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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to oppose restoration of Hemingway’s Finca Vigia

Posted June 03, 2005 by publisher in Cuba Culture.
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Miami Herald

Preservationists announced Thursday that the Bush administration has eased the trade embargo against Cuba enough to allow at least the first steps toward saving Ernest Hemingway’s crumbling home on a hilltop near Havana.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation put ‘‘Finca Vigia’’—the Cuban home where Hemingway lived from 1939 to 1960 and where he wrote The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls—on its 2005 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

In the nearly two decades that the list has been issued, this marks the first time a spot outside the United States has been included, said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust.

The United States has had a trade embargo against Cuba, with its Communist government headed by Fidel Castro, for four decades.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R.-Fla., an outspoken Castro opponent, said she would oppose the National Trust’s effort.

‘‘I will first verify how the permission process took place, then why the U.S government believes that historic preservation in a terrorist country is of our national interest, why U.S. citizens should want to use monies to refurbish a tourist site in a tourist apartheid society,’’ she said.

Moe said preservationists have received permission from the Treasury Department to send a team of experts to prepare a preservation plan. However, he said, ‘‘We do not yet have a license to take financial resources to Cuba’’ to do the actual restoration.

‘‘We’re working on that,’’ he said, citing ‘‘very good cooperation from both governments’’—the United States and Cuba.

Member Comments

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On June 03, 2005, publisher wrote:

Open letter to Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:

It’ been 40+ years since your Batista-associated family left Cuba. Can’t you get over it? Stop being such a pig-headed, one-issue hack and grow an open, forward thinking mind like most US citizens who contribute to the growth and productivity of our great melting pot called the United States of America.

If more people had your closed-mind, anti-freedom attitude, we’d be the Divided States of America separated by North and South.

Let Americans travel to Cuba. Let businesses do business and stop pandering to the small minority within the Cuban American population that gives you money to stay in power.

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On June 03, 2005, yumaguy wrote:

It’ not good enough to keep punishing the Castro regime (actually, it’ the everyday Cuban islander who gets screwed over, stuck between a rock, the U.S. embargo, and a hard place, the Cuban regime). Now they have to let rot an important piece of Anglo-American culture and history as well. Pretty pathetic from my point of view.

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On June 03, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

I wonder if she’d be okay seeing the Freedom Tower here in Miami become rubble?

Apart from US/Cuba issues the US is finally doing the right thing,preserving the estate and records of one of Americas literary minds and a noble prize winner.

Mrs. Lehtinen doesnt understand how important it is to preserve Hemingway’ work and estate,she’ probably never read a E.H. book,but she can sure swallow burritos here at a local Pincrest Mexican restaurant,I see her there all the time,next time I see her I’ll make sure to debate her on this matter and report back to Havana Journal!

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On June 04, 2005, waldo wrote:

RIGHT ON PUBLISHER! SHE IS A YANQUI IMPERIALIST AND THUS : YANQUI STAY HOME!

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On June 05, 2005, I-taoist wrote:

A “knee jerk” reaction is associated with an automatic reaction/reflex in response to a given stimulus.  It seems with some Floridians the name Cuba and verbs such as cooperation and engagement illicit just such a reactionary response. 

In light of the CIA/radical cuban exile history of sponsoring sabotage, assassination, civilian bombings, mayhem, perhaps even including Biological Warfare tactics, on the island of Cuba, it is also indicative that this person uses the word terrorist so lightly when it is directed at others.

I certainly understand the strong emotions many Cuban Americans feel when discussing Castro and the communists.  But reason dictates that in any debate requiring good judgement, those with too extreme a bias, or too emotional an approach, should recuse themselves from the discussion. 

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On June 05, 2005, waldo wrote:

But not Ileana and her objective elite capitalistic group in Miami. Only they know better for they hold the absolute truth and only they know what is good for Cuba. Only their ideas are real and only their minds are capable of developing the ultimate working plan for Cuba. You see; their status and wealth buys them first place in any debate or contest always placing them super high, even above International Organizations and all the Laws of the Land and of Heaven. And it is immense graceful love, never hate or greed, that fills and move their benevolent, unselfish and altruistic hearts. And to all of that greatness if you add their direct connection to God, the blessings from the White House and the CIA and corageous and noble actions by heroes like Posada Carrilles and Orlando Bosh, well by Jesus, they become omnipotent and practically invincible. Hail Ileana!