Puerto Ricans


Obama Grants Clemency to Oscar López Rivera






Oscar López Rivera will go free after 35 years in prison, thanks to President Barack Obama’s order granting clemency to the 74-year old imprisoned on charges related to violent activities in support of Puerto Rico independence. Community activists in Florida, New York and Puerto Rico had stepped up pressure on Obama – […]


Puerto Ricans in Congress to Boycott Inauguration






Three of four Puerto Ricans – all Democrats – in Congress plan to boycott the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois, and Nydia Velázquez and José Serrano of New York have stated publicly they won’t be at the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States. Central Florida’s […]


Status: The Elixir of Puerto Ricans






Political status is the elixir of the Puerto Rican people – to paraphrase Karl Marx. I’ve said this before and it bears repeating, because the newly installed island Gov. Ricky Rosselló and newly sworn Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González expect to file a bill in Congress on Wednesday for Puerto Rico to be […]


2016 Comes to an End with a Bang






The year 2016 is coming to an end with a bang on many fronts. Let’s turn to a few less obvious but newsy items that merit attention for their importance. Pulse From the first news of the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, a tug of war erupted between the LGBTQ […]


Bad Economic Tidings from Puerto Rico






Puerto Rico is back in the spotlight again with bad economic tidings and little holiday cheer. The island is expected to run out of money for its government payroll possibly in February, meaning Puerto Rico is broke for all intents and purposes. The annual budget deficit is expected to be more than $67 […]


New Reality Begins to Set In 1 comment






A new reality is beginning to set in one week after the presidential election. The country appears to be poised to tear at the seams after a divisive presidential election filled with hateful rhetoric. Here are some ironies and random thoughts. • The same people who rail about John Mica losing his […]


Did Latinos Vote for Donald Trump?






Did Latinos vote for Donald Trump? And by what margin? Pollsters are having a food fight trying to answer that question. Expectations were high that Latinos would vote against Trump in large numbers and this would be a major factor in Hillary Clinton’s supposed victory. Well, high numbers of Hispanics did vote and […]