Letters to the Editor

Venezuela’s reality

Venezuela was once a proud and prosperous nation that became increasingly poor and miserable for its people. The tragic story of the totalitarian, Communist government of Hugo Chávez and his handpicked successor, Nicolás Maduro, is one of rampant crime, astronomical inflation, and an accelerating level of hunger and despair.

These economic conditions were created by Venezuela’s Socialist and dictatorial policies, which decimated the private sector. This, in a nation which possesses some of the largest oil reserves in the world.

Political repression has worsened, with dissidents imprisoned and individual rights virtually nonexistent. Fortunately, Venezuelans, increasingly are openly fighting this repressive government.

But many people apparently fail to comprehend the level of poverty and dictatorship Venezuela has imposed on its citizens. Hollywood filmmakers Michael Moore and Oliver Stone have praised the dictatorship for providing healthcare for the people. Actors Sean Penn and Danny Glover also lavished praise on Chávez and Maduro.

I wonder what the reaction of the Hollywood elite is today, as thousands of brave Venezuelans take to the streets demanding freedom. I expect that they will deny reality, and maintain their ideological allegiances.

Tim Seale, Kendall