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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1992
In response to "An Island on the Way to Ecotopia," by Robert W. Benson, Column Left, March 29: I'm glad to learn from Benson's report that Cuba provides its people with the right to food, shelter, medical and dental care, etc. The only beneficence Benson forgot was that the trains run on time. Of course, there is no democracy, no civil liberties and the residents cannot escape the bliss of their paradisiacal environment, albeit many try to do so at their peril. It is interesting to note that we have the same type of existence in the United States except we call it prison.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1989
As a Republican and a pragmatist I was quite dismayed to read the column "A Case for Keeping the Squeeze on Castro" by Susan Kaufman Purcell (Op-Ed Page, Jan. 2). The premise that our posture should be to use the instrument of our accord with the Soviet Union in order to attempt to control Cuba, and to continue to deny Cuba our products is hardly reasonable in 1989. The author should be looking at what benefits the United States rather than seeking to punish an unruly child. We must remember that, historically, it is the pragmatists who have taken the lead in replacing the antiquated ideologically based relations with other countries with policies which served the interest of our country.
NATIONAL
May 24, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
When the Clinton administration returned young castaway Elian Gonzalez in 2000 to communist-ruled Cuba, a regime his mother died trying to flee, angry Cuban exiles helped deliver Florida's electoral votes and victory to Republican presidential contender George W. Bush. Four years later, President Bush again carried this state.
SPORTS
March 16, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Daisuke Matsuzaka again gave the nation of Japan reason to cheer. But Red Sox Nation? Well, not so much. And that's just fine with Matsuzaka, who said his country will always come before his employer. "I want to be on behalf of Japan," he said through an interpreter after pitching his country to a 6-0 win over Cuba in a second-round Pool 1 game of the World Baseball Classic on Sunday at Petco Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Beyonce appeared on "Good Morning America" on Monday to set the record straight about her trip to Cuba and open up about expanding her family. Bey, who is in the middle of the European leg of her world tour, the Mrs. Carter Show, spoke with Amy Robach in London about her eyebrow-raising fifth anniversary trip to Cuba with husband Jay-Z in April. Lawmakers questioned the validity of the trip and sought clarification on why two of the U.S.' biggest stars were visiting the communist island-nation, which is under an embargo for routine tourism.
SPORTS
August 1, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Leave it up to the Southern California contingent to help the USA 15U national baseball team come back from a 9-5 deficit with six runs in the sixth inning to defeat Cuba, 11-9, at the COPABE Pan American Games on Thursday in Colombia. Chase Strumpf, a sophomore from JSerra, hit his fourth home run in five games. He also had an RBI double during the six-run outburst, with all the runs scoring after two outs. Christian Moya from Bishop Amat had a two-run triple. Isaak Gutierrez from St. John Bosco had an RBI single.
SPORTS
September 3, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jacob Nix, a senior pitcher at Los Alamitos, threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to help the USA 18U baseball team defeat Cuba, 6-5 , at the IBAF World Cup in Taiwan on Tuesday night. USA got a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. Nix, a UCLA commit, kept the USA team in the game after entering the game with the USA trailing, 3-0. He gave up four hits, struck out five and walked four. USA is 3-1 in the tournament. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
OPINION
April 22, 2012
Exposing the truth Re "Highflying costs," April 19 Revealing that the F-35 fighter jet program is in jeopardy because of its increasing costs could bring comfort to the enemy and potentially jeopardize national security. Reporting that Secret Service agents engaged in unacceptable behavior could compromise the reputation of the Secret Service and the security of the president. Showing photos of soldiers with body parts exposes unacceptable behavior by the troops and may increase resentment of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
NATIONAL
April 11, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Two young boys, allegedly abducted by their parents last week and taken to Cuba, were frolicking and mugging for reporters Thursday outside the Florida home of their grandparents, who have legal custody of the children. “When you are in the middle of a nightmare, it's kind of hard to do a whole lot,” Bob Hauser, the boys' grandfather, told reporters at a nationally televised news conference. “We knew we would get through it.” Four-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase Hakken are back with the Hausers, their maternal grandparents.
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