An article in the Dec. 22 Herald recounted the dismay of Cuban immigrants in Miami over the president's plan to reestablish diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba. They also denounced their pope's involvement in the negotiations that led to the proposed detente.
Several of those interviewed were in their 50s and had been political prisoners of the Castro regime for many years. While their hatred of the Castro brothers may be justified, the older exiles' desire to continue the embargo is inconsiderate of the 11 million inhabitants of the island, many of whom suffer because of a 50-year-old program that failed to end Communism.
The two Castro brothers do not suffer because of it and will not be deposed by it, but many Cubans live in desolate conditions because of it. Act like the Christians you are and give up the hatred of two in favor of helping the 11 million.
In a related issue, it will be interesting to hear how Gov. ("Jobs 'R' Me") Scott, already on the hot seat for claiming he added more new jobs than the official records show, will react to the possibility of Florida companies increasing their business with the opening of the Cuban market.
As a Republican robot, he'll be expected to toe the "opposition-to-everything-Obama" line (as the Sen. Marco Rubio robot already has), but as the jobs guy he claims to be, he'll have to recognize the future opportunities. However, as a lame-duck governor, he doesn't have to do anything. The businessmen out there who voted against Charlie Crist should keep that in mind.