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Out of the Humidor

CA Readers
From the Print Edition:
cigar case, Summer 93

(continued from page 4)

I know President Bill Clinton reads your magazine. I'm hopeful he'll give consideration to my request. Here is my letter:

Bill Clinton
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20335

Dear President Clinton:

I know my tax increase this year would be much more palatable if I could light up a Cuban Cohiba, Hoyo de Monterrey or Ramon Allones the night I sign my tax return.

The world has changed so much since President Kennedy initiated the trade embargo against Cuba. Considering who the United States has been willing to do business with, the trade embargo against Cuba sticks out like a discarded cigar butt at a tea party. It has no place in today's political or economic world. Besides, unlike President Kennedy, I was unable to stock up on my favorite Cuban cigars the night before the embargo went into effect.

You have presented us with a challenge and burden that, as good Americans, we will meet. Please help ease the pain of April 15, by making it possible for us to enjoy a good Cuban smoke.

Very truly yours,

E. Melville McKinney
Mendocino, California

[The above was sent to the White House, and then Mr. McKinney sent us a copy.]

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William Mills — Orlando, Florida, USA,  —  June 13, 2013 7:37pm ET

Dear Marvin - Regarding the letter from Peter Worsham in the August issue, I lived in Havana from 1997 until 2000 as a member of the U.S. Interests Section. The GOOD cigars are indeed heavily controlled and expensive no matter where you buy them including Cuba. That said there was always counterfeit/seconds cigars to be had on the black market, but so easily available that the Cuban government had to be aware or complicit in their production and sale. In the end, although not top of the line cigars it was Cuban tobacco which I think is the best in the world.
Changing the subject, I just returned from a car trip to Eastern North Carolina and was surprised to see farm fields of growing tobacco. These same fields use to grow soy beans, cotton, and corn, while the owners were being paid NOT to grow tobacco. Can anyone tell me what has happened? Chinese demand? Domestic demand? Other?
Thanks for the fine magazine.

William Mills

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