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STOP FIGHTING OVER BOY AND RETURN HIM TO CUBA

Have I gone crazy, or are we really debating the desires of a dead mother over the rights of a living father? Every step in the unfolding tragedy known as the Elian Gonzalez custody battle undermines the role of the father in every broken family. I am astonished that the facts of this case are so diminished. Elian's mother risked and lost her own life and endangered her son's.

Cuba may not be our idea of paradise, but it is home to Elian and his family. He may not have access to Disney World and Pokemon cards in Cuba, but he does have his father, grandparents, friends and neighbors -- in short, his life. For the preservation of the family, we need to do what is right and let Elian go home.

In adulthood, after learning the lessons and character of life from his father and family, Elian will be better suited to make his own choices. And at the current rate of change, perhaps Cuba will be free in his lifetime.

In the event that we still feel compelled to fight about something, lobbying Congress to normalize relations with Cuba is the better fight.

ANNA SALVAMOSER

Eggertsville

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