The Nov. 27 letter Visit Cuba through pictures has to be the saddest thing I’ve read in a long time. My family lost every thing and most of our members in Poland in World War II. But every year my father went to Poland to see family and do business. One summer when I was there as a child, I asked an uncle why he stayed in Poland when he could easily leave. He told me, “How are we going to fight communism from over there? I’d just go into business and get fat like your father.”
One day I asked my father why he looked so sad when he looked at pictures of Poland. He told me that he was trying to imagine the wind on his face standing on a mountain or the surf on his feet at the ocean. He said that the pictures helped to hold him over until his next trip.
I hope that one day Cuba will be free from the chains that it has endured at the hands of criminals masquerading as the government. But one must travel to show the other side that you have no fear and to show the people what is possible.
Andrzej Maslanka, North Miami Beach