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14 de Marzo del 2000

NOBODY SPEAKS UP FOR THE LOW-INCOME ELDERS WITHOUT LUNCH. By Rafael Conteras Bueno, Cuba Free Press.

Pinar del Río.- The elderly of low incomes in the residential zone of Hermanos Cruz, a suburb of this city, have been left indefinitely without rights to a lunch that was given them until recently in a building that was part of the public nutrition network. The reason for the change is because ETECSA, the Italian-Cuban joint enterprise in the communications industry is doing some construction. So most of the streets in the area have been dug up, including the street where the senior citizens' center was located.

It seems that a government inspector came by and ordered the closing of the seniors' food establishment, alleging that the construction dust was harmful and could affect the foods and those who consumed them.

As he was leaving, someone among a group of neighbors gathered on the corner asked the inspector, "Why don't you close the café opposite it, the one that sells for dollars? The dust blows on the food sold there, too, doesn't it?"

He quickly responded, "Well, that cafe is for dollars only and produces a profit to the nation. The one for the old people only produces a loss, my friend." With that, the inspector smiled at the questioner and showing how satisfied he was with his answer strode away.

Then someone else said softly, "They call him the shrewd one." The rest of the group, which included some hungry oldsters, remained silent. So that's how things are in Cuba. Where government dollars are concerned, not even the shrewdest among the meek intervenes.

Rafael Contreras Bueno, Cuba Free Press.


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