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End U.S. embargo of Cuba

My memories of Cuba reach back to my youth in 1960 when my dad checked us into the Theresa Hotel in Harlem and Fidel Castro was a fellow guest. Since then, I have walked picket lines, signed petitions, written letters and otherwise agitated for an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba.

President Barack Obama had the wisdom and courage to end that 54-year stalemate ("Cuba policy draws critics, new battles on Capitol Hill," Dec. 17). The agreement he reached with Raul Castro will restore full diplomatic relations, reopen U.S. and Cuban embassies, expand travel and trade. He negotiated the release of Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and release of the last of the so-called "Cuban Five" from U.S. prisons. Hopefully, it will end the embargo helping to create thousands of jobs and new markets.

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Mr. Obama deserves all the support we can muster to prevent Cold Warriors from reversing his Cuba peace initiative. I also hope he succeeds in his efforts to unfreeze relations with Iran. Maybe we will see Air Force One flying our president to summit meetings in Havana and Tehran!

Rev. Pierre Williams, Baltimore

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