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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JUNE 20, 2012 6:30 AM

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GOP said what?

After reading what Republicans from Iowa were thinking for Puerto Rico USA, I was very surprised and I cannot believe what my fellow Republicans in Iowa were proposing.

No statehood for Puerto Rico? We have served in the armed forces and are proud of our contributions to the United States — what were these guys thinking?

Now I understand pretty well President John Kennedy's words when he assured people that the United States was a nation of immigrants and that the country was open to every human being of the world.  

In the case of Puerto Rico, you are talking about a territory that for more than 100 years has been a colony of the United States, and we request a formal action to be your 51st state.

You are denying our natural rights to the U.S. Constitution, but when trouble arises, you request that Puerto Ricans defend our nation, and no matter how much blood we gather together with our brothers in the continental states, you never considered us as one of your fellow citizens. Shame on you, and God forgive Republicans from Iowa, because you don't deserve to be treated like humans.

From a fellow Republican, together with more than 3.7 million American citizens living in the island of Puerto Rico.

Manuel Fernando Navedo
Naranjito, Puerto Rico


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