Richard Rosichan

Miami Beach

Take Your Pick: The Exxons or the Kalashnikovs

For Cuban nationals, the prospects look grim: I live in West Virginia but follow news of Cuba on the Internet, which is the best source because national network news is mostly muted on the subject of Cuban politics. I look forward to the day I can visit a free Cuba with Cuban culture still in place. But I do not look forward to George W. Bush's smoke-and-mirrors plan for the island nation. (I'm beginning to think that the "evildoer" sits in the White House.) Neither do I support Fidel Castro's regime.

Unfortunately I have little hope for the people on the island. They will be ruled by either corporations or the military. My hope for the citizens of Cuba is that they gain their freedom and independence rather than remaining chess pieces in a game of power politics.

Shirley Grose

Summersville, West Virginia

Regime Change: The Final Frontier

Bush's heartless new rules are just a ploy: Thanks for the Cuba articles by Kirk Nielsen and Max Castro. When I first learned about the U.S. government's new restrictions on travel to Cuba, I cried. I cried because my abuela is 102 years old and I'm not sure if she'll be alive to greet me next time I'm able to visit. I cried because my family is being pushed away from me. The embargo has never hurt the Cuban government; it has only hurt the Cuban people on and off the island.

I've always been skeptical of the U.S. government, especially now under the presidency of George W. Bush, whose Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba is just another ploy to take over a country and install its own man in a new government. Basically this will mean the U.S. will be able to move in and clear the way for companies like McDonald's and Exxon.

I have been to Cuba, and I've seen how the government is not working for its people right now. At the same time, I never want the U.S. to set foot in Cuba. My only hope is that Bush will not be re-elected and that Kerry will rescind these new sanctions.

Marta Cabrera Estévez

Brooklyn, New York

Humberto, Investigative Bulldog

Next up -- a hard-hitting VIP room exposé: Congratulations are in order to Humberto Guida for taking an objective look at the state of Nerve Lounge in his "BuzzIn" column "Nerve Damage" (July 29). Most of the time his articles read like advertisements for Mynt and other lounges of the bourgeoisie, but this one was more objective and investigative.

I know the poor guy gets ripped on a lot, but I'll give credit where credit is due. Believe me, not a week goes by without some sort of controversy in clubland.

Dan Vidal

Miami Beach

He Is Not Crazy!

Xavier Suarez as gossip item: I am dumbfounded by the ability of some people to see the negative aspects of certain situations without even considering reasonable doubt. As an example, consider Brett Sokol's "Kulchur" column about "crazy" Xavier Suarez ("No More Mayor Loco," July 22).

Despite stories from reporters across America, who must have heard something through the grapevine while forgetting to do their research, Xavier Suarez is far from crazy.

What does his name mean to me? Well, it means a lost opportunity for our community. It also means that our community appears to be so incapable of making informed decisions that its main recourse is gossip. Now that's crazy.

Maria Pestonit

Miami

Clarification of the Virgin

She may spin, but she doesn't buy: It amused me to find Lauren Reskin (a.k.a. DJ Lolo) showcased in "Set List" (July 29) and described as the "buyer" for Virgin Megastore in South Miami. Please be advised that Lauren is not and has never been a buyer at Virgin. Moreover, she works a total of seven hours per week, if that.

Just thought I'd fill in Mosi Reeves on this error since integrity and accurate facts are integral parts of journalism, plus a vital part of a successful and open music community.

Juan Oyarzun, inventory director

Virgin Megastore

South Miami

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