Living in Puerto Rico, from my experience, has had its highs and lows. This is an island full of complications, hipocrosy and one which faces many different challenges. For someone who is from the mainland U.S, many things in this island will seem irrational. Why spend hundreds of millions of dollars to build a railway system, el tren urbano, which does not reach the most heavily transited areas, such as the airport, Plaza Las Americas (the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean) and Viejo San Juan? Recently, in order to help finance the 2010 Central American & Caribbean Games (they're scheduled to be held in Mayaguez), a local politician suggested sending a search team to find a treasure chest hidden underneath the ocean. Believe me, I'm not making this up.
Luckily, the highs which I've experienced living here outweigh the lows. However, I would love to see the quality of life in Puerto Rico improve. This will not happen until everyone gets their priorities straight. The current governor suggested trimming down the government payroll, by laying off thousands of public employees. This was met with fierce opposition. From my perspective, I think many people are out of touch with reality. The government does in fact employ too many people who are not quite the most productive workers. Unless Puerto Ricans are willing to make some serious changes, things will never change and the island will never make any economic, political and social progress.