Marty Ludwig: Afraid of the truth

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On Friday, June 25, Michael Moore's new controversial documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" was released.

Neither of our movie theaters was showing it. When I went downtown to ask when they might get it, they said the movie probably would not be shown here.

I am disgusted by that. The theater couldn't be more eager to show mindless fluff, but when a movie comes out that tries to actually say something, it's rejected. However, the theater managed to release "The Passion of The Christ," which was just as, or more, controversial as this documentary. "The Passion" was a fictional depiction that offended many people because they felt the truth was being stretched or skewed and that the movie portrayed Jews in a bad light. I think "Fahrenheit 9/11" is factual and that offends many people because they don't want to hear the truth. It isn't being shown largely because too many companies are afraid to offend the right-wing conservatives who run this country, which is an intimidation tactic.

The First Amendment was intended so that all voices are heard, not just the ones we agree with. I drove to Boulder to see this movie, and I felt it was worth it.

This truly is a movie that should be seen by everyone, especially Bush supporters. Put your support to the test; you may learn something. I would hope that the people of this town wouldn't want this movie blocked out even if they disagree with its message.

Marty Ludwig

Steamboat Springs

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