Originally created 04/21/00

Believes Elian's dad should decide

The people of the United States should realize that Elian Gonzales' father has the right to do what is in the best interest of his son. No one else can make that decision for Elian except for the natural parents. Unfortunately the mother died trying to get her son to the United States. Even though the Miami relatives love their nephew dearly, that does not give them the right to keep a father and son apart.

It doesn't matter that Cuba is a Communist country and the United States is a democracy. If this government allowed relatives to keep a child away from their parent, then the Constitution and the Bill of Rights would be meaningless. The sad part about this story is that Elian is being taught how to break the law and defy the government.

Herbert Parsons, Augusta

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