Letters from the Issue of October 8, 2009
For Sale: Communism
Survive on, baby: It is so rewarding to read an article such as "Cuba's Craigslist" (Tim Elfrink, October 1) that portrays the reality of the Cuban people.
Imprisonment of the mind is what we struggle against every day. A big thumbs-up to the creators of Revolico and to the writer of this story. Our survival depends on our creative and entrepreneurial minds, and that is something no government can take from us.
Message to Raúl and Fidel: Congratulations, Miami New Times, for opening your pages to the crude reality of life under the tyranny of the Castro brothers and their obsolete Communist regime. Yes, it is a fact: Socialism takes countries to complete failure and despair. Despite the myths of leftist propaganda, the naked truth is that the Castro tyrants have taken Cuba 50 years back in time to poverty, decadence, and slavery.
No real embargo exists: You give us the throwaway line, "the embargo has kept new American cars off the roads for almost a half-century." That is simply not true. The Cuban government can and does establish corporations in foreign countries that are free to buy anything and take it to the island. Or the government can simply buy from other foreign suppliers. The reasons for the lack of consumer goods (and everything else) in Cuba are many, but the embargo is the least of them.
El Niño Atómico
La portada siempre: It's about time you put the Cuban community's congressional representative on the front page and gave him the recognition and congratulations he deserves. For 50 years, no one has better represented the Cuban community while simultaneously exploiting Congress, keeping his Cuban constituents centrally located in Miami, providing free travel to the United States for so many upstanding Cuban citizens, and single-handedly creating the world's largest chicken farm in South Florida. Viva Fidel!
Santa Monica, California
Free Weekly Hates Candidate
Schooling taught him truth: It's funny how "Bombs Away" (Tim Elfrink, October 1) makes it look like Tomas Regalado raised cash for terrorist Eduardo Arocena when really the Miami mayoral candidate was just an employee of the radio station that raised the money. Tomas never personally raised the funds and, for sure, never committed any terrorist acts. If he would have, I doubt he would be part of this county's legal system.
I guess since Tomas's enemies can't harm him in a legit manner, they write lies and deceive Miamians who are uninformed about events that happened more than 20 years ago. I want to thank my parents and my schooling for teaching me the real history of this county so that I can at least inform others of the truth.
Josh I. Berez
Sarcasm trumps truth: Looks like Miami New Times is desperate for dirt on Regalado. Good luck. The guy is one of the few honest politicians in this town. However, I heard that several years ago, he had lunch with some people who didn't embrace the idea of recycling paper and glass products. In addition, his cousin was ticketed for overtime parking in a metered zone while on vacation in Canada. That is just a rumor, but I'm sure you guys will check it out. I think his cousin paid the parking ticket with American dollars, which might in itself be a violation.
When the Cop Strikes
Complain, for chrissakes: "Shot to Pieces" (Tim Elfrink, October) is another unfortunate case of police covering up police misdeeds. It happens every day. The worst part is that when someone files a complaint against a cop, it is seldom taken seriously. If you are a citizen concerned for the well-being of your fellow residents, please take the time to file a complaint if a police officer harasses you.
A photo in last week's calendar section that was identified as J.J. Colagrande was actually Michael Tilson Thomas, founder and director of the New World Symphony. We regret the error.
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