In 2011, I was a member of a group of physicians, dentists and nurses that went to Cuba to evaluate their healthcare system.
Ask Mike Durkin how one of his recent weekends went, and he'll likely say, "It sucked."
CHICAGO | In 2013, the White Sox would have added gloomy result to gloomy environs after Matt Lindstrom blew a save in the ninth inning Sunday.
LANSING | Ilian Perez left his native land as a national champion.
"Nattering nabobs of negativism" is probably the most enduring of the many alliterative pronouncements of Spiro Agnew, vice president in the Nixon administration until forced to resign because of corruption.
Ella Hollis, Merrillville | "I think they should. We should be able to travel there freely. We want everyone to be democratic, so let them be whatever they want."
Nichole Thomas, Kouts | "In a way, yes. It should be one of our freedoms to trade or travel with them if we choose."
Jennifer Fejes, Merrillville | "Yes, it's only right. Everybody has a right to be who they want, and they do too."
Shirley Popyk, Lowell| "Knowing their history, it would be a negative. I think you have to look at the economic growth and change your mind, especially if it were good for us."
John Popyk, Lowell | "No, never. As long as they remain communist, then it should never be lifted."
Ryan Rogers, Gary | "Whatever someone wants to do, they should be able to. If you keep up on current events and know what to expect and still choose to go, then you should be allowed to."
Region views on trade with Cuba
MUNSTER | During the 1920s, Yiddish-speaking Jews traveled to Cuba from Eastern Europe. Rather than a stopover on the way to the United States, Cuba became home.
Cubans work to repair an old Chevrolet on a street in Havana.
An expressive Cuban guitar player.
A Cuban woman smokes one of the country's famous cigars. The cigars are plentiful, but most Cubans cannot afford them.
An old Chevrolet is parked on a Havana street in Cuba.
Two men listen to a guitar player on a Havana street.
Cuba’s President Raul Castro has made notable news by announcing on Feb. 24 that he will retire from that office in 2018. His older brother Fidel stepped down from the same post in 2008, after turning 85 years of age.
Christopher Kennedy Lawford, whose parents are the late Patricia Kennedy Lawford and her actor husband Peter Lawford, is coming to Valparaiso University in March to speak at a dinner event in the ballroom of the Harre Student Union.
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