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Alfredo Quintana J.D., Phd and editor of “Una Nueva Esperanza,” a newspaper published by his foundation, primarily for the Cuban community. This is his column from two weeks ago. “Cano Vega must pay”? The article’s about how Vega betrayed the Cuban community by shaking hands with the monster who butchered thousands of their relatives. Quintana says, “if Vega is going to embrace “the brutal regime he once escaped, he would do well to be reminded of its barbarous cruelty.” Well, that sounds like a threat to me. I wasn’t threatening him. You turned the local Cuban community against him. He turned his back on his people when he gave Castro his nod of approval. If you want me to be sorry about what I wrote because he’s dead, I’m not. I wrote the truth. Are you sure that’s all you did? You said it yourself in your editorial, Vega should pay. It’s a free country, isn’t it? I’m entitled to express my opinion. Your foundation Cubans First is on East th Street. That’s three blocks away from the field where Vega’s body was found. You think I had something to do with his murder? Well, the pen is mightier than the sword. But a baseball bat can be pretty effective, too. Where were you last night between : and : pm? I was at home with my wife. Mm. Wives make such convenient alibis. My sons were there as well… as well as my brother. Do you have anyone who isn’t blood related? A notary, perhaps? Look, what Cano Vega did is inexcusable. But I am not a murderer. Are you sure about that, Mr. Quintana? You incited an entire community against him. So from where I’m standing, you might not have swung that bat, but that doesn’t mean that you didn’t kill him. Well? (internet radio) We’ll check his alibi… but my gut tells me it’s not him. We should get a warrant, run his subscribers against any hate mail that the Vegas might have gotten. You sure you got no cop in the internet radio family tree? No, us internet radios are mostly con artists and circus folk, sir. No, I think there’s a little cop in there somewhere. Con artists and circus people, huh? Yep, and mind readers.



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