By SILVIO CANTO, JR.
During our early months in the United States, my parents were so impressed with just about everything in our new country, most of all, the new freedom and opportunity that America had given us.
My father would always remind us of all of the benefits of being here.
For example, he’d say someone with my big mouth would be sitting in a political prison in Cuba for insurrection.
Also, he’d say that Fidel Castro would have sent my brother and me to Angola if we had stayed behind. In fact, many young Cuban men did serve in those wars in Africa. Many died or came back with AIDS, as we used to read in press reports in the late 1980s.
Something else my parents would often talk about was U.S. highways.
Cuba had a developed road and train infrastructure, but nothing like those huge superhighways that connect U.S. cities.
I can remember my mother admiring the roads on Sunday afternoons when we’d go out for a picnic.
How many times did I hear our Cuban friends compliment those clean and well-paved U.S. roads? A lot!
It was a topic that many Cubans would actually talk about in those small expat gatherings, when our parents were in the living room and we youngsters were listening to the Rolling Stones.
Americans tend to take these marvelous roads for granted.
For example, you can drive from Atlanta to Los Angeles on I-10, from Minneapolis to San Antonio on I-35, from Maine to Miami on I-95, and from San Diego to Seattle on I-5.
It is really a great transportation system, and something that Americans should be very proud of!
It all started when the U.S. Senate approved the Federal Highway Act in June 1956.
The U.S. House approved it on a voice vote the next day.
I guess everyone was “on board” to start building those highways that connected the country from coast to coast and Mexico to Canada.
Looking back, this is how a federal government should work.
SILVIO CANTO, JR. is a Cuban-born U.S. citizen who teaches English at a north Texas college. He is the author of the book “Cubanos in Wisconsin” and has a daily online radio program and blog dealing with U.S. and Latin American politics, as well as sports and historic events, and is a regular contributor to American Thinker.
…June 30, 2020