Rosa Martinez

sequia en cubaHAVANA TIMES —The widespread tendency to blame the government for all the bad things that happen to us may be owed to having lived – for many years – in a social system filled with obstacles, where some leaders take advantage of their positions to live comfortably, rather than solve the most pressing problems faced by the people who, in one way or another, elected them.

The fact of the matter, however, is that not all Cuban leaders are corrupt, nor is the government to blame for all of the shortcomings of the socialist system as such.

If, for instance, the garbage truck doesn’t come by the neighborhood as often as it should, we immediately think there’s a shortage of fuel or vehicles, or that the trucks are probably idling in a shop somewhere because of a lack of spare pieces (things having to do with municipal and provincial governments). But it can happen that the garbage people assigned to our area are, quite simply, totally irresponsible, as often turns out to be the case.

If there’s a pot-hole in the middle of the street, we find it easy to say that all streets in Cuba are in dreadful condition. It is true that, in many cases, city workers tear up the streets for repair work and leave the job half-done, but it also happens that we are responsible for these pot-holes. Ignoring city planning laws, we tear up the street to install water pipes or drains and, after we’ve solved our problem, leave behind a shoddy job that affects everyone who uses the street, including ourselves.

Owing to the extreme drought affecting Cuba’s eastern provinces, water is now being distributed to the inhabitants of Guantanamo only once a week. Even though no one is to blame that the floodgates of heaven have been sealed by Saint Peter, some continue to blame the government for the extreme water shortages we face in Guantanamo.

Rosa Martínez

Rosa Martinez: I am another Havana Times contributing writer, university professor and mother of two beautiful and spoiled girls, who are my greatest joy. My favorite passions are reading and to write and thanks to HT I’ve been able to satisfy the second. I hope my posts contribute towards a more inclusive and more just Cuba. I hope that someday I can show my face along with each of my posts, without the fear that they will call me a traitor, because I’m not one.

8 thoughts on “Sometimes No One Is To Blame

  • In so many of the comments from you that I have read, you seem to blame everything on the US embargo, no matter what the problem is.
    The US is but 1 country out of many, so while both the US and Cuba are close, distance wise, there is no reason that Cuba cannot trade with other countries- and does do so.

    Cuba is not poor because of the US embargo.

    Cuba is not short of paint, plaster, cement or other materials all because of the US embargo.

    You are like a broken record about the embargo and blaming the US for everything- better to find solutions than try to make something else done by another country responsible for all a country’s ills.

  • First , Cuba has a state capitalist economy.
    It does not have a socialist economy which requires a bottom up worker controlled workplace.
    Second, the U.S. has an embargo upon Cuba that was put in place 54 years ago with the specific purpose of making all the Cuban people poor .
    They are poor largely because the U.S. embargo works very well .
    The government spends its money on health, education and welfare.
    Cuba is the only Latin American country without childhood malnutrition.
    It spends 10% of its budget on education. , things like that which does not leave money for paint, cement and infrastructure repair.
    Third, you’ve already been told that comparing Cuba to the USA makes no sense at all.
    Welcome to HT

  • You will note that I commented upon the leadership that the City of Edmonton administration provides and that agrees with your comment about your elected officials. The significant difference in Cuba appears to be that at all levels of government be it national, provincial or municipal, the function is one of control not leadership and cooperation. Hence there is no trust.
    The consequences are that very few care. My wife – who holds a significant role in education now detects a similar problem with students at secondary level:
    “Why should I bother, it makes no difference.” being a frequent comment.

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