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Homes and infrastructure lie in ruins outside the city of Caguas, Puerto Rico. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post). By Editorial Board. IT HAS been three weeks since Hurricane Maria made devastating landfall in Puerto Rico. Three weeks — and 84 percent of the population is still without power. Only 63 percent have access to clean water, and only 60 percent of wastewater treatment plants are working. Food supplies are spotty, the health-care system is in crisis, and people are dying. The death toll has risen to 45. If the Americans enduring these conditions lived in Connecticut or Montana or Arkansas, would we be counseling patience? Would we be blithely accepting predictions of an... Full story

12 October