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We need more like Moore

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Dear Editor:I am writing in response to Jon Alverez’s “Ban Fahrenheit 9/11” letter (Aspen Times, June 23). I am growing increasingly tired of the “silent majority of Americans,” as he claims to be, trying to pin the label of “unpatriotic” on anyone who questions what the U.S. government is doing in this “war on terrorism.” Webster’s dictionary definition of patriotism is “love or devotion to one’s country.” Where are the words U.S. government?Michael Moore’s film recently won the Palme’D’Ore at the highly respected 2004 Cannes Film Festival as top film of the festival. He received his award to a 20-minute standing ovation!Mr. Alverez claims that Moore is producing this anti-American propaganda partly based on monetary greed. I’m sure he’s seen Moore’s other “anti-American” documentary films, like “Roger and Me” and “Bowling for Columbine,” which expose the economic impacts of corporate downsizing on workers, and the United States’ unexplained crime rate problems. It’s a well-known fact that students going to film school are taught that the only way to financial freedom through filmmaking is by producing documentaries, right?Michael Moore might possibly be releasing the single most important film of this millennium to date, and I think it is your patriotic duty to see this film first, then voice your opinion. It’s funny, I remember being taught in fifth grade to not judge a book by its cover, but when politics come into play, even grown men like Mr. Alverez refuse to give this movie a chance based on prejudged beliefs.I respect the opinions others may have about most things, but I cannot respect the opinion of someone who claims to hate, then preaches the hatred of pizza, without ever have tried pizza in the first place.Opening night grossed $8.5 million, which means most likely over one million people saw it opening night. Keep protesting please, it’s working!But hey, if “Fahrenheit 9/11” isn’t your idea of a quality movie, you always have your constitutional right to support American movies like “White Chicks,” “Dodge Ball: A True Underdog Story” or “The Chronicles of Riddick.” I’m sure those movies will be up for the Palme’D’Ore next year when The Cannes roll back around. Maybe the silent majority of Americans actually prefer mindless movies like “White Chicks,” so they can continue to hide behind the “Bushes” they reside in and ignore the reality of what actually is going on. Contrary to what the silent majority believes, all Americans support the troops, whether you supported the war or not. Many Americans, like Moore, just saw the light at the end of the tunnel before the war started and pleaded to stop the imperialistic invasion of Iraq before our sons and daughters had to be sacrificed for George Bush’s oil agenda.Give props to Michael Moore for having the guts to produce a film of this caliber and let there be more checks and balances like Mr. Moore in the future!Matt StarbuckCarbondale


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