US-Cuba Sports Diplomacy: An Expansive View

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The Monitor editorial "Beisbol Diplomacy" (April 1) distorts the positive impact of the exhibition baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban all-star team.

Beyond the historic significance of this excellent game, there is no doubt that it showed that is possible to reach a high level of exchange between our peoples, when it is based on the absolute respect of our countries' sovereignty and independence. This represents the genuine expression of those who believe in the possibility of normalizing relations between our countries, from which both will benefit - extending relations not only to the sports and cultural fields but also to the economic field.

Analysis like that in your editorial is far from the best values and feelings of US people who favor contacts between the two peoples. Luis Fernndez Washington Press Officer Cuban Interests Section More to women than beauty-mag image Thanks to columnist Marilyn Gardner for her article "Feminism through the beauty-mag looking glass" (April 7)! I have personally boycotted the glamor mags for years because of their dehumanizing view of women. They feed into the myth that women are made "for just one thing." They promote shallowness and deny that there's more to women than the hank of hair and a piece of bone. It's time to look beyond the hair and the eyes and the nails and the lips to what women are really about. Hopefully the editors will feel compelled to reveal the fuller expression of women's intelligence, strength, compassion, and what women contribute to society. In doing this they could help to change society's narrow perspective of women. Kathy McElroy Pueblo, Colo. No group of Americans is in greater need of strong, positive role models than teenage girls. Yet magazines targeted to young women seem to ignore this need and devote most of their pages to cosmetic beauty, sexual gratification, and horoscopes. …


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