MOMENT IN THE SUN
by Ben Davis
The San Juan Star
featured two stories on its front page on Saturday, May 27, 2006. One reported on Circa ’06
, the first ever commercial art fair in the Caribbean, declaring it "a success" and featuring a large color photo of Andres Serrano
signing copies of his new book at the San Juan Convention Center. Above this story, the main headline blared the latest news about Puerto Rico’s simmering fiscal crisis, which had recently provoked governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá
to lay off some 95,000 employees temporarily. The legislature, it seemed, was considering a punishing new 6.5 percent sales tax as a solution.