(TMH)-Earlier this month, nearly a year to the day President Barack Obama shocked Cuban Americans with the news that the U.S. would reestablish relations with the Castro regime, a group of Cuban-American business people, almost all from Miami, quietly traveled to the island to see for themselves what, if anything, had changed. Most of the 10 men — even a couple of otherwise staunch conservatives — returned convinced that stronger ties to the U.S. would help Cubans. They published a full-page advertisement in Sunday’s Miami Herald urging others to join their cause. Its title: “An Open Letter to Our Fellow Cuban-Americans.” … Fernandez, who has also been to Cuba four times this year, said that despite vocal opponents, he was buoyed by warm reception to his September op-ed in the Herald declaring his intent to help rebuild Cuba. He hopes Sunday’s ad might give social and political cover to others who agree, even as repression on the island continues. “There are many, many Cuban Americans in this community that are concerned about coming out and saying, ‘Let’s give something else a chance,’” Fernandez said. “Nothing else has worked up to now.” (En The Miami Herald)
–IMAGEN: “Miguel (Mike) Fernandez currently serves as Chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, L.P., a private equity firm located in Coral Gables, Florida. The firm focuses on investing in healthcare service companies nationwide. He is married to Constance Fernandez and has five children.”: En MBF Healthcare Partners, L.P.