Letters to the Editor

Castro vs. Batista

Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro speaks to a crowd during his triumphant march to Havana after the fall of the Batista regime Feb. 6, 1959.
Cuba’s leader Fidel Castro speaks to a crowd during his triumphant march to Havana after the fall of the Batista regime Feb. 6, 1959. Associated Press file

Let’s not forget who Castro replaced

Re “Cubans wondering what comes next” (Page 1A, Nov. 27): Much will be said about Fidel Castro, that he was a tyrant, a murderer, a dictator, as the article states. But what is always missing is information about the previous leader of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista.

Batista staged a coup, suspended the constitution, imprisoned and executed his opponents and turned Cuba into a police state. As a puppet of the Mafia and the United States, he enriched himself while his people suffered.

Yet Castro is the one always vilified.

Castro, while no saint, had a love of his people and his country at heart while Batista had contempt for the citizens of Cuba, whose only purpose was to make him rich and the wealthy of Cuba wealthier.

Castro stood up against the bullying of the United States, which is in itself an accomplishment, which is why the U.S. hated him. Rest in peace, Castro.

Michael Santos, Antelope

A different appraisal of Castro

Re “May Castro’s police state be buried with him” (Editorials, Nov. 28): Choosing an editorial published in the Miami Herald evaluating Fidel Castro’s role in Cuba and the world ensured the most negative appraisal possible.

In thinking about Cuba and the U.S.’s support of its dictator, Fulgencio Batista, I am reminded that Cuba was a brothel to the world; gambling was controlled by the U.S. mafia, banks were controlled and owned by U.S. banks.

Under Castro, Cuba became almost more literate and took its literacy campaign to many countries, as well as sending its doctors to assist them. Infant mortality in Cuba dropped. Hopefully The Bee will present an appraisal that reflects on these and so many other issues.

James Prigoff, Sacramento

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