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On the front page of last week's East Hampton Star was a story of East Hampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman's and East Hampton Town Board Member Diana Weir's trip to Playa, Cuba.  The story states that Mr. Schneiderman signed a "letter of intention" with a member of Cuba's version of a state assembly.  We at BONAC.COM think that Mr. Schneiderman's actions were presumptious at best and he should have sought buy-in from other East Hampton Town organizations prior to committing our town to a relationship with a foreign country whose government  is based on communist principles.  
As a review, communism is defined as:

com·mu·nism (kmy-nzm) n. 

 1.  A theoretical economic system characterized by the collective ownership of 
property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of 
all members. 
2.  A system of government in which the state plans and controls the 
economy and a single, often authoritarian party holds power, claiming to make 
progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared 
by the people. 
3.  The Marxist-Leninist version of Communist doctrine that advocates the 
overthrow of capitalism by the revolution of the proletariat. 

A communist country is not a democracy.  Its' officials are not the freely elected voice of the people.  They use, and have used, intimidation, torture and murder to further their misbegotten ideology not only on their political adversaries, but to any "citizen" voicing an opinion other than the "official position".  Mr. Schneiderman met with Edel E. Correa Mijares, Playa's Municipality Assembly of People's Power.

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Barry W. Leach
December 17, 2000