Ricky Martin and La Vida Loca in Puerto Rico

Ricky Martin is helping the Puerto Rican people but leadership means staying the course.  And he knows that Puerto Ricans have suffered a lot over the decades.  So what is the leadership about?  There should be a team that talks to each other by phone, internet, FACEBOOK, and more.  Boston manager Alex Cora should be part of that team.  Luis Fonsi must join as well.  J Lo if she has time?  They have to learn all the facts about Puerto Rico.  And they have to unite with the people for the long term work that is really needed.

In an article that I just wrote about poverty in the United States, Puerto Rico has a 44 percent poverty rate and the United States only 12.3 percent.  It’s very important to have good government, but that is not likely to be achieved in the near future.  And how many Puerto Ricans are living from check to check?  When a report was made about Puerto Ricans in New York around 2005 by Assemblyman Peter Rivera of the Bronx, things were not good.  About 1 in every 5 females suffered from depression and had suicidal thoughts and that percent was similar to Puerto Ricans on the island.  Poverty has plagued Puerto Ricans in New York for decades as other Hispanic groups have progressed.  This is certainly no When You Wish Upon A Star moment for Puerto Rico and its people.

I just received a message to join the group of Maria de Lourdes Santiago by Assemblyman Jose Rivera (I like Jose but).  I went to her FACEBOOK and I noticed that I had messaged her on May 30, 2016 or just over three years ago. My message was never answered.  Do I have to say anymore?  Part of what I wrote appears in an old article that was published after my visit to the Dominican Republic.  That article now appears on my website on the page called La Fuerza 2020 DDT.  Here is that article.  I had a meeting in the American embassy in Santo Domingo with Ambassador Raul Yzaguirre that really went nowhere.  A

In general we should find out from the government of Puerto Rico and its people just what other elected officials who are Puerto Rican (on the mainland) have contributed to Puerto Rico in terms of ideas that have helped the people?  The SOMOS EL FUTURO Conference is part of the historical record that could reveal what one government learns from another and I am not referring to corruption.  Great ideas that can be put into practice.  Solutions.  This is an international problem that I refer to here and I have asked the governments of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to come together to discuss solutions to their problems.  Puerto Rico could join in if those nations take my suggestion seriously.  The failure of Puerto Rico and the countries mentioned here is the collective failure of all its people.  Corruption is everywhere and I have been critical of Puerto Rico’s government for a long time.  And we cannot suddenly put blind trust in anyone in politics.  That’s why we need a major discussion about where this situation will lead because political parties everywhere have failed us.

Donald Trump just lied again about US giving Puerto Rico $92 billion.  That kind of politics has to be addressed strongly by all Puerto Ricans including Trump’s supporters.  When Maria caused great damage, I was on the phone with Kenneth Mc Clintock who informed me that his assessment of the situation was that New York’s governor could help by providing water filters.  And within days after I contacted Cuomo’s office a donation of $1 million was provided for water filters.  Around that time a strong supporter of Donald Trump in Florida challenged me to donate a lot of money to aid small farms in Puerto Rico.  Food for the future is important, but there was lots of great work to feed Puerto Ricans who could become sick and die under the conditions that were present for a long time.  All of this tells us that we do not need cameo performances from anyone.  We need long term commitment.  And nobody should be building up his or her brand as some Puerto Ricans have achieved.  The team has to learn and grow and act like political or elected leaders where a staff provides information to the legislator or the governor.  That is where people who can make a difference come into play.  This is all achieved through access, not selecting friends or waiting around for friends to show up.

School will be starting soon in Puerto Rico and students have to be kept on track so they won’t fall behind.  The debate over charter schools has divided people.  Great leadership is needed now.  Here is my article about Governor Rosselló attending the N.A.A.C.P. Convention last year where that organization granted support for Puerto Rican Statehood and then rescinded it.  My views are very well known to the N.A.A.C.P. on charter schools, but the Puerto Rican government never opened a dialogue with me about charter schools since the governor wished to open more charter schools.  And here is my Latino Lives Matter article published in Jewish Business News.  And who wouldn’t want the children to learn various Romance languages so that they can have more opportunities in the future?  I can tell all of Puerto Rico that when I tried to find out about the new high school equivalency test that Puerto Rico started to use, no information was provided to me.  Throughout the 21st Century up to now, the census taken in 2000 revealed that a million adults in Puerto Rico needed a diploma and in some years the Education Department granted around 1,000 diplomas in a year when a decade earlier the government had granted well over 20,000 diplomas in a year.  The on-going financial crisis contributed to that great decline and in some years Puerto Rico would not even provide the data for each year.  In addition the G.E.D. administrator could not be found by the president of the G.E.D. Testing Service or by me.  And I tried lots of times.  And Puerto Rico has to learn more about parent involvement in the schools.  What has the attendance been like at meetings and how are the Title One funds used?  Are high school graduates failing their college placement exams in large numbers?  New York was well known for not preparing students well for college, including under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  I learned just a few years ago that the local community college near my home finally figured out how to help much greater numbers of students pass the college placement exam and it’s the same way that we provided help to students to pass the G.E.D.  

Puerto Ricans need new services now.  The people of Puerto Rico must have an open discussion of everything that matters in their lives.  This discussion has been needed for a long time, but once the great emergency resulting from Hurricane Maria hit the island, that discussion deserved to be put on hold to save lives and protect people.  Once things cleared and matters were under control, that discussion should have taken place instead of conducting business as usual.  I tried to get New York State to copy a model that was agreed to in Florida.  That model was that Puerto Ricans arriving on the mainland could obtain a Puerto Rican High School diploma in each state by satisfying the requirements of education of Puerto Rico.  I appealed to people in government here in New York including the governor and the borough president of the Bronx.  Nobody followed up that discussion that I started.  This is the way people in government almost always prefer to act.  I call it the corruption of the human mind.  I also contacted the Fortaleza about this matter.  You can access the critical information about this on my Puerto Rican Help After Hurricane Maria page on my website.  You will also hear a telephone conference call that I did with the help of Kenneth McClintock, former senator and secretary of state of Puerto Rico, and others.  This is the moment for much more in Puerto Rico than impeachment of the governor.  This is the moment for revolution by educating the people much more and demanding much better staffing in government.

In a New York Daily News editorial just now it was written to “forget about” Rosselló and “help the people” at this time.  The Daily News has its reasons.  Rosselló is toxic and should resign.  Trump is a major concern of the editorial and Trump is more toxic and he should resign.  What I hope for is this.  I hope that Ricky Martin will make a long-term commitment to helping the Puerto Rican people long after this major controversy surrounding the Fortaleza is over.  Let’s open the discussion now.


Ricky Martin is helping the Puerto Rican people but leadership means staying the course.  And he knows that Puerto Ricans have suffered a lot over the decades.  So what is the leadership about?  There should be a team that talks to each other by phone, internet, FACEBOOK, and more.  Boston manager Alex Cora should be part of that team.  Luis Fonsi must join as well.  J Lo if she has time?  They have to learn all the facts about Puerto Rico.  And they have to unite with the people for the long term work that is really needed.

In an article that I just wrote about poverty in the United States, Puerto Rico has a 44 percent poverty rate and the United States only 12.3 percent.  It’s very important to have good government, but that is not likely to be achieved in the near future.  And how many Puerto Ricans are living from check to check?  When a report was made about Puerto Ricans in New York around 2005 by Assemblyman Peter Rivera of the Bronx, things were not good.  About 1 in every 5 females suffered from depression and had suicidal thoughts and that percent was similar to Puerto Ricans on the island.  Poverty has plagued Puerto Ricans in New York for decades as other Hispanic groups have progressed.  This is certainly no When You Wish Upon A Star moment for Puerto Rico and its people.

I just received a message to join the group of Maria de Lourdes Santiago by Assemblyman Jose Rivera (I like Jose but).  I went to her FACEBOOK and I noticed that I had messaged her on May 30, 2016 or just over three years ago. My message was never answered.  Do I have to say anymore?  Part of what I wrote appears in an old article that was published after my visit to the Dominican Republic.  That article now appears on my website on the page called La Fuerza 2020 DDT.  Here is that article.  I had a meeting in the American embassy in Santo Domingo with Ambassador Raul Yzaguirre that really went nowhere.  And you can read my latest article about where things have gone wrong.

In general we should find out from the government of Puerto Rico and its people just what other elected officials who are Puerto Rican (on the mainland) have contributed to Puerto Rico in terms of ideas that have helped the people?  The SOMOS EL FUTURO Conference is part of the historical record that could reveal what one government learns from another and I am not referring to corruption.  Great ideas that can be put into practice.  Solutions.  This is an international problem that I refer to here and I have asked the governments of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to come together to discuss solutions to their problems.  Puerto Rico could join in if those nations take my suggestion seriously.  The failure of Puerto Rico and the countries mentioned here is the collective failure of all its people.  Corruption is everywhere and I have been critical of Puerto Rico’s government for a long time.  And we cannot suddenly put blind trust in anyone in politics.  That’s why we need a major discussion about where this situation will lead because political parties everywhere have failed us.

Donald Trump just lied again about US giving Puerto Rico $92 billion.  That kind of politics has to be addressed strongly by all Puerto Ricans including Trump’s supporters.  When Maria caused great damage, I was on the phone with Kenneth Mc Clintock who informed me that his assessment of the situation was that New York’s governor could help by providing water filters.  And within days after I contacted Cuomo’s office a donation of $1 million was provided for water filters.  Around that time a strong supporter of Donald Trump in Florida challenged me to donate a lot of money to aid small farms in Puerto Rico.  Food for the future is important, but there was lots of great work to feed Puerto Ricans who could become sick and die under the conditions that were present for a long time.  All of this tells us that we do not need cameo performances from anyone.  We need long term commitment.  And nobody should be building up his or her brand as some Puerto Ricans have achieved.  The team has to learn and grow and act like political or elected leaders where a staff provides information to the legislator or the governor.  That is where people who can make a difference come into play.  This is all achieved through access, not selecting friends or waiting around for friends to show up.

School will be starting soon in Puerto Rico and students have to be kept on track so they won’t fall behind.  The debate over charter schools has divided people.  Great leadership is needed now.  Here is my article about Governor Rosselló attending the N.A.A.C.P. Convention last year where that organization granted support for Puerto Rican Statehood and then rescinded it.  My views are very well known to the N.A.A.C.P. on charter schools, but the Puerto Rican government never opened a dialogue with me about charter schools since the governor wished to open more charter schools.  And here is my Latino Lives Matter article published in Jewish Business News.  And who wouldn’t want the children to learn various Romance languages so that they can have more opportunities in the future?  I can tell all of Puerto Rico that when I tried to find out about the new high school equivalency test that Puerto Rico started to use, no information was provided to me.  Throughout the 21st Century up to now, the census taken in 2000 revealed that a million adults in Puerto Rico needed a diploma and in some years the Education Department granted around 1,000 diplomas in a year when a decade earlier the government had granted well over 20,000 diplomas in a year.  The on-going financial crisis contributed to that great decline and in some years Puerto Rico would not even provide the data for each year.  In addition the G.E.D. administrator could not be found by the president of the G.E.D. Testing Service or by me.  And I tried lots of times.  And Puerto Rico has to learn more about parent involvement in the schools.  What has the attendance been like at meetings and how are the Title One funds used?  Are high school graduates failing their college placement exams in large numbers?  New York was well known for not preparing students well for college, including under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  I learned just a few years ago that the local community college near my home finally figured out how to help much greater numbers of students pass the college placement exam and it’s the same way that we provided help to students to pass the G.E.D.  

Puerto Ricans need new services now.  The people of Puerto Rico must have an open discussion of everything that matters in their lives.  This discussion has been needed for a long time, but once the great emergency resulting from Hurricane Maria hit the island, that discussion deserved to be put on hold to save lives and protect people.  Once things cleared and matters were under control, that discussion should have taken place instead of conducting business as usual.  I tried to get New York State to copy a model that was agreed to in Florida.  That model was that Puerto Ricans arriving on the mainland could obtain a Puerto Rican High School diploma in each state by satisfying the requirements of education of Puerto Rico.  I appealed to people in government here in New York including the governor and the borough president of the Bronx.  Nobody followed up that discussion that I started.  This is the way people in government almost always prefer to act.  I call it the corruption of the human mind.  I also contacted the Fortaleza about this matter.  You can access the critical information about this on my Puerto Rican Help After Hurricane Maria page on my website.  You will also hear a telephone conference call that I did with the help of Kenneth McClintock, former senator and secretary of state of Puerto Rico, and others.  This is the moment for much more in Puerto Rico than impeachment of the governor.  This is the moment for revolution by educating the people much more and demanding much better staffing in government.

In a New York Daily News editorial just now it was written to “forget about” Rosselló and “help the people” at this time.  The Daily News has its reasons.  Rosselló is toxic and should resign.  Trump is a major concern of the editorial and Trump is more toxic and he should resign.  What I hope for is this.  I hope that Ricky Martin will make a long-term commitment to helping the Puerto Rican people long after this major controversy surrounding the Fortaleza is over.  Let’s open the discussion now.

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