She's thinkin' twice: I was horrified by the stories that writer Joanne Green depicted in "Rough Love" (June 22). These personal stories are obviously closer to home than we think and a story like this creates awareness for parents who are obviously badly informed and at their wit's end. Surely a story like this would provoke officials to take action against such an organization instead of being complacent. I would love to hear some of the parents who have sent their kids to this camp respond.
Here you go, Claire: As the mother of a teen who spent six months at TB, I would like to respond to "Rough Love." I owe my son's life to this program; without it, he realizes he would most probably be dead by now, or close to it.
The program is based on the principle of accountabilityand teaches the teens they are in control of their choices in life, and that each choice brings with it consequences and/or rewards.
My son's early years were filled with doubts about his self-worth, running to and from therapists, all types of medications, endless hours spent coercing and trying to reason him out of these behaviors, all to no avail. I can honestly say that since he returned from TB, he has had no symptoms of depression or anxiety, and he has remained drug-free. He attributes this to the tools learned at TB.
I personally visited Tranquility Bay and neverfound any mistreatment, starvation, or abuse of any kind. I honestly fear your one-sided article will discourage many parents who may be in a critical stage with their children, and who could truly benefit from this program. It could change their lives.
She doesn't know Cuba: Regarding Emily Witt's "Pearl of the Antilles" (June 8): I wonder if this crusader for liberty ever considered looking toward the rest of Cuba to find a prison of the worst kind being run for a whole population. Does Ms. Witt think Dr. Elias Bizet, a Havana pediatrician, should be in a one-cubic-meter concrete vault buried out in the open without even a latrine? He has no daytime or nighttime, no visitors or books, no lights or writing utensils. What was his unforgivable, reactionary, imperialistic crime? He was giving passers-by a copy of the International Declaration of Human Rights.
And what about Dr. Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello, an economist, a lady whose only crime is to have founded a national forum to discuss civil society in Cuba? She was released from prison, but instead of being left alone, she has been attacked several times at the door of her apartment by government mobs.
These are only two instances of the hundreds of cases of people naked in jail, sick in jail, dying in the dungeons of the government. Isn't Ms. Witt lucky she lives in a country that allows her the freedom to say the things she says about its institutions? Isn't she the lucky one?
Suckiness? Regarding Bill Citara's "Not So Good Old Days" (June 8): It was a not so good old review. Where did you find this author? A remedial English class? I know the establishment is lowbrow, but that doesn't mean the review should be. Suckiness? Come on.