Enough with all the pressure on Cuba

Cubans stand along the Malecon, the avenue that runs along the sea wall at the northern shore of Havana, during Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s remarks for the raising of the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy there Aug. 14. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

The Washington Post, February 3, 2016

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the Feb. 1 editorial “Failure in Cuba”:

I made two trips to Cuba last year and spent a lot of time in people-to-people situations. Why is the United States in the position of insisting on a “sea change” in Cuba?

I saw people of all ages using smartphones and laptops. People seem to have enough money to pay for wireless Internet. Only the government has the resources to build the necessary infrastructure for Internet, television and radio, so please stop excoriating it for the control it has over the media.

If the state did not control the economy, especially tourism, there would be chaos. There are privately owned restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, farms and taxis. The government encourages these private enterprises.

Cuba’s education system surpasses those of many countries, including the United States. Education is mandatory through ninth grade and is free for all Cubans through the university level.

The poverty level is lower in Cuba than in other Latin American countries.

Cuban doctors are among the best in the world and were the first foreign doctors to join the fight against Ebola in Africa.

Barbara R. Carter, Baltimore

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