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Op-Ed: NYC Puerto Rican Parade Honors Terrorist Who Killed My Dad

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Officials last week announced plans to honor unrepentant terrorist leader Oscar Lopez Rivera as their first ever “National Freedom Hero” at this year’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 11.

The words “disgrace” and “outrage” do not come close to describing the insanity, insult and pain that honoring this terrorist thug brings to our family, the families of all FALN victims and all Americans. The idea is truly sickening.
New York City was the epicenter for the most horrific of the 120-plus bombings by Lopez’s Puerto Rican terrorist group, the Armed Forces for National Liberation (FALN). One of those bombings killed our 33-year-old father, Frank ...

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When The Three Kings Didn’t Go To The Mall


bessy reyna Bessy Reyna

The Christmas holidays of my childhood in Cuba, are now mostly a nostalgic memory of the family we left behind when we immigrated to Panama. But, the one tradition from that time in my life which I still remember very fondly is what happened on January 6, the day when Three Kings, those invisible beings, would come some time in the night to bring us presents. Wanting to be in their good graces, I always made sure they had water for the camels, and food for the Kings. I imagined how hungry they were after such a long trip all the way to Cuba. As much as we ...

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Op-Ed: Oscar Lopez Rivera Brings Independence To the Forefront — And Puerto Ricans Take To It

Hartford Councilwoman Bermudez with to Oscar Lopez Rivera and her brother Pedro Bermudez and far right, her sister, Eva Bermudez.

Hartford Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez with Oscar Lopez Rivera (second  from right, her brother Pedro Bermudez (left) and far right, her sister, Eva Bermudez.  Councilwoman Bermudez invited Lopez Rivera to visit Hartford.


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            Edmundo Fernandez, the late patriarch of the family that produces Ron del Barrilito in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, told a story of having been a student at the exclusive Blair Academy boarding school in New Jersey during the Spring of 1917, when the Congress of the United States overrode the wishes of Puerto Ricos local legislature and imposed U.S. citizenship on the islands residents.

            Fernandez said he happened to be in the presence of ...

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