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For Puerto Ricans Off the Island,
a Struggle to Make Contact After Maria

New York Times, by Richard Fausset

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 9/21/2017 9:01:29 PM

For the more than five million Puerto Ricans living on the United States mainland, it was bad enough to watch news reports on Wednesday of Hurricane Maria ripping through an island where relatives and friends lived. What made it worse was not knowing how their loved ones had fared. With the entire power grid knocked out and with more than 95 percent of wireless cell sites out of service, communication was all but impossible on Thursday, and an already emotional day became even harder for the Puerto Rican diaspora.

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Hard time ahead for the Puerto Ricans. One really dumb thing they did years ago was to chase our naval base used for bombing runs off the island.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dvc, 9/21/2017 9:51:37 PM     (No. 11391008)

Traveled to PR on business many times, spent weeks at a time there, but that was in the 70s, in an earlier life.

Best wishes to the island, but they were always a bit on the ´wing and a prayer´ for all services, so it is easy to understand how long it may take them to get back. Whole lot of folks then living on welfare and a few chickens, mango and other tropical fruit trees in the yard and not much else in the countryside in those days, not sure how much has changed.
I had a friend who was an engineering prof at a university, they were doing some good work for a low budget program. Pleasant place to visit in the 70s.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: provide, 9/22/2017 8:38:58 AM     (No. 11391386)

Democrats will want bring the entire voting population to the mainland until everthing is repaired.

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