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return or it's not complete. Take the Fajardo marina-a quarter of a billion dollars' worth of boats. They belong to doctors, lawyers, and engineers, not drug traffickers. Those profes sionals may be making $400,000 a year, but they'll declare $20,000." Eventually, like most conversations in Puerto Rico, the talk turned to political status. Stipes ran through the familiar arguments against any of the available options. Congress would never grant statehood; the present arrangement, subject to the whims of Washington, is unsat isfactory; independence would ruin standards of living. I did notice, however, that like every other Puerto Rican I talked to, the banker who was on his way to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and who has big plans to expand into the American mar ket-invariably used the word "we" in reference to Puerto Rico and "they" when talking about the United States. It seemed a telling sign of a restive nation. O Rican to win Miss Universe, the whole island erupted.