Printed letters, April 22, 2010

Movie-goers are not permitted to shout “fire” in a theater, but Hollywood producers can apparently shout anything they wish in a theater. Witness the review of “Kick-Ass,” the latest prurient offering from Tinseltown.

The review says, “Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use — some involving children.”

We rise up with indignation when sexual predators who are nobodies move into our neighborhoods. Yet, the predators of Hollywood, under the guise of “art,” have free reign to do as they wish with children, raking in millions in the process as many in our increasingly desensitized society shell out the bucks to go see this trash.

Oh, how prophetic the words of Psalm 12:8: “Wickedness struts about freely when what is vile is honored among men.”

BILL FORBES

Whitewater

‘Bond’ bailout is needed for beleagured film fans

This is appalling. News media report that production of the latest James Bond movie has been halted. MGM is suffering financially from some poor decisions made at top levels of management, for which I’m certain they’re not at fault. But not a squeak do we hear from Congress or the White House.

I have been a Bond fan since 1962. That was the memorable year when Sean Connery and Ursula Andress tripped across the screen in “Dr. No,” encouraging many adolescent boys to burst into libraries searching for books by a guy named Ian Fleming.

After this first film (which should have garnered every Oscar for that year) we have seen 21 more productions of James Bond films. They have been of varying quality, but none less than “great!”

Congress should immediately hold hearings on how MGM could so disastrously drop the ball on this project. Without delay, legislation must be brought to the floor of the House allowing special funding for the continuation of Bond film 23. (That Ian Fleming only wrote some 12 Bond novels is of no consequence here.)

Certainly the president will sign the bailout legislation with appropriate panache and tasteful publicity. After all, this will create jobs and satisfy an important part of the American public. Bond fans have rights, too.

ALAN METCALFE

Delta

It’s absurd to claim all taxes diminish freedom

In George Will’s April 18 column regarding the Value Added Tax, he demonstrates a frail grasp of American history when he states, “all taxation diminishes freedom.” Absurd.

With no taxes, Nazi jackboots would have been on the throats of half of America; the other half would have been under Japan’s Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.

No taxes? No American university system, envied throughout the world and the greatest engine of freedom the world has ever seen.

Indians paid no taxes. By Will’s reckoning that made them perfectly free. Look how that worked for them.

“All taxation diminishes freedom?” Preposterous.

DAVID L. MCWILLIAMS

Grand Junction

Many people support President Obama’s agenda

To those who seem to think that the “people” in this country are only you and your narrow-minded friends, I have news for you.

There a lot of us people who believe that Obama is doing the best he possibly can and “we” will do everything we can to help him do what is best for all the people. If it ends up costing me a few cents more in taxes to provide health care for hard-working people not so fortunate as I am, then so be it.

LAVONNE ALTHOFF

Cory

Writer’s comments will fall on deaf ears

Kevin McCarney’s comments regarding Anne Weaver’s letter were excellent and right on. Unfortunately I believe his letter will fall on deaf ears.

It appears Ms. Weaver gathers her “factual information” from either MoveOn.org or The Huffington Post.

WILL EIDSON

Fruita

Hollywood promotes violence as ‘art’



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