Respect individual priorities


What Frank R. Diaz-Balart says in his Dec. 30 letter, U.S. media indifferent to Cubans’ plight, about the sins of the Castro regime, has been well-documented for some time.

His complaint that the U.S. media — specifically, Soledad O’Brien — do not cover these sins sufficiently is a matter of opinion. He slips over the edge when he criticizes her for not assisting “her fellow Cubans” in Cuba, since she is “half Cuban.” She is American, born here of an immigrant Australian father and Cuban mother. That does not make her “half” anything, only 100 percent American.

O’Brien, like all citizens, can hold whatever views or priorities she wants. The Cuban plight is a universal human-rights situation. Are only Sudanese concerned about South Sudan or only Syrians about the Aleppo bombing?

John C. Maine, Miami

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