Alaskans say “No thanks”

Native Alaskans are proud, to be sure, proud enough to forego free heating oil in a climate where winter temperatures drop to -15 degrees.

More than a little miffed at comments made by Hugo Chavez during his recent appearance at the United Nations, some of the poorest native villages in our northernmost state are saying no to handouts from Venezuela’s Citgo Corporation. Now you might think that’s easy for Alaskans to say, since they’re sitting on top of oil fields, but in a strange twist in how supply works, these people pay the highest prices in the country, often over $5.00 a gallon.

Justine Gunderson, administrator for the Aleut tribal council in Nelson Lagoon, had this to say – “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. Even though we’re in economically dire straits, it was the right choice to make.”That’s the kind of attitude folks had during WWII. The oldtimers used to call it ‘gumption’. Maybe all of us ‘imported’ Americans [as most all of us are] should take our cue from the Native Americans in Alaska. It feels like a breath of fresh air to me.

Reference: Washington Post

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