people, especially if they would not vote.  (May 3, 2012 | post #8)

Puerto Rico

How accurate are El Nuevo Dia polls?

Ah, I apologize for the word "slat" it should had been "slant." Mil disculpas!  (May 3, 2012 | post #7)

Puerto Rico

How accurate are El Nuevo Dia polls?

Polls are only as accurate as the types of questions being asked. If the pollster "skews" questions, it will slat the results. For example: 1. If Puerto Rico was to become a state that required that you only speak English in school, government services, etc, etc, would you vote for statehood? Even those that believe in statehood would say NO, BUT HELL NO! Example 2. If you as a tax payer were to get a much higher tax refund if Puerto Rico was to be a state of the union, would you vote for statehood? Voter: where do I sign! You see how polls' questions are skewed? True and accurate results should be based on numbers of register voters in high numbers being asked. I don't like asking only about 1 to 2 people, especially if they would not vote.  (May 3, 2012 | post #6)

Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, Romney repeats Sotomayor criticism

Bappie, You posted "I am just questioning the logic of going to her hometown, seeking support and critizing her. Doesn't make sense to me, but it's whatever." Well, Sotomayor was not born or raised in Puerto Rico, she was born in the Bronx, and raised in New York City. Just wanted to point that out since a lot of people presume that all Puerto Ricans are from Puerto Rico when many are Puerto Rican descendants born outside the island as first, second or third generation, however, that does not negate the fact that they still feel proud of their heritage.  (Mar 20, 2012 | post #191)

Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, Romney repeats Sotomayor criticism

Bappie, where have both used "disparaging " remarks? I read news from Puerto Rico, listen to two talk, news stations from the island and have WAPA America satellite TV and yet did not hear or was it reported that they used disparaging remarks. I am not a republican or a democrat, but a realist. I don't agree with some of Sotomayor's beliefs, but being a Boricua who has gotten to the highest court of our country I am glad for her. I assure you if both politicians would had put down Boricuas there would have been an uproar in the island and there has been minimal criticism from pro-Obama supporters and independentistas. This is a tempest in a tea cup.  (Mar 18, 2012 | post #145)

Puerto Rico

Puerto Ricans apathetic ahead of GOP primary.

It is a republican primary...what do you expect? Just like it would be for a democratic primary. I personally think it is a waste of time for the territories to vote except D.C since its citizens vote for the President.  (Mar 17, 2012 | post #2)

Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, Romney repeats Sotomayor criticism

I agree and while they ask their congressman/women they can check how much money is returned in economical gains from all the services and goods islanders pay for.  (Mar 17, 2012 | post #129)