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The Star-Ledger Newark, NJ

Hurdles To Statehood

November 23, 2002
Copyright © 2002 The Star-Ledger Newark, NJ. All rights reserved. 

Kenneth McClintock's Nov. 8 op-ed piece supporting statehood for Puerto Rico confused me. He did not mention that in 1998 a nonbinding vote found that Puerto Ricans opposed statehood. Is McClintock advocating that Congress make Puerto Rico a state regardless of the views of the majority?

Puerto Rico receives $9 billion from various federal sources that would be difficult to replace if it became a state. And if Puerto Rico obtained statehood, would our military have the right to use Vieques Island for bombing practice as it does with sites in other states?

I would welcome Puerto Rico as a state if the majority of its 3.6 million residents favored the move.

- Rachel and Bill Funcheon, Watchung

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