PUERTO RICO: Question of Status

Will Puerto Rico become the 51st U.S. state? The one-two admission of Alaska and Hawaii variously stirred regrets, misgivings or condescensions last week on the U.S. island in the Caribbean that calls itself a Free Associated State, or Commonwealth. El Mundo, the island's largest newspaper, admiring the tidy formality of the link to the Federal Government that the other noncontiguous territories achieved in statehood, called the commonwealth relationship "a sloppy and ridiculous rag doll." The Statehood Party (24% of the vote in the last election) took new hope. But the architect...

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