A reader of the Dallas Morning News pens a letter to the editor regarding a puff-piece travel article that appeared in the paper gushing about Cuba’s island slave plantation as a vacation spot:
Cuba is a sunny vacation for tourists, but not for political dissidents, Jews or gays
Re: “Havana great time — You can get there from here,” Sunday Travel.Joy Tipping’s article extolling the virtues of a vacation to Cuba left out a significant fact or two.
Cuba remains a totalitarian dictatorship which imprisons its dissidents, censors its media and persecutes its minorities, including Jews and gays. More important, it is currently imprisoning Alan Gross, an American Jew who was in Cuba as an independent contractor for a U.S. State Department agency to help the persecuted Cuban Jewish community get Internet access.
Uncensored contact with the rest of the world is a criminal offense in Cuba, and Alan, who happens to be the uncle and brother to Dallas and Plano residents, is now rotting in a Havana prison for a 15- year term.
So, yes, a trip to Cuba may be fun, but your readers should know that by going they are helping to support a dictatorship and the enduring punishment of Alan, his amazing family and the community that awaits his safe return.
Robert Ackermann, Plano