Letters to the Editor: George Gascón needs to reexamine old murder convictions right now
I am a third-generation Cubano immigrant who has not lived in my nation for over half a century, but who continues to feel close to the land of my ancestors and the people they came to America to work and raise their families.
As a young man, I was hired as an interpreter for a tour guide who lived in my hometown, one of the first Cubans to come from Cuba to the U.S.
With the help of the U.S. government, my job was to read and translate a letter written centuries ago – one of many that was addressed to a great man known as George Washington; a letter describing the Spanish Inquisition, the persecution of Cubans and the destruction of a land many Cubans are still struggling to recover from more than 200 years after it began.
The letter was part of the first letter written to the newly appointed president of the new nation when it first began to take shape from the mouth of a young man who had emigrated from Spain only three years earlier.
As an immigrant I would like to add my personal message to the letter we are sending today.
George I want all U.S. citizens to know that to me, at least, George is a great man who I am proud to call my neighbor in Ohio and throughout our great nation.
A friend at work
My friend is the best man I have ever known. He came to the U.S. as a young adult with more than $100 in his pocket. And if he had done a better job with the money, he could have been very wealthy.
Instead he worked a job as a fast-food store manager for 17 years. He is now 65 years old and still not sick. He is living on his own because he can’t get a decent apartment anywhere near his hometown of Miami. He is disabled in his legs and needs help with his arthritis, but he wants to keep working.
The only problem with his work is he can’t take a vacation because his daughter and two grandchildren live in Virginia and he has no place to go on family