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Letter: Anticipating open Cuban relations

A Cuban rides his bicycle by graffiti hailing

A Cuban rides his bicycle by graffiti hailing former Cuban President Fidel Castro in Havana on Aug. 12, 2014. On Dec. 17, 2014, the United States and Cuba moved to restore diplomatic relations after a half-century of Cold War-era acrimony. U.S. President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement of the historic shift was accompanied by the release of American Alan Gross, who had been held in Cuba for five years, and an exchange of imprisoned spies. Photos: U.S.-Cuba relations through the years Credit: AFP-Getty Images / Yamil Lage

I applaud President Barack Obama on his historic move to open up diplomatic relations with Cuba ["A Washington lame duck that roared," Opinion, Dec. 22].

Opening up the Cuban market will not only help the U.S. economy, but also will make a better life for the people of Cuba.

Martin Blumberg, Melville