Connecticut residents weigh in on U.S. – Cuba relations

FILE - In this March 22, 2013 file photo, miniature flags representing Cuba and the U.S. are displayed on the dash of an American classic car in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The new relationship between the United States and Cuba is being watched closely by many people.

“Right now there seems to be a sense of what’s next,” said Diane Ariza, associate vice-president of Academic Affairs at Quinnipiac University.  Originally from the Caribbean, she recently came back from a week-long educational visit to Cuba. She says while she was there a great deal of work was underway ahead of Friday’s iconic ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

“A lot of preparation for who is going to be there, the officials, what type of community could be available to be part of that community,” said Ariza.

Ariza adds the island is beautiful with great people. However, she worries about Cuba’s infrastructure, especially as more Americans start traveling there for vacation.

“When we went there, very difficult. No ATM’s, couldn’t use a credit card so that is going to change in the years ahead.”

Philip Goduti Jr., professor of history at Quinnipiac University, says everyone will benefit from what’s happening to our south.



“It does affect every American. Just the mere fact that we’re trying to re-establish the relationship with this country shows that not only can every American rest a little easier, but also enjoy the benefits of Cuba,” said Goduti.


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