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Op-Ed: Puerto Rico Rescue Effort: Incompetence, Negligence or Indifference?

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-OP-Ed -As published in The Hartford Courant

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At first it was heartbreaking, then after days of seeing the photos of the ongoing suffering and devastation caused in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, for many the sadness turned to anger.

It was known immediately the storm had wiped out most of Puerto Rico’s electric, water and communications infrastructures, as well as roads throughout the country. Complicating emergency relief efforts to the island even further were the local bureaucracy and that the entry points by air and sea were not fully functional.

It seems it would be clear to everyone; time was of the essence. The White House ...

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Op-Ed: Hurricane Maria: A Blessing In Disguise

 

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Photo credit: PBS.org

 

 

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In ways that Puerto Ricans are just now appreciating, Hurricane Maria, the storm that ripped across the island at 155 miles per hour and has so far taken the lives of 16 people, appears more and more like a blessing in disguise.

Why, you ask? Because it has offered Puerto Ricans around the globe a golden opportunity to look themselves in the face and see what they are made of.

Most significantly – and this did not go unnoticed by the rest of the world – it seemed to turn all 9 million of them into a powerful self-preserving single organism.

Knowing ...

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El GRITO DE CARMEN–San Juan’s Mayor Grabs Mantle Of Leadership In Wake Of A Killer Hurricane

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Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo Credit: Andrea Crossan/PRI

 

David-Medina-2David Medina

If the election for governor of Puerto Rico were to be held right now, or even in November of 2020, assuming the Financial Control Board hasn’t outlawed elections by then, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto would win by an overwhelming landslide for the way she stood up to Donald Trump in the aftermath of a killer hurricane that devastated the island.

In fact, as the first elected official from Puerto Rico EVER to publicly stick it to the President of the United States for his country’s typical indifference to the island’s concerns, ...

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