Memories of Gitmo

 

I see that Deputy Editorial Page Editor Juan Vasquez was at the camps in Guantánamo. I lived at the Naval Station for seven years, where I taught at W.T. Sampson High School, a Department of Defense Overseas School.

When I first went to Gitmo in 1985, the base’s mission was focused on fleet training. In 2002, I returned. At that time, the detention camps were still being constructed on a restricted portion of the base. The media depicted the entire area as a prison camp. This perception irked me because the students, workers, contractors, hospital staff and Navy personnel were lumped together with camp activities about which we knew little or nothing.

The politics of the situation had cast a cloud over our little “town” and its residents.

In response, I wrote a book, Storm over Guantánamo. Using the framework of a mystery-thriller, I described the topography, unique wildlife and the base’s history.

There are many former Gitmo residents in Florida. In Orlando in 2012, a reunion for the high school classes (1954-2012) drew more than 350 alumni from all over the United States. Everyone still loves the place. Many wish they could go back to an idyllic life in the sun. I’d be interested in your editor’s view of the base, not the camps.

Anna Massengill, Lady Lake

Read more Letters to the Editor stories from the Miami Herald

  • The readers’ forum

    Parking shortage in Wynwood must be addressed

    In reference to the article Wynwood entrepreneurs at odds with Miami Parking Authority over district’s future:

  • The readers’ forum

    We need more young women in politics

    As Florida women cast their ballots to decide the outcome of the primary elections in Tuesday’s primary, the League of Women Voters celebrates the anniversary of women getting the right to vote.

  • A president for all

    Re Joy-Ann Reid’s column on Aug. 21, Why some fear the police:

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category