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Biden administration wrong to sanction Nicaragua | READER COMMENTARY

Nicaraguan citizens protest against President Daniel Ortega in San Jose, Costa Rica, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Javier Cordoba)
Nicaraguan citizens protest against President Daniel Ortega in San Jose, Costa Rica, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Javier Cordoba) (Javier Cordoba/AP)

Thank you to Bob Swensen of Glen Arm for his letter to the editor, “US should leave Nicaragua alone” (Nov. 16), which condemns President Joe Biden for slapping sanctions on Nicaragua. President Biden did this by signing into law the RENACER Act, a law which increases debilitating sanctions ostensibly on Nicaraguan officials, but effectively on the poorest communities in Nicaragua. What readers should know is that the whole Maryland Congressional delegation, House and Senate, shamefully voted for the RENACER Act.

Mr. Swensen has been to Nicaragua 25 times and, as he explains, has seen how President Daniel Ortega’s Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government has improved the lives of the Nicaraguan people — ”free food for children, free health care, free schooling and 95% of the people have electricity.”

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How often has President Biden — or members of the Maryland congressional delegation — visited there and talked to the Nicaraguan people?

Margaret Baldridge, Baltimore

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