Letter to the Editor
I have always been a big fan of the Truth and your editorial lays out the plain unadulterated truth of these foreign wars. Halfway around the planet, having no bearing or consequences to the American people, except perhaps the impoverishment of seniors, loss of healthcare all around and people going hungry.
“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”—Satchel Page
Riberas del Pilar
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I want to congratulate you, Mr. Goldberg, on your article in the September El Ojo. I, too, have visited Cuba, and like many other health care professionals, I have seen the pain and suffering caused by the U.S. embargo on pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies. Many Americans do not understand that to extend this embargo, the U.S. forbids other countries, such as Mexico, from sending pharmaceuticals manufactured under U.S. patent to Cuba. The embargo can only be described as a crime against the Cuban people committed by the U.S. government.
A principal basis for the embargo, as I’m sure you understand, is cynical U.S. domestic politics: both parties woo the block of Cuban-American voters in Florida, a critical state in national elections. The Republican delegation from Florida in the U.S. Congress, led by Tea Party favorite (and touted potential presidential candidate) Senator Mark Rubio, is adamantly opposed to any loosening of the embargo.
Rubio and Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen are even trying to reverse the recent loosening of restrictions on Cuban-Americans visiting their families in Cuba recently promulgated by the Obama administration; they want to go back to allowing such visits only every three years. The younger generation of Cuban-Americans does not entertain the same animus toward Cuba, so it may be hoped that when more of them become voters, the efforts of Rubio and Ros-Lehtinen will be repudiated. But until that time, Cubans will, regretably, continue to suffer at the hands of the U.S. government.
Those wishing to learn more about this situation can do so via the Latin America Working Group at www.lawg.org.
Thanks again for your article.
Ken (Dr. Kenneth G.) Crosby
San Antonio Tlayacapan
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