Situation in Puerto Rico is unacceptable
We would never accept it if 75 percent of a state’s residents were still without power and almost a quarter were without water more than a month after a natural disaster. It would be an all-hands-on-deck and it would lead the news every night.
Well, that is the situation in Puerto Rico.
We have allowed a disinterested federal response, starting from President Trump down, to turn Puerto Rico’s crisis into a second-tier emergency. While the official death toll from Hurricane Maria is 51, the numbers don’t include those who have died because of the devastation left in the storm’s wake — a number some estimate at close to 900. ... Yes, being an island does add complications to the recovery. But that is not an invitation for a lackadaisical response to rebuilding. It started with resistance to immediately suspending what’s known as the Jones Act — which requires goods shipped in the United States to be on vessels owned, operated and built by Americans — slowing down immediate access to aid. ... Seventy-five percent of Puerto Rico is still without power. That is not acceptable, and we must make sure it is not ignorable any longer.