Letters to the Editor - Jan. 13

Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 2:39 p.m.

It's not the embargo

In the Jan. 11 story regarding the 50th anniversary of the Castro regime, Randy Batista leads readers to believe that the Cuban people's suffering is due to the embargo. The fact is that the Cuban people have endured 50 agonizing years due to the Castro regime and its implementation of communism.

To blame the embargo on Cuba's travesties is naive. Name one successful nation under a strictly communist regime. Venezuela is headed to ruin thanks to the leadership of Hugo Chavez under the tutelage of the Castro ideology.

The United States, Israel and Pallau are the only nations that restrict their exchanges with Cuba. With so many nations left to trade with, why do the Cuban people continue to lack the basic necessities? Why has productivity in the island dropped abysmally since Castro took over?

The Castro regime has created a nation of corruption and economic degradation that will not be fixed until a drastic change toward free market ideas and basic human rights is implemented.

Lourdes Maria Chu,


No ‘I' in team

Alabama head coach Nick Saban made the following comment after winning the BCS national championship:

"This coaching staff has done a great job and these players have really bought into what we are trying to do as a team. We jelled from the very beginning and we knew this was something special that we were going to do."

He never mentioned any individual player, such as Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. "Team" is the key word.

Gary Munsterman,


Our sloppy drivers

Gainesville drivers are getting sloppier and sloppier.

Some problems relate to faulty equipment, such as burnt out or wall-eyed headlights and missing brake lights. Others commonly observed include failure to use turn signals, failure to put on headlights after sunset, before sunrise or while it's raining.

It's amazing how many drivers are too lazy to signal their turns. Amazing how many don't seem to notice when it's dark and that cars without lights on are almost invisible.

Maybe such sloppy driving is another sign of the culture of narcissism, which obviously did not expire with the 1980s. Or maybe these drivers are thinking about something else; yakking on cell phones or just don't care.

People seem to forget that sloppy driving can get people killed — including themselves.

Richard Hiers,


Our lost mojo

With regard to Jan. 10 column by Trudy Rubin on lost American "mojo": Our success in the past has been built on the backs of people who labored for low wages and had no (or inadequate) health insurance. We can no longer put profits before people.

Anne Lambert,


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