Not welcome

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 March, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 March, 1998, 12:00am

If Puerto Rico becomes the 51st state of the US, the disadvantages to the US will outweigh the advantages.

Puerto Rico's first language is Spanish and it may not want English as its lingua franca all the time. Why doesn't it join one of the Spanish states like Brazil or stay independent? Look at the problems Canada has had with Quebec.

The US would experience the same problems with Puerto Rico, because of friction over language.

Also, if it became a state, then there are many inner city and immigration problems which would have to be dealt with through funding from Congress.

Don't we have enough problems, without also taking on the problems of Puerto Rico? We should just leave well alone. Do Americans really want to see the country face yet another budget-busting situation, by having spent money to help with other people's problems? GERALD C. W. HENG Framingham Massachusetts, US