I'll tell you something, New Times, I'm going to be watching you like a hawk. Expect to hear more of our side of the story.
Elian: Don't Generalize About My People Hector D. Morales
MiamiAs an exiled Cuban I can say the biggest truth about all this is that Elian has been used as a political puppet by sectors of the exile community who long to rule Cuba "when Castro falls." Here are other things that are true:
•Not all Cuban exiles think the same way. I believe Elian should go back, and I have found more than a few who agree. So please do not generalize when talking about Cuban exiles.
•Some of my fellow countrymen are totally confused about when an issue belongs to the politicians of this country and when the issue belongs to the INS. They do not help matters by turning a family matter into a political circus.
•The only mistake the INS made was acting with its heart by sending this boy to his relatives here in Miami. The result is that next time a similar situation arises, the INS won't publicize it and will just send the child to the proper institutions until repatriation can take place.
Owing to a reporting error, Ted B. Kissell's story "He Came, He Lunched, He Left" (January 13) incorrectly stated that former City of Miami finance director Manohar Surana had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit extortion and bribery. Surana did sign a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in 1996, though the Miami U.S. Attorney's Office will not comment on its terms. Surana has not yet entered any plea in court. New Times regrets the error.