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Letters to the Editor
"The democracy that needs strengthening is Puerto Ricos!"
November 1, 2002
RE: Juan Figueroas Column, "Getting Out the Latino Vote" October 25, 2002
Governor Sila Calderons government sponsored get out the vote initiative is a self-serving and hypocritical attempt to curry favor with various elected officials and constituencies here in the states. Mr. Figueroas contention that the millions being spent on this campaign "will strengthen not only Latinos, but democracy as well" fails to highlight one important fact. The democracy that needs strengthening is Puerto Ricos!
Because Island residents have no voting delegation in Congress, they are presently legally disenfranchised within our federal system. The Calderon administration supports this last vestige of political apartheid. The governments money would be better spent trying to permanently resolve its own lack of democracy.
Bronx, NY 10462