Firing teachers, closing over 150 schools, increasing taxes, laying off public sector workers, proposing to reduce the minimum wage, waiting in emergency rooms due to a lack of nurses, forcing migration to the United States, increasing unemployment and underemployment, separating families and food insecurity.
Puerto Rico is depopulating at an alarming rate, reducing the local tax and consumer base thereby hampering efforts towards any appreciable recovery in the island's economic and fiscal situation. In other words, who is going to pay bondholders if no one is there to foot the bill?
On Veterans Day in 2015, it is a national embarrassment that more than 150,000 veterans living in U.S. territories will be denied the right to vote for their Commander-in-Chief next November.
It has been said that when the U.S. economy catches a cold, Puerto Rico gets pneumonia. For the last decade, the island has been mired in a recession and fiscal crunch, which led Puerto Rico's governor to announce this summer that the island is running out of money. Critically, the economic challenges facing the island are leading to a humanitarian crisis of enormous proportion for the 3.5 million American citizens who live there.
Of the many reasons to visit Puerto Rico: tropical climate, Caribbean cuisine and Latin Music, only one is truly out of this world.
There are parts of his past that are sad, so William Javier Velazquez does what he has been doing his entire life to ease the pain. He puts a record on the turntable.
Kids love pools and beaches, of course. And there's nothing wrong with those two aquatic draws anchoring a family trip, but juicing up the family hol...
I was riveted last week by a performance of Bamboula, by the Bronx's Bombazo Dance Co., which fused two traditions sharing a common root: Afro Puerto Rican bomba and bamboula from New Orleans.
You'll need to know a few tricks in order to take your night in a bio bay from mediocre to once-in-a-lifetime. Here's how to see a bioluminescent bay and leave with nothing but glowing reviews.
Where's the love for Puerto Rico? Mexico has the numbers, while Cuba has the mystique. They both have the simpatico from the President of the United States too. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico is sinking and shrinking and the love isn't there. What's up with that, Senor Obama and my global Latino brethren?
This week's Senate Finance Committee hearing on Puerto Rico's financial and economic challenges brought overdue attention to the island's inadequate Medicaid funding. Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico is limited to a low, fixed amount of funding.
What will it take for more scholars and activists to recognize the damage this fabrication does to Puerto Rico's history? The anti-colonial struggle will not be won with fabrications.
Hispanic Heritage Month? Who cares? I do, and you should too! Every year, as HHM rolls around on September 15th, I brace myself for the underwhelming reaction many people, organizations and educational institutions have. Compared to the deluge of support for Black History Month every February, what do we Latinos get every September? Nada.
Although some octogenarians are showing signs of Alzheimer's disease or dementia, Miss Betty dubbed her art exhibit as "Memory Lane" and guided us thru her seaside adventures in Portugal...
(Photo: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism) No passport? No problem! These world-class beaches in exotic locales don't require anything m...
Puerto Rico is imploding. Every major media outlet in the world has written about our government's failure to repay billions in loans to the United States and private investors who put their money into government bonds.