Contrary to your Nov. 24 editorial, Listen to the dissidents, not all the changes in Cuba are cosmetic. I was in Havana in 2006 and again in 2011. In 2006, private business was either strictly prohibited or ordered to be hidden. Private restaurants couldn’t put up a sign, and the taxis were all government controlled. There was no advertising.
Five years later, small private businesses were everywhere. Private restaurants had signs up; we ate in one whose owner was handing out menus openly in front of the cathedral. Maybe the political situation is still undesirable, but who are we to brag? I was just reading about people being sentenced to life without parole under federal laws for the most minor drug offenses. Cuba’s last execution was in 2003. Here, executions are little news snippets on the back pages.
Richard Rosichan, Miami Beach