Washington & Cuba IN THE NEWS

New Day Northwest: Travel back in time and with ease on this cruise to Cuba

Cuba is a beautiful place to visit but often eludes people because of restrictions and a lack of accessibility. However, a trip there ISN'T impossible! AAA Washington recently hosted an Oceania cruise to Havana, Cuba through the Panama Canal with a stop in Cartagena, Columbia. Travel expert Lisa Anciaux just returned from the trip and had great things to say about the little country in the Caribbean, "It's so hard to describe because there's something just so earthy about it. It's like going back into time. It's just electrifying."

Spokesman-Review: When visiting Cuba, forget the preconceptions

My experience was one of hospitable and gracious people. People who are proud of their country and aware of its faults. People who are eager to speak to Americans and curious about their northern neighbors.

So, if you go, fight your preconceptions, forget your preferences and submerge yourself into Cuba. You’ll have a good trip.

Spokesman-Review (Opinion): See Cuba For Yourself

Thank you for the story on ROW Adventure’s kayaking in Cuba (“Navigating Cuba,” April 28). I took that tour in 2018 with several friends from Spokane. After hearing horror stories about Cuba all of my adult life, I found that Cubans are really just “normal” people, living a simple life, held back by a big rich neighbor holding a grudge from long ago.

I encourage you to go see for yourself. Maybe we can help change the future of Cuba, and the world, for the better.

Seattle Times (Opinion): The U.S. and Cuba have so much to gain from mutual engagement

The consequences of the failed embargo and blockade policy and congressional acts are seriously detrimental to both countries. The reversal of President Barack Obama’s softening of relations by President Donald Trump will only lead Cuba toward other partnerships with Europe, Russia and China.

More import are the potential benefits to both of our countries:

  • Cuba imports nearly 60-80 percent of its food and can open a $2 billion agricultural market with the U.S. In a first major overture from Congress in 20 years, the 2018 Farm Bill provides for a new opening for agricultural trade with Cuba.

  • Cuba wants clean energy and needs $3.5 billion to develop it.

  • Cuba’s preventive- and primary-care systems are a model health-care system in the world — drugs to treat cancer and diabetes fail to reach U.S. markets.

  • Cuba is positioned with its higher-education system to become an innovation hub in the important Caribbean region.

San Francisco Chronicle: Washington laments loss of ag trade with Cuba

The aisle of a Havana grocery store is lined with shelf after shelf of cheddar-flavored Pringles. At the deli counter, there are dozens of boxes of frozen fish sticks. Down another aisle, a brand of baby wipes fill the shelves. The produce section, meanwhile, is almost bare. A few bags of frozen fruits and vegetables sit in a glass case. 

San Francisco Chronicle: Lt. Gov. Owen, others, plan trade mission to Cuba

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen's office announced Friday that he is planning to lead a trade mission to Cuba in September. Ken Camp, Owen's chief of staff, said in an email that the trip is planned for September 4-10 and that more than a dozen people will be part of the delegation. 

Washington's Champions

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)   Cosponsor of  Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Cosponsor of Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)   Cosponsor of  Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

Cosponsor of Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA-1)   Cosponsor of  Cuba Agricultural Export Expansion Act

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA-1)

Cosponsor of Cuba Agricultural Export Expansion Act