Nothing to fear from film

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2004

This letter is in response to the letter written by Richard Schmitz, the man who is obviously not a "self-loathing, America-hating, self righteous limousine liberal" (what is a limousine liberal?). I agree it is unfortunate what happened to the Nickelodeon Theater with "Fahrenheit 9/11" last week, though I doubt that Michael Moore personally made that decision, nor would I blame "Juneau's Ashcroft-bashing, library-porn loving, blame-America-first film fans" for going to see it at Gross-Alaska. It makes sense that people would be eager to see a film that powerful people and corporations didn't want shown in this country, regardless of the theater.

Richard Schmitz may be correct: "Fahrenheit" could be "sanctimonious garbage" and a "ridiculous propaganda film," but shouldn't we be grateful that we can preach to our different crowds? Isn't that what Richard Schmitz was doing when he wrote his letter to the editor on July 11? I don't think that too many of Juneau's liberals or their "crane-folding friends" will be taking his opinion to heart. And I'm curious what Mr. Schmitz meant by his comment that he found little to fear from Michael Moore's film. What should he fear from it? People expressing their opinions? We live in America. Freedom of speech. Power to the people.

Blake Rider

Hilary Young


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