sniperThe movie American Sniper has been the subject of much discussion lately so I thought I’d weigh in with my opinion. To begin with, we have to consider the inherent differences between the American and Canadian perspective on guns and war. Americans revere their guns; Canadians would prefer a world without guns. This dichotomy made it very difficult for this Canadian to appreciate the virtues of Chris Kyle’s world. While we respect his patriotism and his fight for good, we can’t help question the collateral downside such as the deaths of innocent people and the damage to the soldiers’ minds, bodies and families.

Clint Eastwood movies are generally intelligent and approached with subtle sensitivity. This was clearly demonstrated in Grand Torino which he produced a few years ago. He brilliantly dealt with the issue of racism in ways that surprised and rewarded the audience. Without being judgmental, he serves up a story in American Sniper that leaves the moral conclusion to the discretion of the audience. The result is that some of us are for it and some are against.

There’s a lot to like about American Sniper—in particular Bradley Cooper’s beefed-up testosterone-loaded character whose giant hands hold a newborn baby so tenderly we all want to rush out and have his baby. And there’s plenty of material in the movie to criticize and dislike. And that, I think is what Clint Eastwood intended. The movie isn’t about good or bad; it’s about good and bad. If we’d let Hitler have his way without going after him, we’d all be speaking German today. But the world is a different place now. It’s smaller. War is more complicated than good guys and bad guys and the only conclusion is no one wins.

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Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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