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Published: Tuesday, March 5 2013 3:05 p.m. MST

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Sanpete, UT

A great opportunity for many people to take countrol of what is rightfully theirs--their country and lives. Hopefully someone who is honorable will take over as a true leader of this country.

Apo, AE

Lest we forget...

Chavez's cancer was Bush's fault. Or was it the Republicans in the House?

Down under
Pullman, WA

Let us hope that new leadership will move Venezuela back into the modern era of politics and away from the socialist/communist mentality. I love the Venezuelana people and want better for them.

Orem, UT

Now what's going to happen when Barack Obama's most conspicuous cheerleader can't cheer for his favorite American President? Maybe another two-bit communist dictator will come forward so the Obama administration can give them their full support.

Ivins, UT

Send Dennis Rodman (our Ambassador at Large( to represent the US and President Obama at his funeral. I am sure he would have many kind words to leave for the dead Head of State.

Mcallen, TX

Let's hope freedom, and liberty springs from this.

May we avoid leaders like Hugo here in the United States of America.

Kaysville, UT

Chavez went to Cuba to get medical care than Venezuela. Venezuela was a country with a lot of capital from the oil drilling, extraction, processing and exporting. Chavez became what Cuba got with Castro. Chavez basically made everything government owned or controlled. Their nation is much worse off than it was in the 1960s and 1970s. An Army General to a President that was dictatorial and controlling. They have so many natural resources and great people and professional existed there. Engineers trained in the United States of America were such a potential for a country that had the benefit of oil. Castro only had sugar cane and didn't do a great job with that. At least with Cuba in communism that kept Las Vegas and Atlantic City on a roll without Havana and the tropical paradise recreation. It will be interesting to see if the Vice President type person is really able to run the country now that absentia didn't last forever. Bolivia and Nicaragua still have their allegiance to Castro but Hugo is not in the picture anymore.

Venezuela promising potential for years. When the dictator got deposed in 1960s the people honked their cars for days.

Joey D


To late.

Springville, UT

Good riddance.

Meadow Lark Mark

Today too many in the United States want to be like Venezuela. Isn't that the answer to everything, we need the government to take total care of us in every aspect of our lives!! Yes then all will be well for us.

Clearfield, UT

What a shame. Sad. He will be missed by many. Foruntateley I am not one of them.

San Diego, CA

For the people here critical of Mr. Chavez or those claiming that freedom can now come to Venezuela, the facts of the matter are that under Chavez's rule:

-poverty went down from an estimated 43% in '99 to 26% in '10 according to the world bank, extreme poverty also fell but by 72%

-infant mortality rate fell by 18% between 1998 and 2006

-unemployment fell from 15% in 99 to 8% in 09

Now he did nationalize many foreign industries, he didn't like the USA or its meddling in Venezuela's oil industry and inflation is still high. Inflation was 29% in '10 but it was also 29% in '89 and 99% in '96 before Chavez came to power. But if infant mortality dropped under Chavez then nationalized industries and a stubbornly high inflation rate are worth paying for. Results matter more than ideology.

Bronx, NY

such classy comments by our conservative friends on this thread, way to stay classy.

Mcallen, TX

@Meadow Lark Mark

"we need the government to take total care of us in every aspect of our lives!!"

Yes! Even if it means poverty.

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

Chavez has been demonized by the press for years. Why? Could it be that he decided to never let his country bow down to US dictators?

Tooele, UT


And when Mussolini ran Italy, the trains always ran on time.


And we all know when Republicans like George H.W. Bush pass away, liberals will be oh so polite, kind and thoughtful in how they honor him.

Kaysville, UT

Having lived there after a dictator in the 1960s, the people were relieved to have an elected but not perfect President. The dictator didn't like vehicles honking their horns so he made it a prohibited practice in the downtown area where his palace was not far from the slums. He called that part of town "Silencio". When he was ousted, the people honked their owns continuously in that part of town for days.

Some say this man was good. I don't agree that Hugo Chavez added glory to the country but he did to himself. When I lived in Venezuela, Che Guevarra was in the hills and like Fidel his soul mate, it was not for the benefit of the country. Fidel tried to get the people's support but did not succeed by force so he found his man, Hugo Chavez to do it without a war of machinery but politics and the voting machine.

There are ways to take control of the country and people's minds. Promise them the moon-stars and they will vote for you. He had his power and authority as a General in their military to use in his voice/manners.

Hayden, ID

@ Jonathan Eddy. Bowing down to US dictators? You obviously mean Pelosi and Obama, right? The press loves Chavez. He is everything the left in America admires. He is the consummate roll model for liberalism.

Far East USA, SC

"Chavez. He is everything the left in America admires"

Ok Left. Here is your chance to prove Mountanman right.

Drop us a post and tell us if and why you "admire" Chavez as Mountanman claims.

If he really is the "consummate roll model for liberalism", surely all you on the left would be happy to come to defend Chavez.

Leesburg, VA

I must confess that the personality and mannerism of Hugo Chavez really annoyed me. However, the people of Venezuela felt represented and was elected and re-elected. No international observers accussed him of fraud.

Regarding his legacy, he empowered the lower social classes of his nation. He transform them from victims to participants in the political system.

Many of the people who comment here feel that Hugo Chavez was the encarnation of evil due to his rethoric against the U.S. Well, every story has at least two sides. The U.S. you like to admit it or not is an empire. A political and economic empire with the most powerful military power history has ever known. Is it a surprise that other nations resent our intervention in their internal afairs? Would we accept that?

Rest in Peace President Chavez and I hope Venezuelans have the integrity and wisdom to keep the good that has been achieved, the strenght to change what is pervasive to their development. Venezuela needs to heal their internal divisions and I am confident that President Chavez was a catalyst for change in a rich nation were few that much and the many had little.

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