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Voice of the people

Apr. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Venezuela's people should pick leader

Last month, the president of Venezuela, Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, died.

He was a great leader who brought hope for the poor in and outside of Venezuela. Now, the acting president, Nicolas Maduro, won the election to succeed Chavez on April 14.

Since Maduro stood up to Wall Street and the Venezuelan oligarchy as did his late predecessor, the U.S. will probably sabotage the election.

We must stand up and say no to U.S. intervention in Venezuela. Let the people of Venezuela decide who will lead their country. It is not the right of the U.S. to pick another country's leader.

Hugo Chavez will surely be missed. He was 58.

Charles W. Britz

Huntington

Israel will be focus of weekend event

This Sunday, April 21, between 2 and 4 p.m., Pullman Square will be the scene of the third annual West Virginia Israel Independence Day Celebration.

This event commemorates the miraculous rebirth of ancient Israel as a modern independent nation in 1948.

It will be a joyous public celebration of support for a nation that today, against all odds, is a thriving, vibrant, free and democratic phenomenon and one of America's closest friends.

Its innovation and resourcefulness has made Israel a world leader in agricultural advances that make deserts bloom, medical breakthroughs that benefit mankind and development of cutting edge technologies that greatly impact and improve all our lives.

These and many other aspects of Israel will be featured along with inspiring speakers, Israeli music and dance and other activities.

A planned tribute will honor the memories of two special friends of Israel, Art Weisberg and Nolan Grubb.

Sponsored by Christ Temple Church and Huntington Jewish Federated Charities in conjunction with West Virginia's Coalition of Friends for Israel (http://www.cofi-wv.org), all people of good will are welcome and your presence will be greatly appreciated.

Norman Glaser

Huntington

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