- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2008

John Thomson has a strong bias against developing countries that don’t lick the boots of the current U.S. administration (“Chavez’s fraud game,” Commentary, Sunday).

His comments about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the democratic government of Venezuela are particularly out of touch with reality. I visited the country a few years ago and saw no slums like you see in many parts of the United States and in impoverished countries of Africa and the Far East.

One major problem in Venezuela is the inadequate supply of locally grown food, probably a result of earlier nonsocialistic governments. The governing style of Venezuela under Mr. Chavez is to experiment with new solutions to the country’s problems and discard those that don’t work. In the United States and in many Latin American countries the disparity between the ends of the economic spectrum are ever wider. Perhaps Mr. Thomson ought to pay a visit.


Lancaster, Mass.

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