IRLS 210 Puerto Rica is an island with a population
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For this assignment, write a letter to someone related to the local issue you highlighted on the forum. You do not need to provide your return address for the assignment, but you will need to include it if you decide to send your letter. Provide the name and mailing address of one person you could contact regarding the local issue at the top of your submission. Then write a four paragraph letter using this format:
Paragraph 1: introduce yourself and explain the problem; (I’ll do this paragraph)
Paragraph 2: explain the relevant history of the problem;
Paragraph 3: explain concepts and theories related to the problem; and,
Paragraph 4: propose possible solutions and explain what you want this person to do.
Further instructions: Your letter should have a professional tone and look. This letter is still deemed a practice in academic writing; therefore, yes, sources and proper in-text citations for those sources should be utilized – those sources add legitimacy to your claims – be sure to provide citations using Turabian citation style/format. Use 12 pitch, Times New Roman font and 1 inch margins.
Over the past decade the economic situation in my home land Puerto Rico have severely
declined. “For decades, Puerto Rico’s economy was powered by U.S. firms, particularly shoe
factories and pharmaceutical firms. These companies set up factories that hired relatively lowcost workers and book profits under favorable tax laws.” (Ehrenfreund, washingtonpost.com)
Once the tax break law was phased out factories and firms up and left the island leaving
hundreds of thousand or Puerto Ricans unemployed. Currently there is an alarming 12%
unemployment rate far higher than the average for the states. This has jumped started Puerto
Ricans to uproot their families and leave the island at also an alarming number. According to an
article from Jeffrey Acevedo over 84,000 Puerto Ricans have left the island. The highest number
ever since the 1940s when the masses left the island searching for the American dream.
What can be done? Economists blame the government, for they have let the population down by
understating the islands debt and not paying what the island owed. Recently the government
announced they could not pay the islands global debt, which is a staggering 72 billion dollars
comparable to an also deeply troubled country Greece and the worst in debt state Detroit. At this
point the only solution is for the United States to step in a possibly bail them out or create a
repayment plan. For the political parties have continuously proven they cannot correctly run the
island and cannot be trusted.
“Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. It became a U.S. territory in 1898, when it was
acquired from Spain after the Spanish-American War.” (Puertoricoreport.com)
Ever since I grew up on the island thirty some years ago they have been passing referendums to
make the Island a state, which I have been opposed to, but at this point there is no solution in
sight and the Island cannot sustain itself. I believe it is time for the United States to step in and
finally make Puerto Rico my beloved Island the fifty first State. Will that solve the problem?
Honestly I do not know, but what is very evident is, that the current situation does not work and
will not get better any time soon.
"Puerto Rico: A U.S. Territory – Puerto Rico Report." Puerto Rico Report. N.p., n.d. Web. 28
"Puerto Ricans Leaving Island at Historic Rate." CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 28 July
"Things in Puerto Rico Are Getting Really Bad: What You Need to Know." Washington Post.
The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 28 July 2016.