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Only Independence Or Statehood Will Justly Settle The Status Problem

To The Editor:

I think your web site is an excellent source of information on the issue of political status.

One article in particular, (Voter Harassment) got me thinking. From my point of view, the problem is that the status quo remains a choice in Puerto Rico plebiscites. The only just forms of political status are independence or statehood. Commonwealth assumes that Puerto Ricans can call themselves U.S. citizens and not exercise the constitutional rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. (i.e. Voting, Representation, and Taxation)

The U.S. was wrong to annex the island of Puerto Rico and hold its political status in perpetuity. Now a portion of the Puerto Rican population wants to continue with unsettled status and get the goodies of U.S. citizenship without the responsibilities. Two wrongs do not make a right.

Only independence or statehood will justly settle the status problem and allow the people of Puerto Rico to move forward with economic and social self-development. The U.S. congress can help facilitate this by limiting future plebiscite choices to independence or statehood.

Edward Estrellado
April 17, 2000

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