Demographic surprise |

Demographic surprise

I am a bit overwhelmed by all of the bile, on both sides, regarding “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Starting with Jeff’s [column], which lowered the bar, the name-calling and just plan nonsense have dominated the ed/op page. I decided that I had better see the film for understanding before I made a decision regarding the contents (something the editor should have done).

Today’s matinee (July 14) was filled with others, like myself, looking for enlightenment. There have been some letters from readers who obviously, like Jeff, did not bother to see the film. They spout off about Moore hating America and such nonsense.

The film does not push an agenda of hating America and American values. Yes, the film maker does not like George Bush. Parts of the film are amusing, disturbing and thought-provoking. That was, after all, the point.

More important, the demographics of the audience was a real surprise. The vast majority of the viewers were what would usually be thought of as conservative. Members of the “greatest” generation. At the end of the film, a Navy veteran stood up and said to the crowd, “Navy, World War II and Korea. Do not vote for George Bush.” Enough said.

Jim Groom

Grass Valley

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