Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Philip Bump The Washington Post April 02, 2019 President Trump’s antipathy toward the ongoing relief effort in Puerto Rico burst into full view on Tuesday morning. Multiple news reports over the past few months have suggested that the president opposes spending more money on the island, including stories late last month that he’d specifically derided the amount being spent on recovery in a visit to Capitol Hill. Trump has long been criticized for his slow response to the damage caused by Hurricane Maria in the summer of 2017, and he has consistently tried to deflect blame for the storm’s aftermath, which left nearly 3,000 people dead.On Monday, the Senate failed to pass legislation providing funding to bolster the food-stamp program on the island along with relief for floods in the Midwest. Last month, funding for food stamps ran out in Puerto … [Read more...] about Nearly everything Trump just said about Puerto Rico is wrong
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opinion Nolan Finley The Detroit News Published 10:16 PM EST Jan 14, 2019 With the federal government in partial shutdown, more than 30 Democratic Congress members and their families breezed off to a beach resort in Puerto Rico last weekend for a junket with lobbyists. Among the group was the Detroit area's own Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Fortunately, Lawrence and her colleagues didn't have to walk past the airport TSA staffers who are working without pay: they flew on a private jet chartered by BOLD PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Joining them at the $425-a-night resort were 109 lobbyists from large K Street firms, executives from corporations including Facebook, R.J. Reynolds and Microsoft, and unions, including the National Education Association. Ostensibly a fact-finding mission to show the delegation the devastation remaining from two hurricanes, the getaway featured a special performance of the play Hamilton and a party with the … [Read more...] about Finley: Lawrence joins Puerto Rico beach party
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | Why Puerto Rico Is No. 1 on Our Places to Go List Supported by Recovering from Hurricane Maria, in 2019 the island represents so many fragile spots around the globe. ByMireya Navarro Jan. 9, 2019 Leer en español For as long as I can remember growing up in Puerto Rico, El Morro, the indestructible fort with the endless lawns at the entrance to San Juan harbor, was where you went to fly a kite. And on a recent sunny afternoon, just as expected, a couple and their young son were there trying to catch an updraft to loft a plastic butterfly with a long blue tail into the sky. On Fortaleza Street, an art installation of colorful umbrellas hovered above pedestrians, triggering countless selfies. A short ferry ride away from the old city, at the Bacardí rum distillery in the town of Cataño, … [Read more...] about Why Puerto Rico Is No. 1 on Our Places to Go List
By Jessica Kwong | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: December 21, 2018 at 3:45 pm | UPDATED: December 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm A year and a few months after hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, I wondered if the time was right to visit. I knew my tourist dollars would go toward a good cause and help with recovery, but questions about safety, electricity and accessibility made me hesitant to book what is one of the easiest Caribbean islands to travel to. With a little bit of research, I gathered that most of the capital, San Juan, and other oft-frequented parts of the U.S. territory have been set to welcome tourists for a while. I packed my American dollars and left my passport at home. Old San Juan, the historic colonial barrio of the capital, on first stroll looked untouched by Maria. The cobblestone streets were spotless, the Spanish colonial buildings bright and colorful, and visitors flocked to the hundreds of pink, purple, yellow, green and blue umbrellas on … [Read more...] about Travel: Is it too soon for tourists to return to Puerto Rico?
Andrea Sachs, The Washington Post Published 1:00 pm CST, Friday, December 7, 2018 Beachside pools at El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico. . Beachside pools at El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico. . Photo: El San Juan Hotel Photo: El San Juan Hotel Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 Beachside pools at El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico. . Beachside pools at El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico. . Photo: El San Juan Hotel 'Better than before': Puerto Rico's recovery is nearly complete 1 / 5 Back to Gallery Hurricane Maria did a job on El San Juan Hotel, the storied property in Puerto Rico where Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli once crooned. Water seeped into the lobby and … [Read more...] about ‘Better than before’: Puerto Rico’s recovery is nearly complete