They write letters…
And sometimes those letters are written by a U.S. Senator.
Going to Cuba
To the Editor:
Regarding “Cuba Opens Up, Group by Group” (Sept. 15): Since United States laws prohibit American tourism in Cuba, I was surprised to see in the Travel section a full-page feature for Americans who want to visit Cuba.
As The Times highlighted, several American tour companies are exploiting President Obama’s “people-to-people” program to take American tourists to Cuba. Unfortunately, while going in-depth to detail the art, cigar-making and Latin dancing Americans might enjoy while visiting Cuba on one of these trips, The Times failed to make any mention of the ongoing human rights abuses being committed by the Cuban regime or how the regime benefits financially from American tourism.
The Times also neglected to recognize that the Cuban regime does not allow the tour companies profiled to facilitate visits between Americans and brave members of Cuba’s pro-democracy movement.
Considering these grim realities, I urge both President Obama and The Times to more carefully review Cuban travel in the future.