U.S. taxpayers can't afford adding Puerto Rico as a state


I don't have the economic knowledge to respond to all of the comments presented as facts concerning the dynamics of the bankruptcy of Puerto Rico in the guest column by John Grillo on October 8, "Puerto Rico demands generosity". They have now been hit with two awful storms, leaving the island in near total ruin.

President Trump on Thursday warned that this administration's response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico can not last "forever". And he quoted Sharyl Attkisson, a television journalist, as saying, "Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making". As Gen. Mattis has said, "they are US citizens, so it is all hands on deck". Numerous fellow soldiers that were drafted when I entered service were from P.R. According to the 2000 census, there are more Puerto Rican veterans than there are from one of the original states, DE as well as several other states. They pay payroll taxes, which include Social Security and Medicare, so of course, they are now eligible for these benefits. A half million of them have migrated to the U.S.in the past decade, and the island has 12 percent unemployment.

Puerto Ricans are US citizens and deserve the same support from our government as any other USA citizen in time of need in a catastrophe.

Puerto Rico is a tiny island 1,000 miles from Miami.

In the midst of all of this, one would expect the President of the United States to be doing all that he can to make sure that these American citizens are taken care of and sheltered while the rebuilding process begins. The U.S. occupied this island after the Spanish-American War in 1898 and the population was granted citizen status in 1917. The initiative is being funded by NAB, the NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF STATE BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATIONS (NASBA), and multiple USA broadcasting companies, and the NAB is working with FEMA and local authorities to arrange effective distribution.

The House is expected to vote this week on an emergency spending package including billions of dollars more in relief for Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida in the wake of deadly storms Maria, Harvey and Irma this hurricane season. I mean really - who's counting?