• Art Jahnke

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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 18 comments on Dispute with Trump Puts San Juan Mayor, a BU Alum, in Spotlight

  1. As a Puerto Rican, to see what my family and friends are undergoing breaks my heart and soul. To see the inaction, the indifference of the US federal government is just too overwhelming- we as Puerto Rican’s I guess have always have very clearly that this is what being a territory that “belongs to the United States but is not part of it” means, yet under such a humanitarian crisis I guess none of us ever imagine that we will be treated the way we have been treated costing the lives of more than the 16 people reported officially. This is just deplorable. I might be enjoying of the privilege of living here and not there any longer, but my soul and heart lays with my people, my family, my friends, back at my amazing island.

    1. This is just a bizarre thing to say. The people of Puerto Rico are US Citizens–they deserve help regardless of how President Trumps feelings are hurt. Presidents are not supposed to be vindictive and the very fact that you think that he is is one of the most damning things you could have said. Is that really who you think your President is? A thin skinned, angry, man child who won’t do his job if he isn’t praised?

    2. Exactly. The federal government seems to be doing an exemplary job. What this is about is the never-ending hysteria and attempt to criticize the president no matter what he does. She gets filmed in front of pallets of aid, yet she does nothing to help distribute the aid. She’s been asked to contact the FEMA center, but has been largely absent. But, she has time to get a “Help us, we’re dying shirt” printed up or gets it from the media–some have reported that it is CNN that gave her that shirt. She’s doing nothing except criticizing those that are doing something. Ashamed that she is a BU alumnus.

  2. Well I’m glad the truth came out about her not distributing the pallets of food and water in a timely manner. When she was asked to attend FEMA Meetings she NEVER once showed up. Also wondering why this woman would have power and electricity to create a propaganda tshirt and hat -while “claiming” her people were dying…well goes to show her compassion for her staged interviews. Oh it’s so sad these people have such warped minds and cold hearts for other Americans-.

  3. Amidst all this I’m still trying to figure out why Puerto Rico has its own Olympic team. I’m pretty sure both Texas and FLA do not. Not that this should have any influence over helping people in need, but it does speak loudly about how the people of the island feel about being a part of the USA. To me, this is like saying “we don’t want to be a part of the US we want our own identity.” The island has a unique status, and according to the Washington post: “Most people in Puerto Rico don’t pay federal income taxes.” On one hand there is this position of “why aren’t you helping us” and on the other hand “I don’t want to be part of the USA.” Now that they are in need this relationship appears to be non-existent all of the sudden. When the response by the current administration is weak, everyone just wants to point the fingers at the white house. If Puerto Rico was a state with equal standings as other states, with its citizens paying federal taxes the same way other Americans do, then I’d be ready to jump on the liberal slam wagon, but this just isn’t the case. And as for this mayor being a BU grad, apparently BU didn’t teach her the importance of showing up to important meetings at critical times.

    1. It’s just not accurate to draw a connection between Puerto Rico having its own Olympic team and “not wanting to be part of the USA”. In multiple referenda, the large majority of voters have wanted to maintain an association with the U.S., either under the current Commonwealth status or as a state.

      Perhaps Puerto Rico would not have its own Olympic team if, as U.S. citizens, they were allowed to vote. When you talk about not paying taxes, you imply that they are getting a free ride. Do you expect them to pay taxes but not have a vote? What about “no taxation without representation”? The relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico is complicated, but the complications primarily arise from a history of colonialism.

  4. To the author – Why have you included photos of tweets by people like Lady Gaga in your story? Do you think the readers care about the opinion of these wealthy entertainers who live in a bubble of wealth and fortune completely isolated from the needs of common people? In my opinion you are insulting the intelligence of the BU community. “Oh, look what Ellen has to say about this! Now I’m absolutely convinced what a bad man our president is!”

  5. I really don’t understand the negative comments about the mayor of San Juan who is working non-stop to get food & supplies to all the people of Puerto Rico. I think the problem lies in the lack of leadership in govt. in both the executive & legislative branches. People’s lives should take priority over a political agenda. Viva Puerto Rico.

  6. Too many heartless people commenting here, presumably getting their information from biased right-wing sources. Mayor Yulin isn’t flawless, but she’s doing what’s possible for her city & island. Her critics here have probably done nothing to help. She is a credit to BU; they are not.

    — BU Alumnus

  7. I believe something ignored in this discussion is the legacy of neglect by the Puerto Rico power authority. The entire grid has been neglected for years and not regulated as a utility in the US would be. The equipment has been not replaced and upgraded over time. When you have a disaster like this you find where the weak points are and they were everywhere. The entire grid needs to be replaced but the utility declared bankruptcy in July.
    This is why there is no electric to pump water, run desalinization equipment, and generally supply the power needed. This problem has been in the making for many years. Skip the politics and figure how to finance and rebuild.

  8. Mayor Yulin is a strong woman with a clear compassion for her city and the island of Puerto Rico. She is a dedicated public servant who ran for office with tenacity and grit, which shines through in her leadership. She is not only a credit to BU, she is a credit to the vocation of public service. She deserves an honorary doctorate from her alma mater. Period.

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