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The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday: Lake Charles: The City of Lake Charles will observe the Memorial DayMore >>
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - You may have noticed more termite swarms around your area. In Lake Charles, swarms could be seen in several areas including around the Racquet Club on Lake Street. We have alsoMore >>
You may have noticed more termite swarms around your area.More >>
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The week of May 18-24 is National Boating Safety Week and the officers of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are patrolling the waterways making sure everyone is following the rules andMore >>
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When we think about tough jobs, working in the funeral industry is probably pretty close to the top of the list. While working in death care can be emotionally and mentally draining, a Lake Charles manMore >>
While working in death care can be emotionally and mentally draining, a Lake Charles man has found his calling: Cremating pets inside the region's only retail pet crematory.More >>
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A DeRidder man was killed Wednesday after being ejected from a pickup truck in a two-vehicle crash, according to a news release from Louisiana State Police, Troop D. Troopers said it happened shortlyMore >>
A DeRidder man was killed Wednesday after being ejected from a pickup truck in a two-vehicle crash, according to a news release from Louisiana State Police, Troop D.More >>
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
A young and healthy Hugo Chavez visited Citgo in Southwest Louisiana, some 10 years ago, since Citgo is owned by Venezuela. Yet, in this country, he's been called a dictator and a tyrant -- anti-American and anti democracy.
And some local people from Venezuela, such as Yajaira Rada and Hernando Moran, agree.
"It's a new era, who's going to lead Venezuela. We want a Venezuela in peace. We want a Venezuela happy," said Rada, who has been in the U.S. for about sixteen years.
Moran has been here closer to 30 years.
"He (Chavez) did a lot of damage to the country. I feel he had a lot of blood on his hands. A lot of people had to leave the country, had to leave their heart over there," said Moran.
McNeese political scientist Henry Sirgo says before Chavez, Venezuela was the most democratic country in South America.
"From 1958 until basically the first time Chavez tried to overthrow the government in 1992 it was a quite well functioning democracy," said Sirgo.
He hopes Chavez passing will mean better days for the people of Venezuela.
"See what happens with the next election. I think if somebody other than the vice president wins, I think there's hope for Venezuela regressing toward a more democratic less authoritarian society," said Sirgo.
While local residents from Venezuela acknowledge Chavez' help to the poor, they say so many have suffered and had to leave their homeland.
"We couldn't find jobs. All our companies where we were working closed their doors," Rada said.
Moran said people who opposed Chavez were blacklisted, but eventually the whole economy suffered.
" Venezuelans right now, their salaries for all the Venezuelans are 25 percent, of what it was in 1978," said Moran.
With Chavez' passing, they hope to see an improved economy and democracy in Venezuela. Elections must be held within 30 days of Chavez's death.