Saturday, June 18, 2005

This time, it's for real: Save NPR and PBS

by David Rumfola, Fairbanks, Alaska

You know that email petition that keeps circulating about how Congress
slashing funding for NPR and PBS? Well, now it's actually true.
Check the footnotes if you don't believe me.)

Sign the petition telling Congress to save NPR and PBS:

A House panel has voted to eliminate all funding for NPR and PBS,
starting with "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," and other
commercial-free children's shows. If approved, this would be the most
severe cut in the history of public broadcasting, threatening to pull
plug on Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch.

The cuts would slash 25% of the federal funding this year—$100 million—
and end funding altogether within two years. The loss could kill
children's shows like "Clifford the Big Red Dog," "Arthur," and
"Postcards from Buster." Rural stations and those serving low-income
communities might not survive. Other stations would have to increase
corporate sponsorships.

If we can reach 250,000 signatures by the end of the week, we'll put
Congress on notice.



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