On March 24, I was stunned again by Landon Hemsley, who has been enjoying a free lunch at your newspaper far too long.

He knows very little of the history of Cuba. He doesn’t know, for example, that what led to the communist overthrow of the brutal dictatorship of Juan Batista in the first place was the result of the “installations of free markets,” which Hemsley declares is the cure for Cuba’s current economic problems. Give it back to the Mafia? I doubt Mr. Hemsley know about that part of the story. The Cubans who fled before Castro were those tied to the Batista regime, and the people had good reason to want to kill them. Indeed it’s not a surprise, as Hemsley points out, they became Republicans in America.

As for not taking cheap shots and rising above nasty politics, how about his comparison of Bernie Sanders to Raul Castro in corny flourishes of language?

I am sick of this writer and embarrassed that he is given such scope by you to ramble on about his own poorly considered, self-righteous notions without making even a cursory attempt at research. That’s for us to do, the ordinary citizens, those who have no free lunches, or shouldn’t have, as Mr. Hemsley might add. He makes a fair crusader with his battle cry of “no free lunches.” In solidarity a jihadi might chime in, “Death to those who need help.”

Phil Cohea

Helena

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