Time for a change in Cuba policy

 

Re Jorge Mas Santos’ Feb. 23 letter, Cuba Democracy Program must be preserved: After more than 55 years of the same ineffective policies, when can we expect some innovation in the way the United States deals with Cuba? By recognizing Cuba’s sovereignty the United States would be taking the first step toward normalizing our own attitude, and relations, with our neighbor.

The travel ban on U.S. citizens traveling to China lasted 20 years, while the ban on travel to Cuba has been in place over 50 years. What kind of relationship would the United States and China have today if Chinese exiles and their U.S.-born children controlled our foreign policy toward that nation? The Cuban-exile community should not be allowed to continue impeding the possibility of progress on this issue.

Frank Gonzalez, Miami

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