Hugo Chavez coffin parades past Venezuela's ills

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 16, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    Our government has been trying to make us socialistic in a world that has had problems making a go in that kind of society for generations. Our government is making our own people worry and creating stress, stress in the family, stress at work without relaxing.
    I can see with the loss of personal freedoms or civil rights, government will continue fighting with everyone and government can do everything badly without a government by the people and for the people.
    It doesn’t take long for a society to forget their past if they don’t study the history of the country with an objective eye not force fed by people that want domination of their type of indoctrination.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 16, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    Having lived in Caracas for in 1967-68, when the Venezuelans were in prosperity times and seeing the high rise apartments become dwelling places for people out of the slums, it is interesting to see that those apartment buildings have become crumbling apartment towers. Now food lines are sharing the same sidewalk ironically with cheering crowds eager to say goodbye to their departed dictator who promised them the stars and gave them nothing in return except debt.
    I remember Che Guevarra living in the hills in the 1960s trying to overtake the people from outside and failed. However, their own Army General became a dictator took them to Cuban communism and socialism. It will be hard to change under the current government, led by Chavez's hand-picked successors even with elections in April.

  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    March 16, 2013 6:11 a.m.

    I appreciate the political and economic analysis provided by the truck drivers and labourers interviewed for this article. Can we expect a companion piece where the comments of thoughtful, knowledgeable Venezuelan experts get as much attention?