Shivering Alaskans refuse free Chavez oil

Shivering Alaskans to Hugo Chavez: Keep your oil

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- In Alaska's native villages, the punishing winter cold is already penetrating the walls of the lightly insulated plywood homes, many of the villagers are desperately poor, and heating-oil prices are among the highest in the nation.

And yet a few of the small communities want to refuse free heating oil from Venezuela, on the patriotic principle that no foreigner has the right to call their president "the devil."

The heating oil is being offered by the petroleum company controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, President Bush's nemesis. While scores of Alaska's Eskimo and Indian villages say they have no choice but to accept, others would rather suffer.

"As a citizen of this country, you can have your own opinion of our president and our country. But I don't want a foreigner coming in here and bashing us," said Justine Gunderson, administrator for the tribal council in the Aleut village of Nelson Lagoon. "Even though we're in economically dire straits, it was the right choice to make."

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Glinda said...


Anonymous said...

Quién se iba a imaginar que el Zulia y Alaska fueran pueblos hermanos! Hermanos separados por 60 grados centígrados pero unidos por una misma causa!

Martha Beatriz said...

A eso llamo yo dignidad. Con nuestro " loco" no te metas :)