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Revisiting Cuba

May 11, 1997

After reading "Forbidden Cuba" (April 20), and as a Cuban American, I can only wonder if the intent of your article was to provide your readers with information about Cuba or to promote Castro's "paradise."

Visiting Cuba today is not hot, sexy or illegal but simply immoral. You and your fellow travelers should be ashamed of contributing, with your dollars spent on the island, to the oppression of the Cuban people, who are not allowed to set foot in those magnificent hotels and restaurants that you talk about, who are starving and have to prostitute themselves in order to survive.

After reading all the information provided to your readers on how, where and how much to break the law, I can only assume that you are either sponsored by the Castro regime or that you maybe share their agenda.

ANGEL COFINO

Culver City

I was just 14 years old when my parents in Cuba sent me to a boarding school in Texas. My father, through his connections at the American Embassy, applied for a permit to leave Cuba and to visit me during the summer months. Of course, that was just an excuse to get the family out of Castro's Communist regime.

Although I'm an American citizen, I have this inner yearning to go and visit my country and all of my childhood places. Both my husband and I feel that it will be a very emotional trip, but I would like to show my children our native land. Maybe one day. . . .

I just wanted to thank you for writing such a great article about your visit to Cuba. It could be such a beautiful country! This letter depicts my hopes of a free Cuba. Muchas gracias.

THAIS A. SAINZ

Irvine

The rubric of Cuba is a puzzle to most of us and will continue to be until America becomes less Castro-phobic and we do better than the current "don't ask, don't tell" customs policy.

RUSS TRAVIS

Bakersfield

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