- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 24, 2009


In “The state of the Puerto Rico debate” (Letter, Monday), the president of the opposition Popular Democratic Party, Hector J. Ferrer, calls the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009 (H.R. 2499) “unfair and undemocratic” in what turns out to be a monumental oxymoron. The proposed bill by Rep. Pedro R. Pierluisi Urrutia, Puerto Rico Democrat, was a major issue in the platform he presented to Puerto Ricans in last November’s elections. The Puerto Rican electorate, knowing full well the implications of Mr. Pierluisi’s program for change, supported it overwhelmingly - with a 54 percent majority. Mr. Ferrer, that is democracy in action!

The people of Puerto Rico have made clear their desire to decide in a referendum whether they should continue to be an “unincorporated territory of the U.S.” or become a sovereign independent republic or a state of the union. To deny the Puerto Rican people the opportunity of a direct vote because Mr. Ferrer is afraid of losing the referendum is an act worthy of a colonialist mentality.

Enough is enough. Give Puerto Rico the opportunity to put an end to 516 years of colonial rule.



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