Let us travel to Cuba

 

So, Cuban citizens can now travel anywhere, but U.S. citizens still can’t travel to Cuba. It seems to me that U.S. policy toward Cuba is a failed policy, now going on for more than 50 years. How undemocratic and unconstitutional is it that I cannot travel to Cuba?

President Obama needs to immediately lift the embargo and permit U.S. citizens to travel there. How many travelers go to China and Vietnam each year? Does the South Florida congressional delegation raise complaints about that?

For many years the United Nations has voted to condemn U.S. policy toward Cuba. Think how our image in the world would change if we stopped trying to bully that small nation. Think of all the jobs that would be created in South Florida if the embargo were lifted.

We wouldn’t have a downturn here with free trade creating big changes in unemployment and business growth. In my trips to Cuba, I have never encountered animosity from Cubans that I speak to in the streets. They are intensely interested in the United States. Let tourists travel to Cuba freely as they should be able to in a democracy. It’s time for the South Florida congressional delegation to get off of its dictatorial high horse so that the United States can regain some respect in the world.

Gary Hagermann, Weston

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