Debate goes on
In response to the March Debate,
“Should the United States remove
sanctions on Cuba?”
YES. All countries of the world don’t have to
share all our values or have the same form of
government. Some cultures are simply not
ready for democracy. Other forms of government have worked very well for thousands of
years in other places, even with their faults.
Our form has its faults too. Trade with Cuba
should flow unimpeded by the arrogant “our
way or the highway” crowd.
NO. The embargo on Cuba should continue
until the country has made a firm turn
toward democracy. Some people believe that
lifting the embargo will help ordinary Cubans
improve their daily lives; however, this is just
a myth which reflects a lack of knowledge
about how Castro’s goverment works.
Chula Vista, California
YES. Cuba would be a wonderful vacation
spot. It also offers a possible laboratory for
introducing free-market operations that benefit the population while permitting owners and
investors to make reasonable profits. The anti-free-trade cries are noise without substance.
Woodland Hills, California
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NO. There is absolutely no advantage for the
United States to remove sanctions against
Cuba. Why would we want to reward a totalitarian government that does not care about
its people? We should maintain the
travel ban and the embargo until
the Cuban regime moves toward
meaningful concessions and a
San Diego, California
Odds and ends
Views on Vista
The article by Marc Saltzman in the
February Connection [“Tech Connection”]
about Microsoft’s new Vista OS release was
disappointingly one-sided; it was almost a
sales pitch. There are several serious considerations before adopting Vista.
First, small-business owners should be
the last to adopt a major new OS release. With
all the potential for bugs, security holes and
incompatibilities (a fact of life in new software), small-business owners aren’t just playing games ... they’re depending on their
computers for their businesses to function.
But unlike large businesses, they’re unlikely to
have on-staff wizards or an IT department to
go after problems.
Second, the hardware requirements are
not trivial. There’s one level of requirement
meaning “the system won’t run if you don’t
have this much hardware.” But there’s another
level meaning “it won’t be fast enough to be
usable if you don’t have this much more.”
Finally, and most seriously, no business
should adopt a new OS without studying the
license agreement. The Vista license is not
simple or notably friendly to users.
The Connection received dozens of letters
about Vista, most focusing on compatibility
issues. The best advice with any new software,
from simple programs to operating systems, is to
do thorough research before purchase and
installation. See Microsoft’s Vista Web site at
www.windowsvista.com. Or, for independent
reviews, enter “Should I buy Vista?” in your
search engine. Countless experts have weighed
in on this topic.—Ed.
Don’t try this at home
On page 23 of the February issue you ran
a drawing of a man and a child on a riding
lawn mower together. This is an extremely
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dangerous practice because the adult could be
distracted and the child could fall off and get
injured or killed from the blades in the lawn
mower. Children and lawn mowers do not
mix, in real life or pictures to decorate articles
in your magazine. I love your magazine, but
could not let this go without a comment.
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