Mark Plotkin [“A good deal for the District — and Puerto Rico,” Local Opinions, Nov. 25] seeks to link statehood for Puerto Rico with statehood for the District. These are separate issues. I have been to Puerto Rico as a tourist and as a health consultant. Although it is a commonwealth of the United States, it is entirely different from the U.S. mainland, linguistically and culturally.

Puerto Rico would do better in the future by taking the lead in creating a Caribbean alliance. There are many islands now free from colonial oppression that share cultural and linguistic bonds. If they developed a shared governance, they might be able to jointly establish greater solidarity through shared natural and touristic resources.

Edward J. Kelty, Bethesda