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The Cuban Carlift: Clunkers for Peace Plan

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Street Smart
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Cubans Missing Cubans
Street Smart   11/22/2011 8:16:23 AM
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Great NY Times article this morning on Cuba and the ties that bind relatives in South Florida to relatives in Cuba.

"The truth is that the driver in policy is not the relationship between the United States and Cuba, but the relationship between Cubans, and that is far stronger than 50 years of intragovernment hostility."

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/us/cuban-americans-take-lead-in-building-ties-with-cuba.html

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Re: Love to get my hands on one...
Bargain Bin   11/18/2011 4:08:35 PM
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I wouldn't be opposed to getting my hand son a macguyvered classic car, personally. 

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Love to get my hands on one...
Tenacious   11/18/2011 10:16:34 AM
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They say a lot of the cars in Cuba have been severely modified, with an engine from one car replaced in a different model. But I still think it would be cool to get my hands on one of the working originals that people are still driving there.

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Cuba Photos
AskAsa   11/17/2011 10:10:50 PM
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Carol's Cuba Photos.
Wonderful atmospheric work. Saturated colors, blended textures all
tell the Cuban story.
Tropical Clothes Dryer says it all.

AskAsa
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Clunkers
AskAsa   11/17/2011 10:08:52 PM
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Great Work Marvin!
Your plan will undoubtedly bring Cubans and Americans closer.
I'm fantasizing cruising along the Malecon in my Hudson Hornet,
steering wheel in one hand - rum and coke in the other,
Cohibas smoke filling the air.

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That New Camera (and Carol) were good investments
Papabotts   11/17/2011 9:44:27 PM
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What a novel way to get both Marvin's wry commentary, greasing what is essentially a good, common sense set of ideas, alongside the work of the lovely Carol, in front of some sets of eyes simultaneously. The marriage works on paper too! Who knew? If we could import their mechanics instead of exporting cars, we could then put GM completely OUT of business. So perhaps this exporting of cars is the better idea of the two....

  Just lovely photos Carol. Marvin, after 50+ years of writing, look! you're finally getting the hang of it! :-)

Great read.

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Cuban carlift
mcgovernann@aol.com   11/17/2011 2:52:50 PM
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Hi Marvin,

 

Carole's photo a gem. 

Now--of course I vote for cleaner air, eco advances and all that, but in my 5 trips to Cuba, I so loved the old cars and the ingenuity of the Cuban people who kept them running. I woud miss them so much! Also, you should know that the camelback busses are history. A few years back, fleets of Russian modern, roomier busses began to  ride the Havana roads and the masses struggling to get on a bus are lessened. 

As you know, it's very easy to get to Cuba now. Just google "trips to Cuba." People who have never been should visit now, before the beautiful island country becomes a shoppig mall. Ann McGovern

 

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My Favorite Subject
Ted Faraone   11/17/2011 2:01:42 PM
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As Marvin knows, automobiles are my favorite subject.  I love the column and Carol's picture.  The Cuban government has already moved in the direction Marvin suggests.  There is a government-run restoration shop and showroom on the island in which pre-1959 American cars are restored and sold to foreigners for hard currency (although I don't know if they still take Euros).  American's can't buy them because of the embargo.  An American needs a middleman. 

Tenacious
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that bus
Tenacious   11/17/2011 10:49:17 AM
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My favorite photo is the bus. I just chuckle to look at it.

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Re: Affordability
Scott Raynovich   11/17/2011 10:47:47 AM
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Sweet pics! Thanks Marvin..

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