2000-04-22 / Letters

Another Opinion On Elian

Dear Editor:

As of this writing, the on-going turmoil surrounding the six-year old Cuban born boy Elian Gonzalez has turned into a political football riddled nightmare – The media covering the story, blasts away with a blow-by-bow descriptive happening as further events occur. Elian’s mother drowned as she tried to make her escape with her son so as not to live in communist Cuba, but to make their home in the democracy of the United States.

Elian was rescued and is under the care and protection of his Cuban American relatives in Miami, Florida. His father is alive, a Cuban citizen who wants Elian, but the relatives refuse to give him up.

This tug-of-war is inflammatory, resulting in wild protests and demonstrations, both in Cuba and in the United States. Despite the rules of the court, Elian remains a pawn in the protective custody of relatives in Florida. I hope this problem is resolved quickly and peacefully – enough already.

Talking of children and the concern for their well-being, the news points out that here in the United States children are suffering. They are abused, neglected, starving, homeless, abandoned with no one to care for them. A country as great as we are, should make it a priority to correct this condition, so that the helpless forgotten child be given the opportunity to grow and develop to the best of their potential in a healthy and caring environment.

MILDRED SCHULMAN

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