On Cuba

19 05 2010

A recent article I came across prompted the following letter to the Public Editor at the NY Times. I know the NYT is seen as quite the liberal paper, but frankly it seems as if it is the only place where you can find articles that are not blatantly pro-embargo. Feel free to send me links to any neutral articles on Cuba and Embargo that you run across.

Mr. Hoyt,

Not sure if you are the proper person to send this to, if not, please forward as needed.

I just sent your reporter, Mr. Marc Lacey, an email of gratitude for his recently published article, “Dreaming of Cuban Profits in Post-Embargo World, ” published on March 28, 2010.

Articles like these are in short demand, providing a neutral take on a hot subject. Cuba and the Embargo are near and dear to me for many reasons, and as a Cuban-American I had high hopes that the Obama Administration would of tackled this subject by now. It is unfortunate that this has not been the case, while there has been some loosening of the severest measures imposed by Mr. Bush, there is still a lot more that can be done.

I’m afraid that as an anti-embargo Cuban American I am in the minority, at least a vocal minority as it seems that only those folks that remain heard are in favor of the Embargo.  I do believe that the “silent majority” of Cuban Americans or Cuban exiles outside of Cuba are ready for change, including dismantling the Embargo–if  not completely, at least to some degree.

My thesis is simple: dismantle the embargo and the freedom desired by Cubans will come to Cuba. The Embargo does nothing more than suppress the Cuban people while entrenching further the Castro Brother’s grip around their necks. I speak here as someone who has invested a lot of time and effort looking into this, as detailed in my book “Cuban Exiles on the Trade Embargo” (http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-3043-7).

Thank you for the opportunity to express myself. Thank you to the NY Times for continuing to publish articles such as Mr Lacey’s.


Ed Gonzalez,
Sitka, Alaska