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Congress Votes: Stop Funding PBS-VOTERS WRITE!

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Fozzie Bear, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Found this at Toughpigs.com (Thanks Danny!)

    Congress voted on June 9 to stop funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. More info can be found at www.toughpigs.com.

    I'm asking that all voters please write to your Congressman and Senator and ask them to reverse that vote. Cite your reasons for that, as well.

    Such a cut could cause the cancellation of PBS from broadcasting such educational and inspirational programming like Sesame Street, Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood, and more.

    Below is a letter I wrote (changed accordingly based on writing to my Congressman or Senator, so don't copy and paste it) as an example.

    These links are posted at TP, but I'm copying them here for easier access so you can find your own Congressman or Senator and send them an email:
    Congressman: http://www.house.gov/writerep/
    Senator: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


  2. Whatever

    Whatever Well-Known Member

    How low-down can they get? Grrr. They can't do that!
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    They've been talking about this since January. The only reason they're doing this is because they're afraid that PBS kids shows are promoting homosexuality (which they aren't, they're saying be tolerant of those who are homosexuals).
  4. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I never heard about that before. Where did you hear that?
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Being a homeschooler, my mom receives e-mails about what's going on in the world of homeschooling. Well, one day in late January/early February, my mom received an e-mail stating "Just Say No to Clifford". The e-mail consisted on why not to support such shows (some of which weren't even PBS shows like SpongeBob SquarePants and Little Lulu). They were stating the these shows were teaching tolerence of others, which included being tolerent of those who are homosexuals (since homosexuality is against Biblical principals). Since I intern down at my local PBS, I talked to them about that, and they we're aware of it, because MOST of the shows they wanted to stop supporting were PBS shows. The pledge drive seemed to go smoothly though, but the whole "tolerence" thing was still going on, and started to catch the attention of Congress. That's just about the best way I can explain it Kev.
  6. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Theres no stopping any type of sexual stuff but if this means saying goodbye to Sesame Street I say were going to have to do something. *holds ups signs that say "Down with Homosexual up with Sesame Street, Mr Rogers, Etc." *
  7. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Well-Known Member

    I hope you don't mean that ... :concern:
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Are you...?
  9. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Well-Known Member

    You mean am I gay? No. But I support them. Kyle's post speaks for itself.
  10. SillyRed

    SillyRed Well-Known Member

    I bet they think there's Homosexuality on Dragon Tales also.
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That's okay, after all, one of my favorite comedians was gay.
  12. SillyRed

    SillyRed Well-Known Member

    How can the characters on those shows be Homosexuals? They ARE NOT REAL!!!
  13. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Well, I think this thread's taking a different turn here. So, let me interject (not as a moderator, either).

    I only wanted the one response regarding the views expressed against PBS by whomever it was. That was one email, and more than likely from a particular group.

    You all have to also realize that when it comes down to it, if you stop teaching compassion and tolerance, you would have to remove Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, and other such shows because--while they never mentioned homosexuality--they represent the world in which people accept each other whether they are gay, Bible-thumpers, white or black, healthy or sick, or a different nationality. That was the message Jim Henson tried to convey in all his work, really. He wanted a better world by the time he left here, and you can't get a better world by knocking another person and discriminating against them for whatever direction they want to live their life.

    I mean, unless they're out there killing innocent people! Then, knock away!

    I also don't think it's any of our business as to whether or not another member of the boards happen to be gay or not, and likewise I don't think it's fair to post against folks who are. Some of my very best friends live in that lifestyle, and I love them very much! They cause no harm to me or anybody else, and they certainly have never hurt those very same people who hate them and don't even know them.

    I hope that will be the end of the discussion directed toward homosexuality.

    What I DO think is that we need to connect and bind our efforts and begin writing to the congressmen and senators to get this vote turned around and save PBS. Nobody would be here now if it weren't for PBS and Sesame Street, and probably at least 4 or 5 other shows on that station.

    Kids and folks who can't vote, get your parents involved! Explain to them that you need help to keep SS alive and why you think they need to write in!
  14. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Eric, thanks for posting and writing!
  15. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    Man, that sucks. :boo:
  16. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    Well, I have read about this issue today and all I want to ask right now is for all of you to do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you possibly can to protect Sesame Street and other such programs on PBS. It is shows like these that help make the world a better place to be.
  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    My mom's response when I told her the news: "Oh no, that's terrible, we've got to do something!"

    My dad's response when I told him the news: "Bah, no biggie, they'll get their money somewhere else."
  18. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Well-Known Member

    Now MoveOn.org is saying that the next vote on the cuts will take place tomorrow (Thursday). Seems like we have to go beyond the net to get the word out ...
  19. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member

    i wrote to my state senetor PBS is neededmore then every i need it for my children and they gave seasame st and sqaure one and ec and all those shows a chance to make learning fun

    my letter was a lot more articulite and thought out but you get the jist i also wrote to NJ GOV Cody and hopefuul doug Forrester ( Who i'm campaigning for ) NJN state run PBS here in nj is a state issue of majority funding also Forrester saed it is importaint
  20. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member

    Mr. Peter Nehra
    ** ***** ****
    ******** ** *****

    Dear Peter:

    Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about management of the
    Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Public Broadcasting Service
    (PBS). I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

    The CPB is a private, not-for-profit corporation established by Congress in
    1967, and it is the largest single funding source for public television and
    radio programming. The President appoints each member of the Board of
    Directors; those members in turn select the chair. The Board elected Kenneth
    Tomlinson as its chair in September of 2003.

    Since then, Mr. Tomlinson has made it clear that he believes PBS and
    National Public Radio (NPR) have liberal bias in their programming. Last year,
    he hired an outside consultant to keep track of the political leanings of guests
    on “Now” with Bill Moyers, and is reportedly considering taking similar action
    against NPR’s coverage of the Middle East. Recently, the ranking Democrats on
    the House Appropriations and Commerce Committees sent a letter to CPB’s
    Inspector General charging Mr. Tomlinson with breaking the law in these efforts.
    I am pleased to report that the Inspector General’s office has launched an
    investigation into the matter.

    I listen to National Public Radio (NPR) and watch television programs on
    PBS nearly every day. They provide a straightforward and objective presentation
    of history and current events, and important educational programming. I firmly
    believe in protecting the independence of public broadcasting, and I will oppose
    all efforts by Mr. Tomlinson to compromise it.

    Thank you again for contacting me, and please feel free to do so again
    about issues of interest or concern to you.

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