In their own words ...
"I never dreamed I'd set foot here. The embargo went into effect when I was 10 years old. But clearly, it hasn't worked, and after 40 years, you have to look at alternatives. President Castro is going to be here whether we like it or not."
--Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos on July 15, 1951), also known as "The Body", "The Star", and "The Governing Body", is an American politician, retired professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. , speaking to reporters Sept. 26 following a ceremony inaugurating the U.S. Food & Agribusiness Exhibition in Havana.
"I should watch my weight."
--Fidel Castro, as he picked at a plate of French fries on the show's opening day.
"Cuba is an international deadbeat dead·beat 1 Slang
1. One who does not pay one's debts.
2. A lazy person; a loafer.
Not fulfilling one's obligations or paying one's debts: a deadbeat dad. and last in terms of GDP GDP (guanosine diphosphate): see guanine. ... This is a Jurassic Park economy and it's no great market for the U.S."
--James Cason, the new chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, warning U.S. exhibitors not to get too enthusiastic about doing business in Cuba.
"We understand this is an election year ... but the people at this trade show represent this country's commercial interests. We cannot be ignored."
--David Radlo, president of Radlo Foods, a Watertown, Mass. egg producer.
"American business has been reintroduced to Cuba. We're back, and this irreversible."
--John Kavulich, president of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council Inc.
"We are continuously taking the pulse of the U.S. position regarding Cuban trade. I predict that the travel restrictions will be lifted in the next 12 months."
--Gene T. Arthur, president of Comidas y Bebidas International Inc., a New Jersey food exporter that participated in the Havana trade show.
"In our state, producers are looking to diversify. Cuba offers an excellent market. We will definitely let our legislators know that."
--Anthony Moreno, marketing official at Kentucky's Department of Agriculture.
"If Falun Gong Falun Gong
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Pinar del Rio, city (1994 est. pop. 118,000), capital of Pinar del Rio prov., W Cuba. It is linked by rail and highway to Havana and is the center of a road network running through the province. ."
--Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R-FL), chair of the House subcommittee on international operations Internal Operations (I.O., IO or I/O) is a fictional American Intelligence Agency in Wildstorm comics. It was originally called International Operations. I.O. first appeared in WildC.A.T.S. volume 1 #1 (August, 1992) and was created by Brandon Choi and Jim Lee. and human rights, speaking Sept. 5 at a seminar in Washington.
"Cuban infants have a right to try our products."
--Kenneth Rosario, general manager of Gerber Products of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (pwār`tō rē`kō), island (2005 est. pop. 3,917,000), 3,508 sq mi (9,086 sq km), West Indies, c.1,000 mi (1,610 km) SE of Miami, Fla. Inc.
"For 40 years, U.S. Cuba policy has been held hostage by a self-interested minority while the rest of the nation has suffered the economic burden of being cut off from a natural trading partner."
--Lissa Weinmann of Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba.
"This fair will help build sentiment in Congress for further liberalizing trade with Cuba."
--Brian Alexander, executive director of the Cuba Policy Foundation, a Washington nonprofit organization Nonprofit Organization
An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.
Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. that seeks to end the embargo.
"As a farmer, my job is to produce food for people to eat. When it comes to the politics of the embargo, that's for the politicians to understand."
--Ralph Kaehler, owner of Homedale Farms in St. Charles, Minn., which won a contract to sell 50 beef and dairy cows and other livestock to Alimport.
"Cuba is a big topic because people like to make it a big topic, but it's not like you have a market down there. It all depends on how it happens. Will people go back to Cuba or will they stay here? I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. , and I don't think anybody else knows."
--Lettie Bien, president of the Coral Gables Coral Gables, city (1990 pop. 40,091), Miami-Dade co., SE Fla., SW of Miami; inc. 1925. Founded at the height of the Florida land boom, Coral Gables is a noted planned city, with tree-lined boulevards and Mediterranean-style buildings. Chamber of Commerce.