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Last week I did an editorial about my trip to Cuba. I talked about how poor the country is and how devastating the Castro ideology has been for the once glamorous country.
What I didn't talk about were the people. People who, in spite of the Castro brothers, still find the inner strength to produce children's plays, parade their restored 50's cars for the curious tourists, dress their children in crisp uniforms for the first day of school and play in community bands, perform in the town square and sing in community choirs . I didn't mention the tobacco farmer who not only showed us how he rolls cigars, but invited us into his home to see how he lives. I didn't mention that at every meal a small group of musicians performed for us and in every case they were talented and professional.
We met artists and craftsmen who are determined to let their creativity flourish even as the government stacks the deck against outbreaks of personal growth.
It's clear that even the paranoid, vicious government the Castros put together can't kill their people's good nature, their will to excel at something, or their pride.
I'm sorry if I only shared the negative part of my Cuba trip. These people are what give us hope that things will soon get better in Cuba when the Castro brothers are finally gone.