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Hernn Padilla, MD 19205 SW 41st Street Miramar, FLA 33029

Boston Herald 70 Fargo St Boston, MA 02210 Letters to the Editor Editorial Board Re: Puerto Rico's choice

November 26, 2012

I write to congratulate the Boston Herald for its prescient and principled Nov. 25, 2012 editorial on Puerto Rican Statehood. Indeed, following Puerto Rico's historic Nov. 6, 2012 plebiscite, the end of the island's 114 year-old territorial status and its path towards admission as the 51st state of the Union is finally on the horizon. Puerto Rico's vote for statehood is not only a vote of confidence in the future of the island, but in the future of the United States of America as a whole. It is a ratification of the principle that for a state-sized territory of American citizens, there can be no more natural political goal nor a more promising future - than the one that can only be obtained by achieving rightful equality with our fellow citizens on the mainland. The time has come for Congress and the President to respond to the will of the people, and establish a reasonable framework through which the island can at long last achieve this worthy goal. Puerto Rican statehood is now no longer a matter of if, but when.

Hernn Padilla, M.D. Former Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico