LINK By DAVID ADAMS, Times Latin America Correspondent. Published September 11, 2005
WASHINGTON - Hurricanes have a way of bringing out the best in people. Include U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., in that category.
When Fidel Castro offered to send 1,100 Cuban doctors and 26 tons of medical supplies to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, South Florida's Cuban-American members of Congress rudely rejected it.
Martinez, who is also Cuban-American, was more graceful.
"If we need doctors and Cuba offers them and they provide a good service, then of course we should accept them and we're grateful for that offer," he told reporters.
What might seem like ordinary words of common sense to most people came like an astonishing breath of fresh air to longtime Cuba observers. Sadly, it's rare that anyone as highly placed as Martinez is willing to respond to Cuba in such a civilized manner...