Was looking through the Herald’s search engine to see if there was any reaction to or further commentary from the Herald’s new Ombudsman, Edward Schumacher Matos, and I found this letter:
Re Edward Schumacher-Matos’s Sept. 16 column, An outside view of immigration coverage: Learning English and obtaining citizenship doesn’t make you an American; you must assimilate. Cubans have transplanted Havana here, even changing some street names.
As great as the Gómez boys are, they should be returned to their country of origin and apply for immigration the legal way.
PAUL T. CAPLE, Pompano Beach
Listen Mr. Caple, I don’t see what the issue of illegal immigration has to do with Cubans and assimilation.
Besides what do you know about assimilation? I thought this was a free country. Why MUST we assimilate? And who is the judge of whether we are or are not assimilating? What penalties would you place upon those who don’t assimilate or who do don’t do it fast enough for your liking. It’s a Cuban thing don’t you know, this practice of wanting to try to keep some of your culture and cuisine, etc. in a new land. I suppose you have never been to Little Italy in New York or the various Chinatowns around the country. Perhaps Mr. Caple when you are elected mayor of Miami you can change the street names back to numbers since it offends you so much. Until, kindly shut your bigoted pie hole.