Theater owner’s decision a hot topic

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Sept. 8, 2013: Our readers write

I salute Mr. Ike Boutwell on his stand not to show a movie that has the traitor Jane Fonda as a cast member. Her actions during the Vietnam War aided and abetted the enemy while we had our armed forces fighting in theater. There is no doubt in my mind that her actions of encouraging the North Vietnamese army led to direct casualties of U.S. armed forces.

The traitor Fonda recently said something to the effect of “Vietnam vets need to get over it,” referring to her actions while she was a “guest” in North Vietnam as she sat in the gunner’s seat of an anti-aircraft gun. I say no, we should never forget or forgive her for being the traitor she is.

Al Freeland


The Vietnam War raged from the 1950s until 1975. Nearly 59,000 Americans and three million Vietnamese died in that horror. Hundreds of thousands of troops have endured years of physical and mental pain and Vietnamese people still are being crippled and killed by land mines we left behind.

It was not Jane Fonda’s short visit to North Vietnam that led to the torture and death of our troops. The true culprits who betrayed our troops were Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and especially Johnson, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Gen. William C. Westmoreland.

In McNamara’s book, “Fog of War,” he revealed that as far back as 1965 he and Johnson knew we could never win the war, yet Johnson continued to ship hundreds of thousands of young people into that quagmire for another 10 years.

The power brokers of the world are quite good at diverting attention from themselves: they just wave a scapegoat in the face of the masses and the masses blindly follow.

The movie, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is an important part of our history that all ages need to see. Perhaps the theater owner could show the movie and then donate the money to programs for Vietnam veterans and Wounded Warriors. He could even put out donation boxes.

lucia beeler


I have just read a piece in the newspapers in Owensboro about Ike Boutwell, who owns some movie places and is not going to show the movie, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” because Jane Fonda is in it.

I am like Mr. Boutwell. I will not see the show and will tell everyone I know to not see it. How anyone could even work with that traitor? I, like Boutwell, have not forgotten what she did.

Mr. Boutwell said, “in life you’ve got to stand for something, and that’s where I stand.” Well, I stand with you brother.

Roger L. Gray


Hats off and and a big salute to the theater owner who refused to run “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” because the traitor Jane Fonda is part of the cast. We will never forget.

Another Vietnam vet,

D.R. Whalen

Lexington, N.C.

Please tell Ike Boutwell thank you. Thank you for your service and thank you for not showing this movie. I was dumbfounded when I saw who was playing Mrs. Reagan and knew right then I would never see this movie.

Tammy Trefz

Paris, Ill.

It is gratifying that there still are places in these United States that still believe in supporting the ideals that I grew up with and learned from my parents. ...

My grandfather fought in the Spanish American War, my father was in Germany during World War II, my oldest brother was in Korea and Vietnam and I was in U.S. Naval Forces Vietnam from late 1971 to early ‘73. I was brought up to love and respect American beliefs and ideals.

My compliments and respect to Mr. Boutwell for continuing to stand up for his beliefs. There are not enough of people like him these days. I am glad to find there are some still around.

John R. Fleming

Porterville, Calif.

Good for Mr. Boutwell. I flew on helicopters in Vietnam. To this day, just the thought of Jane (Fonda) leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

Jim Flaherty

Portland, Ore.