Editorial: A Beneficial Move on Cuba
|Thursday, 18 December 2014|
|Lincoln Journal Star (NE)|
Excerpt: Nebraskans have first-hand experience with the benefits of expanded trade with Cuba. The normalization of relations with the island nation only 90 miles away announced Wednesday by President Barack Obama brightens prospects for more in the future. It also raises hopes that rolling back restrictions on American contact will be more successful in loosening communist control in Cuba than 54 years of sanctions and a strict embargo have produced. In 2001, Congress carved out an exception for agriculture and medical products in the U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba. Since then, Gov. Dave Heineman has led three trade missions. A tally of goods exported to Cuba several years ago put the value at more than $70 million worth of products such as dry beans, corn, wheat, pork and beef.
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