posted on Oct, 9 2006 @ 05:45 PM
By JEANNETTE J. LEE, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 42 minutes ago
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - In Alaska's native villages, the punishing winter cold is already coming through 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 villages are refusing 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."
They'd rather suffer in the cold than take free oil from a man that insulted our chief of staff while you liberals applaudded his insult. Shame on
you. Seems like our most patriotic citizens come from the farthest reaches of our nation.
[edit on 9-10-2006 by k4rupt]