Robbing The Peasants of Puerto Rico

First and foremost I must say I have grown to love this island I now live on very much. Puerto Rico has so much to offer. The food is great; the beaches for the most part are clean and the woman I love lives here. The sunrise is magnificent and the sunset is awesome. In many ways I feel like I am in paradise.

Now that I told you some of the positives, I must hit a negative. This problem is just beginning and I see it becoming a very large issue and may bog down the courts of justice. I feel it is stupid and we need those courts to convict rapists, thieves and murderers; not everyday people and tourists.

Before I go into it, warm your mind first with a couple pictures of the positive I told you about.

Puerto Rico Sunrise
Puerto Rico Sunrise
Puerto Rico Sunset
Puerto Rico Sunset
Route #66 Carolina, Puerto Rico to Canovanas, Puerto Rico
Route #66 Carolina, Puerto Rico to Canovanas, Puerto Rico | Source
PR #3 Carolina, Puerto Rico to Fajardo, Puerto Rico
PR #3 Carolina, Puerto Rico to Fajardo, Puerto Rico | Source

DTop And AutoExpreso

Maggie, my love, has wanted to show me all of Puerto Rico. We have been doing just that. I have also been the one driving much of the time and I must say on many of the roads here it is like driving on the moon. There are craters and potholes everywhere. The main highways, which would be considered interstates in the United States, you do find holes, but not nearly as bad. These highways have toll booths set up in many places. The two main ones we take are #66 and #3. They run parallel to each other ; See the maps (click them to see them in a larger format). The tolls range from $1.00 to $3.00. A trip to anywhere can cost a lot if you take these roads to keep from driving on the moon.

DTop which is the Department of Transportation in Puerto Rico set up a special system called Auto Expreso which is a tag on your windshield and you get a card much like a debit card. You could also go through these booths and pay cash which many people do instead of the card which initially is $20 and must be renewed for at least $5. The DTop has said they are going to go to a complete system of no cash, just the Auto Expreso. This, is the problem! Read on and understand!

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The Locals

My love is a school teacher; special education is her specialty. Maggie told me something one day that brought tears to my eyes. Many of you know how I feel about children and she explained how there are some of the students she has had that have not laid their eyes on the ocean. I said "what! How on an island this small can not these kids see the ocean?" There are poor people here that cannot afford to pay these tolls and DTop has just made that more difficult.

We almost found out the hard way yesterday when we were cruising and realized the last time we went through AutoExpreso the light flashed yellow meaning the card needed a refill. We had cash but we came to a toll booth that had been changed to no cash. Thank God there was still $2 on the card. I questioned what would have happened if we didn't have the money on the card. So I went to the tried and true Google search engine to research. The findings:

If a person doesn't have AutoExpreso you better have 20$ on you. If you do have it you better have at least $5 on you if it is empty, even if the toll is only $1. There is no turning around as these are one-way roads with dividers, so how DTop gets you is with a $100 fine.

Talk about putting a dent in tourism!

What about those kids who have never seen the ocean?

I must say that whomever is running DTop and AutoExpreso should pull their heads out of that dark hole it is in.

Also, where is all that money going? I see car upon car going through these booths and it wouldn't surprise me if just the booths on the two roads I mentioned were making around $500,000+ a day.

At least the politicians could pull some of that out of their pockets and make sure some of these poor children could see and swim in the ocean.

I am not saying to not have the tolls, but at least make it cash too. As Tom Hanks once said "Stupid is as stupid does". Was Forrest Gump stranded on Puerto Rico?

I say quit thinking about yourselves and think about your people and your country. You, the politicians, will do much better if the peasants are doing well; that has been shown for years by many leaders of many countries.

This is the first installment of things I find wrong in Puerto Rico, may the leaders listen! Remember what a famous Puerto Rican leader said:

Death is the same for the weak and for the strong, for the poor and for the rich

Luis Munoz-Marin quotes (Journalist and commonwealth governor, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Boricua Pride Is Calling!


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mikeq107 5 years ago

Great Hub...it really makes you sick...greed is nothing but fear of poverty and eventualy as history has shown us will over throw you as we are seeing in the middle east. just came back from maui and met with many locals and heard how their land was taken from them...I plan to move there shortly.....One man told me that the best way out of poverty is to educate the children so that they can stand up as one large voice....the 1% that have all the money fear the people gaining knowledge..as happened in India with one man gandi...I know you get the point...great hub...glad you guys are doing well!!!!

Mike :0)


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Froggy213 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thanks mike! You are so right.These politicians need to live a poor life for awhile so they understand. I always appreciate your comments my friend.


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

Froggy213, You need to write a letter to the governor! As the hub shows I wrote recently he has gone to great lenghts to deregulate and get Puerto Rico heading in the right direction!...........Heck! he has created more jobs on your island than Obama has in 3 years across the entire country! LOL!


Maria Ruiz 5 years ago

Our island is wonderful and I really feel bless being here(Even though I love Africa). This Hub is very informative and well written; which I pray it could make a difference. Feeding knowledge as Mike says is fear to many...and those many are the ones this Hub should get to. Irresponsible, thieves and not compromised people are in that list.

I really need to know about those jobs that American Romance mentioned. I guess he might be confused with another governor or he might need to see the effects of the law that Mr. Fortuño...our governor....threw many, many, many to the streets creating chaos and so much emotional and economic disaster.


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Froggy213 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thanks Maggie. American Romance needs to move down here and see. I think he has been fed a line.

I also apologize for quoting Marin as he was a killer in his own way. I know he used radiation or electric treatments on Albizu Campos killing him.

It's just that the quote fit.


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

Froggy, if I have been fed a line then read my hub and comment on it!.........of course prove it wrong!


revivor 4 years ago

sounds like a great place to live, all things condidered


browncesar 3 years ago

First let me say that my belief in a free and independent Puerto Rico does not make me anti-American. I believe and hold dear all of the principles that the founding fathers believed in. With regards to Puerto Rico and if it should be a state or its own country, please note that I have used the term country here rather than nation or republic so as to differentiate it from political status, government type or ideological abstraction such as nation. I believe we are already a nation, a people with common history and characteristics. We live in a country that belongs to us but is not our own, a country that has been under colonial rule for hundreds of years. Throughout its long history of exploitation and oppression, the Puerto Rican people have survived and this gives testimony to our national spirit. Colonial powers have silenced independence movements and are the reason why many fear even making mention of the word. Our natural resources are also a topic that always enters the discussion of status. The reality is that our geographical position is our most valuable resource. Being at the cross roads of the North American, South American, European and African continents gives us strategic advantages in commerce since 90% of all goods travel by waters. Second, many countries with little or no natural resources have significant economies, e.g. Hong Kong. In response to the statement of agriculture and working for free. First, we must understand that there is a psychological dimension to working the land, especially how to disassociate it from the slave labor that it came to represent. This may be solved through land reform and subsistence farming. Much if not all the economic problems in my opinion is rooted in the use of a foreign currency and international monetary system. Creating a currency backed by our wealth in gold and other resources can be used to fuel a nascent economy. Joining the world’s nations will serve as a symbol of freedom, ending the existence of the oldest colony on earth. It may be a transition as delineated but the U.N. and its current decolonization process and support from the United States. I've touched upon many topics here and have left much out so as to be concise and expect many questions.

Viva Puerto Rico Libre!


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Froggy213 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you Browncesar--your comment is very well written and thought provoking. I appreciate your comment.


Jose M Lopez Sierra 17 months ago

The Second Oscar – Mandela March in New York City 2015

We will be having our 2nd Oscar – Mandela Protest March on Monday, June 22, 2015. We will start marching peacefully at 9 AM from Hunter College on East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, to East 43rd Street and Lexington Avenue. We will then go East (turning left) to end up at the Ralph Bunche Park on First Avenue (across from the United Nations).

We will be at the park until 5 PM. We will be giving out flyers and talking to people about who Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera is. We will also be educating the public about Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the government of the United States (US).

Most people don’t know that every year, usually on the Monday after Fathers’ Day, the United Nations holds its hearing about the decolonization of Puerto Rico. The petitioners will usually join our protest after this meeting.

The UN determined in 1960 that colonialism is a crime against humanity. Since then, the UN has issued 33 resolutions asking for the US government to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico. The US government has ignored these resolutions. What kind of democracy is that?

The US government tries to keep these hearings a secret. What we are trying to do is to get them out of the closet. The UN is in its 3rd decade trying to make the world colony-free. Please help us!

Most people also don’t know that the United States government takes out 14 times more money than what it invests in Puerto Rico. But, that is what colonies are for!

This savage exploitation impedes Puerto Rico’s ability to provide opportunities for Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico. That is why there are now more Puerto Ricans living away from Puerto Rico than in their homeland.

Oscar López Rivera has been incarcerated for 34 years for his struggle to decolonize Puerto Rico. Since colonialism is an international crime, international law gives Oscar the right to use whatever means necessary to decolonize his homeland. Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years for doing the same thing as Oscar. This is why we say, Oscar López Rivera is our Nelson Mandela!

United Partners for Puerto Rico Decolonization invites the public to be part of the tsunami of people that will be necessary to make the US government comply with the UN resolutions. These annual protests in Puerto Rico and at the UN are absolutely necessary, because, those who maintain colonies, don’t believe in justice for all!

José M López Sierra

www.TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR.blogspot.com

787-429-1981

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