Home / Perspectives / Hurricane Maria: one year later
flag of puerto rico
Puerto Rican flag

Hurricane Maria: one year later

Hurricane Maria, regarded by CNN,  is the “deadliest natural disaster to hit Puerto Rico.” This is also being noted as the third costliest Atlantic hurricane totaling a massive $91.6 billion in damage.

President Trump had a stark contradiction when he commented that only 16 people had died; that this was not a real catastrophe. The worst thing for a president to say to his people who just underwent a tragedy is that it was not tragic enough for us to care.
As a country we showed little reverence for Puerto Rico.

Fox News reported the death toll as being “more than 4,600 people,” yet it is not a catastrophe by the president’s standards. These statements prove that Donald Trump is either an incompetent, pathological liar or a combination of both.

Either way, this is exactly how the U.S. treated their territory of Puerto Rico, which is only roughly three hours away from Florida. Puerto Rico deserves our aid and help.

Puerto Rico was clearly devastated, yet did not receive much aid. Puerto Ricans, being U.S. citizens did not get much of the compassion nor aid that other us citizens received, and they certainly did not receive it promptly. They did not get the help they deserve. This needs to be a reminder to Americans that Puerto Ricans are Americans as well.

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, FEMA had supplies and meals before the storm even hit the ground. When Hurricane Irma hit Florida, 40,000 federal troops were in place and were delivering relief aid. Both disasters were handled promptly, and the survivors were treated with dignity. Puerto Ricans deserve that same assistance.

According to NPR, Puerto Rico went six months without electricity in their homes. Trump thought it necessary to mention how old their city grid was and attributed the outdated hardware as the main reason the entire territory was without power. Trump also mentioned that Texas and Florida were doing great with their recovery. Trump mishandled a lot during the Puerto Rican crisis and comes off as a “rube.”

Furthermore, the American citizens donated more than $5 million while private businesses donated more than $157 million to Texas alone.Chicago Tribune reports that the U.S. government gave both states more than $36.5 billion. No one is against helping our fellow citizens, yet Puerto Ricans are fellow citizens aid was not distributed efficiently. Americans do not understand that Puerto Rico is not a foreign country; however, they are fellow American citizens.

13 days after the hurricane hit Puerto Rico President Trump decided to meander around to the people that he is supposed to be leading. When he arrived there, he spent four hours in the country while shooting supplies at the survivors like merchandise at a concert.

It has been one year after the fact and Puerto Rico is only receiving a fraction of what they need to rebuild. PBS reports that 40,000 students were forced to drop out or relocate. The people of Puerto Rico have been abandoned. The only modicum of hope they had was being annexed as a state. The Puerto Rican people deserve just as much from us, if not more than Floridians and Texans. We are all American citizens.

About Demetrius Hobss

Check Also

Rapid growth affects campus dining

APSU is not coming up with new food options for students. When living on campus, it ...

7 comments

  1. I spent four years trying EVERYTHING in Online Dating, and through a huge amount of trial and error, I produced a system that I will share for you. This book will take you, step by step, through everything you need to know to double, triple or even quadruple the number of women you meet online.

  2. Needed to write you this very small word just to say thanks over again regarding the pleasant guidelines you have featured above. It has been simply seriously generous of you to deliver easily what exactly many people would have sold as an e-book to end up making some profit for their own end, notably given that you might have tried it in the event you wanted. These basics as well worked to become fantastic way to recognize that many people have similar desire just like my very own to find out many more around this matter. Certainly there are millions of more pleasurable periods ahead for folks who read carefully your website.

  3. Lob頭 繼續大熱!即跟6位女星剪走長髮 造型打扮 Grooming 新Monday Lob頭可謂是近年紅爆全球的髮型,眼看一個又一個的長髮女神,也狠心的將留了多年的秀髮剪短,就知道Lob頭的魅力有幾驚人!所謂的Lob頭,其實就是「Long Bob」,比Bob頭長一點,但又未長到肩膀的長度,清爽活潑又散發出女人味。以下這6位女神,就是剪了Lob頭後感覺煥然一新的示範,保證看完讓你心郁郁想剪頭髮!

  4. I want to point out my admiration for your kind-heartedness for individuals that need assistance with this particular issue. Your special dedication to passing the solution across appeared to be rather helpful and has in every case allowed girls much like me to reach their endeavors. This important suggestions indicates a great deal to me and much more to my mates. Many thanks; from all of us.

  5. With thanks! Valuable information!

  6. CO2激光(CO2 laser / 二氧化碳激光)的波長是10600nm,照射到皮膚上會被皮膚的水份吸收,瞬間將皮膚有問題的組織氣化。CO2激光可以用來消除各種皮膚問題包括疣、癦、痣、脂溢性角化、粉刺和汗管瘤等。當治療後,您的皮膚需要5至10天時間復原。期間保持傷口清潔便可。優點:CO2激光所切割的深度比刮除術較深,亦較精準。可以處理較深層的皮膚問題,例如去除癦、油脂粒、肉粒、疣、珍珠疣、角質增生等。其復原亦較快,減少留下疤痕的機會。它最大的優點在於,能夠進一步減少激光治療過程當中的熱損傷反應,提升了激光治療的安全性,治療過程中幾乎沒有疼痛感

  7. Likely I am likely to save your blog post. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *