As part of Community Conversations, we’re sharing your answers to this question: Does the U.S. or Cuba benefit more from renewing ties?
We asked the following question to readers on social media and the Public Insight Network recently: Does the U.S. or Cuba benefit more from renewing ties? Thanks for all of your responses. Below is a sampling of your comments, some of which were edited for length and clarity. Learn more about the Public Insight Network and comment on previous discussions at MiamiHerald.com/community and select Community Conversations.
“I think both countries will benefit from the new opening in the relationship. On the surface, the Cubans in the island will be able to improve their standard of living. The U.S. will have a new market next door. What is even more important, both countries may acquire a greater understanding of each other, as long as they don’t interfere with each other’s internal affairs. The U.S. can help the Cuban people with some of our experiences; Cuba has made some advances that are not well-known in the U.S. Knowledge is power. Transparency is the key, and this will open a window to each other. The world is moving toward greater people power, whether by personal or digital contact.”
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Vivian Bosque, Miami
“The benefits are different for each. There is an economic benefit for both but relative to the overall size, the benefit should be felt more by Cuba. In Miami, however, the impact will be very significant. A host of new business opportunities should start to take hold. These benefits will be felt much more on the U.S./Miami side if done correctly.”
Olga Perez-Cormier, Miramar
“What difference does it make who gains more? The people of both countries benefit with this win-win deal and it is impossible to gauge the ripple effects. Stature of the U.S. on the international scene will be enhanced by abandoning the failed embargo. Citizens from both countries will be able to travel and trade with each and learn from each other. Even if one country benefited 100 times the other, as long as both benefit, it’s a good deal. We should drop our pettiness towards Cuba. Each side has much cause for regret in actions over the last 100 years. It is time to move forward.”
Helene Dudley, Miami
“The U.S. gets nothing from renewing its ties with Cuba. The Cuban people get nothing either. The Castro brothers deepen their pockets. It is shameful that a good man like President Obama, and I mean a good man, has fallen for this misguided path...I think this is a huge mistake.”
Maria Serra, Miami
“Initially Cuba and the Cuban people living in Cuba will benefit more. However, I have the hope that in time the same thing that happened to the USSR when the Berlin Wall came down will happen in Cuba. Opening up a closed country to the outside world is the only thing that brings improvement.”
Doris Kolber, Miami
“The people of Cuba get nothing. The Castro brothers and the government of Cuba are the clear winners. As to the U.S., they win somewhat by painting a world image of tolerance and understanding. To those who embrace the narrative that it’s time the embargo is lifted, it hasn’t worked in 50 years. I ask, what embargo? Countless countries, other than the U.S., have maintained economic ties with Cuba throughout the years... However, 50 years of that trade and economic partnerships made no difference to Cuba or its people. It did not make a difference because the problem in Cuba is not the U.S. embargo, it’s the system.”
Marta Hernandez, Miami
“I truly believe that the Cuban people will benefit the most by having an American presence on the ground. I don’t believe that the U.S. is ‘conceding’ to the Castro brothers. Nothing has changed since 1960. Why not try another option?”
Patti Lynn, Miami
“Both countries benefit, more so some people in Cuba who will not have to be risking their lives trying to reach the U.S. in homemade rafts who now will be able to get proper traveling documents through the embassy. The exile community also benefits for they will be able to travel freely and reunite with family and friends. Both economies will benefit as well, more so the South Florida import and export companies, the cruise line ships and others.”
Miguel Sarmiento, Miami
“The country of Cuba benefits more than the county of the United States, however, the people and businesses of these countries are a different story. The people benefit from having arguably one of the largest, closest and most important Caribbean islands back online with a rich history, beautiful natural resources, friendly people and easy affordable access. American business benefits from open closed markets. For the American citizens, it’s a bigger win than that for the Cuban population. As far as governments go, the Cuban government will benefit from American tourists and businesses more than the U.S. will benefit from Cuban tourists and businesses.”
Robert Burr, Coral Gables
“It’s a win-win for both sides. Cuba will eventually get massive economic development on the part of private companies signing design-build agreements with Cuba, in which the Cuban government will become beneficiaries of the development. Additionally, Cuba will benefit from the millions of U.S. tourists that will soon be visiting the island, bringing large amounts of spending cash with them. The U.S. benefits by allowing U.S. companies to take part in the development that was formerly done by foreign companies, thus creating jobs here for the numerous vendors and contractors that will build Cuba’s infrastructure. The larger question to me is when will the U.S. eliminate the Cuban Adjustment Act that allows Cubans who can get here, stay here? Once our diplomatic relations are restored, there will be no need to treat Cuban immigrants any different than those from other countries.”
Bruce Lamberto, North Miami Beach