Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Ernie Els, November/December 2012
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I just finished reading your 20th anniversary issue from cover to cover! This collector’s issue should be required reading for anyone who wants to learn about the history of the cigar industry. For the past 20 years I have made a very comfortable living selling cigar accessories and cigars to cigar retailers throughout the Midwest. I was fortunate to enter the cigar industry at the same time you acted on your dream to created Cigar Aficionado. The magazine helped make me a success and helped me put two kids through college (my daughter is in her last year of law school at the University of Illinois and my son will be attending law school at the University of Illinois in 2013). I am still plugging away in the cigar industry. I even had the honor of recently being pictured in Cigar Aficionado’s famous photo gallery Moments to Remember section. My thanks to you Marvin and your entire staff. Keep on smoking!
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
As someone who enjoys a good cigar, and a subscriber to Cigar Aficionado, I do not necessarily consider myself a connoisseur of the “finer” cigars available in the market. However, that is not the purpose of this letter. My purpose is to ask a question.
One can go into virtually any store in the land, except perhaps a bakery and shops of that type, and find items made in China. China is just as communist as Cuba and vice versa, yet we have open trade agreements with them. Why is it not possible to raise, just a little bit, the embargo against Cuba and allow the importation of say two items: cigars and rum? In return we can export to Cuba such things as plumbing supplies and electrical goods. They need automobiles, but one step at a time here. In the years since the embargo was put in place, we have gotten deeper and deeper into commercial intercourse with the Chinese. A very recent opinion written by Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, points to an aggressive China now and in the future. And yet we continue to receive on our shores containers filled with Chinese goods. Why can’t we get cigars from Cuba? How long has it been since Cuba showed any inclination toward any aggression? What’s wrong with this picture?
Editor’s Note: See the Editors Letter in this issue.
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