There's a great interview in The Tampa Bay Times with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn regarding his reluctance to join the irrational exuberance of those lobbying to embrace Cuba's dictatorship.
Read the whole interview here.
As Mayor Buckhorn rightfully states:
"Until I see any measurable improvement with the lives of the Cuban people and any effort to open up Cuba to democratic reform and free speech and freedom of the press and freedom of assembly and freedom of religion, I’ve just got other things to do [...] [W]e have to be respectful of the past. And, yes, I would agree that things are changing. And they are moving in the right direction. And I think over the next decade you will see significant changes in the relationship between Cuba and the United States. But I also think it’s got to be a two-way street, and so far it has not been. I think for a lot of people, including many Cuban-Americans, in order for them to be comfortable with this, they would like to see more change on the part of the Cuban government, to open up the Cuban government some of the things that we talked about."
Kudos to his principled leadership.
Image below: Mayor Buckhorn honors former Cuban political prisoner and democracy leader, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez ("Antunez").
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