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Video: Mister Rogers Saved PBS Once Before. Help Him Save It Again.

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Mitt Romney raised some questions last night about the value of public television. So why do we need it, after all? Here's what Mister Rogers had to say about it before Congress in 1969.

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JL A (281)
Monday October 8, 2012, 6:30 am
Food for thought: how many names are in the credits of shows still in regular production like Sesame Street? These are all jobs that could disappear with eliminating the funding for public television--amnd the number seems like it would be higher than the most accurate numbers of jobs created by the XL pipeline Mitt considers a jobs creator.

And the original funding for Mr. Rogers came from a church--he was a pastor and this was his ministry that the church identified as needed and missing otherwise in this country.

And I know that it would be harder for citizens to be informed and engaged in issues of local significance without the designated local reserved time slots--and category deemed insufficient to sell advertising for other stations operating in local markets.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday October 8, 2012, 9:43 am
I probably sound like a broken record by now (remember records?) but concerned as I am about children's programming, I am most concerned about the viewers who are elderly, disabled, or both, who cannot afford movies or cable or least of all live performances, and who depend on PBS for visual entertainent, as well as news and learning about the world. I would foresee an increase in suicides in this group if this likeline is cut off.

That said, if you haven't seen "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," give it a look. Fred's widow Joanne says publicly that Fred would be pleased with it.

JL A (281)
Monday October 8, 2012, 9:45 am
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