In response to Andy Lau’s letter (CDT, 4/25) in which he stated that Cubans enjoy a “decent quality of life,” I’d like to point out that (according to the website Trading Economics), in 2014 the average wage in Cuba was at an all-time monthly high of 584 Cuban pesos ... which in U.S. dollars is just more than $22 per month. I’m not sure how anyone can consider this a “decent quality of life.” Not to mention the innumerable human rights abuses and abundant lack of freedoms on the island.
As Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” When we understand this — that people are created in God’s image and are born with the right to be treated as such and to pursue their lives in freedom, then we will understand what a “decent quality of life” really is.
Surely the many Cubans who have come here or have died trying understand (more than 4,300 people have attempted the dangerous trip to the U.S. by sea just since October, according to cbsnews.com). Lacking, I believe, are examples of Americans who have died trying to get to Cuba to enjoy their particular quality of life.
Amy Rothrock, State College
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