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Choice News THURSDAY, NOV 8, 2012  |  15 comments
Puerto Rico wants to become the 51st state of the US
Voters in Puerto Rico have supported a non-binding referendum to become a full US state.

The measure will require approval from the US Congress, but President Barack Obama has said he will respect the vote.

The island is currently a US territory, which uses the dollar and whose citizens travel on US passports.

But it does not return senators to the US Congress and is represented in Washington by a non-voting delegate.


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Titus  Find all comments by Titus
Do not confuse us with statistics and facts.

German Heredia wrote:
I live in Puerto Rico. I am a believer and attend to a bilingual Baptist church. Important facts of Puerto Rico:
Puerto Rico has sent thousands of evangelical missionaries for many years to several countries of the world. The gospel has been here since 1898.
•The official languages are English and Spanish. English is taught since Kindergarten to high school
•Highly educated, productive and bilingual workforce •The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), the premier engineering and science institution of the Caribbean and Latin America, ranks 1st in graduating Hispanic engineers and 2nd in graduating female engineers
•We pay federal Social Security and Medicare taxes.
•No Passport is required
•11 of the top 20 prescription drugs sold in the US are manufactured in Puerto Rico
•San Juan’s (San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico) quality of life and visitor experience ranked as the third best among 35 top U.S. cities and ahead of Miami, NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego and Honolulu - Travel & Leisure Magazine’s 2011
•Most technologically advanced convention center in the Caribbean and Latin America
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News Item11/14/12 2:54 PM
German Heredia | Puerto Rico  Contact via emailFind all comments by German Heredia
I live in Puerto Rico. I am a believer and attend to a bilingual Baptist church. Important facts of Puerto Rico:
Puerto Rico has sent thousands of evangelical missionaries for many years to several countries of the world. The gospel has been here since 1898.
•The official languages are English and Spanish. English is taught since Kindergarten to high school
•Highly educated, productive and bilingual workforce •The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), the premier engineering and science institution of the Caribbean and Latin America, ranks 1st in graduating Hispanic engineers and 2nd in graduating female engineers
•We pay federal Social Security and Medicare taxes.
•No Passport is required
•11 of the top 20 prescription drugs sold in the US are manufactured in Puerto Rico
•San Juan’s (San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico) quality of life and visitor experience ranked as the third best among 35 top U.S. cities and ahead of Miami, NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego and Honolulu - Travel & Leisure Magazine’s 2011
•Most technologically advanced convention center in the Caribbean and Latin America
•The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2011-2012 Competitiveness Report ranked Puerto Rico 35/142 countries in the world;
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News Item11/12/12 12:09 AM
All  Find all comments by All
I.M. Wright wrote:
Happy Armistice Day to all!
No thanks, that is inappropriate.
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News Item11/11/12 3:58 PM
I.M. Wright | Isles of Langerhans  Find all comments by I.M. Wright
Happy Armistice Day to all!
Residents of Washington DC do not have voting representation in Congress, so maybe they should be allowed to become the Fifty First State. Puerto Rico should be a state if that's what the people and the rest of the US want, but I think Republicans control most State legislatures, so it won't be to their advantage to let DC or PR become a state.
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News Item11/11/12 3:20 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Ah, Mike of N.Y.! Puerto Ricans even those who vote usually vote smart, and want to remain a commonwealth. They have the best of both worlds. They are getting free healthcare, (Oh, Give healthcare a chance to evolve ) and other benefits all without paying tax, even the Cubans don't get that, and one reason I suppose the U.S. gave them so many goodies so they wouldn't go independent and follow Cuba.

But, yes, they should be independent, I wonder if the PR terrorists that struck during the Truman Adm. ever bothered to vote? Perhaps really radical Puerto Ricans don't bother in being part of the "system?" But in any event they should be independent since they are a Latin American country and by nature hostile to the Northern European Protestant Ethic. I think if we offer them sufficient bribes they should stay out Cuba-Venezuela axis if given their independence.

Demand they use and learn English, they would crave their independence then!

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News Item11/10/12 4:44 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
Why Tony Cisneros, that was a well thought out and written response, I don't agree with it, especially what is the "majority" It should really be the majority of adults on the Island, not of those who only vote
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Nope. If there are some who want statehood, but are too lazy to vote on the matter, their opinion counts for nothing. We don't need any more lazy Americans voting for whoever promises them the most goodies. Anyway if they were smart, they would vote for independence. You remember what it meant before it became synonymous with anti-Republican, don't you, Jim?
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News Item11/10/12 3:00 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Why Tony Cisneros, that was a well thought out and written response, I don't agree with it, especially what is the "majority" It should really be the majority of adults on the Island, not of those who only vote

John Y.,

Drs. Ankerberg & Weldon wrote:
If we consider several of these categories in a bit more detail, we will be better able to understand modern Catholicism. First, it should be noted that for Rome, once a person is baptized a Catholic, they are officially held to remain a Catholic, regardless of their degree of variation from Rome. Thus, even the nominal, pagan and evangelical "Catholics" (point 10 above) may be deemed genuinely Catholic irrespective of spiritual condition or belief. This is so because of what Catholics maintain happens in baptism and through other Church sacraments: in essence, with few exceptions once baptized a Catholic, always a Catholic.
excerpt from The Different Categories of Modern Roman Catholici which points out the paganism of the Romish Church as does, List of Heresies and Human Traditions Adopted and Perpetuated by the Roman Catholic Church in th
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News Item11/9/12 8:01 PM
Anthony Joseph Lopez-Cisneros  Find all comments by Anthony Joseph Lopez-Cisneros
As A Former U.S. Congressional Candidate (2002 & 2004) Whose Father Is Of Puerto-Rican-/-Sicilian-Italian Descent; I Think I Can Clear Up A Grave Misconception On The Last Referendum Vote In Puerto Rico; As To It's Future Status In The U.S.A..

Puerto Rico Is Presently A U.S. Territorial Island "Commonwealth"; Whose Legal Designation Is "The Associated State Of Puerto Rico": Whose Citizens Are Legal Citizens Of The U.S.A.--As They Can Travel To & From The U.S. On A U.S. Passport: Without The Need Of A Puerto-Rican Passport.

This Last Referendum (With It's Almost 55% Majority) Is A Petition For The Application Of Full & Legal U.S. Statehood.

Puerto Rico Will Eventually Become The 51st State Of The United States Of America; And, I Am Confident It Will Be To The Fullest Benefit Of The People Of The Island Of Puerto Rico & The People Of The Present 50 States Of The United States Of America.

The Saddest Testament In The Present Congressional Delegation Of U.S. Congressmen Who Are Of Puerto Rican Descent; Is That They've Been Opposed To The 51st Statehood Of Puerto Rico.

Hopefully They Will Now Obey The Voice Of The People Of Puerto Rico & Vote To Admit Puerto Rico As The 51st State Of The U.S.A..

Truthfully, Honestly & Sincerely Yours,

Anthony Joseph Lopez-Cisneros

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News Item11/9/12 7:26 PM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
Jim Lincoln wrote:
Well, President Obama said a "clear majority" and 54% isn't that. What the article didn't point out is the Island is 98% pagan i.e., Catholic (5 reasons Why Catholic is not Christian ) I don't think the majority even speak or know English.
Those Puerto Ricans who served in the U.S. military and who were born on the mainland should be considered citizens. But, the Puerto Rico itself should be cut loose as Cuba and Philippines have.
You must have a different definition of the word pagan than the dictionary if you state that Catholics are pagans? Pagans do not worship Jesus as God but Catholics worship Jesus as God. Therefore Catholics are not pagans. Just what is wrong with Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state? All the territories of the United States should become states. And the United States should take over Mexico and make Mexico part of the United States and divide Mexico into states. Half of Mexico is coming up to the United States anyway. So why not take over Mexico to halt Mexican's from coming up here to the lower 48? More United States companies could be started down in Mexico once Mexico became part of the United States.
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News Item11/9/12 2:45 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
a humble servant in ND wrote:
...as I meditate and apply YOUR word in my life.
You would do well, my friend, to "meditate on and apply God's word in your life" and a good starting point would be these precious portions of God's word:

Romans 3:28 KJV
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

and

Romans 5:1 KJV
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Of course, you will find that believing and applying these texts in your life wil result in excommunication from the Catholic church and any other ecumenical Protestant church, none of which are Christian in the biblical sense of the word.

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News Item11/9/12 2:33 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Sir, you can be offended all you want, but do you know the dividing line between what a Christian and non-Christian is? "Only Scripture," "Only Christ," "Only Grace," "Only Faith," and "To God Alone Be Glory" If you don't believe in that you are an anathema to God--if you do believe in that, you are an anathema to the Romish Church. This is why any Christian has to Come out of the Catholic Church. It is really as simple as that.

Matthew 11
29 "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
30 "For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."---NASB

In some ways Protestantism is "easy Christianity," we don't live by a bunch of man-made rules, which are just part of the The Inadequacy of Moralism. Anyway, the answer is Yes to, Is A Catholic Christian An Oxymoron?

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News Item11/9/12 1:53 PM
a humble servant in ND | Just so Jim gets this right, ND is a state- wouldn't want you getting that wrong  Contact via emailFind all comments by a humble servant in ND
I'll let Jim figure out what my email (ar15dpms) is since he is so knowledgbble and accurate about the things he says.I AM OUTRAGED ANDOFFENDED WITH YOUR STATMENT THAT CATHOLIC ISN'T CHRISTIAN? IT TOOK ME 57YRS? TO REALIZE JESUSLOVEYZ AND FORGIVES MY SINS! AND GAVE IS LOFE FOR MY SIGNS? I'M A CATHOLIC AND GOD HAS LITERALLY SAVED MY LIFE AND KEPT ME OUT OF HELL! SO I NEED TO PRAY FOR YOU THAT YOU MAY FIND HIM AND BECOME A CHRISTIAN LIKE THOSE OF US WHO ARE CHRISTIANS! CATHOLIC AND OTHER DENOMINATIONS THAT BELIEVE IN GOD! PRAY AND MEDIATE TO GOD:
Father, help me to not let this world squeeze me into it's mold, but transform me from the insideloit as I meditate and apply YOUR word in my life. Jim a suggestion for you, before you climb into uour bed tonight, get on your knees first and ask for fotgivness, I hope you don't think your above us christians!!!!!!!
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News Item11/9/12 1:45 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Mathematician's Nephew wrote:
Sorry Uncle Jim, 54% clearly is a majority.
lo siento mucho, it is a majority only if more than 95% or so of the eligible voters voted. Also anything over 50% would be considered a majority by the political party that thought it had the most to gain, for the rest of us, it is only a majority if 70 or 80% of the adults of Puerto Rico wanted it.
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News Item11/8/12 3:54 PM
Mathematician's Nephew  Find all comments by Mathematician's Nephew
Jim Lincoln wrote:
Well, President Obama said a "clear majority" and 54% isn't that.
Sorry Uncle Jim, 54% clearly is a majority.
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News Item11/8/12 2:21 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Well, President Obama said a "clear majority" and 54% isn't that. What the article didn't point out is the Island is 98% pagan i.e., Catholic (5 reasons Why Catholic is not Christian ) I don't think the majority even speak or know English.

Those Puerto Ricans who served in the U.S. military and who were born on the mainland should be considered citizens. But, the Puerto Rico itself should be cut loose as Cuba and Philippines have.

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