Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: October 12, 2012
A review of some of the reactions to the call by Governor Mitt Romney for elimination of federal support for public broadcasting.Â First a local letter to the editor printed today in the Columbus Dispatch:
PUBLIC BROADCASTING INVALUABLE TO MANY
The Sunday issue of Click, The Dispatchâ€™s weekly television guide, brought to my attention the program Your Turn to Care on WOSU-TV (Channel 34). This four-part series, produced by KCET in California, had timely and valuable information about providing moral, health and economic care and support for oneâ€™s aging relatives.
The series was particularly valuable to me because my father and mother are in their early 90s.
In last weekâ€™s presidential debate, Republican candidate Mitt Romney declared his intention to end federal funding for public television and radio. Without public television, I canâ€™t see such educational and constructive programming being offered by cable or commercial network television.
Public broadcasting is a treasure that must be defended.
PAUL BURNAM ,Â Westerville
PBS Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns also made the case for continued federal funding for public broadcasting in his inspiring op-ed â€œRomneyâ€™s war on public TV is a loss for USAâ€, which can be viewed by clicking here.
The New York Times gives a thorough synopsis of the current controversy here.
Patrick Butlerâ€™s op-ed â€œPublic Media Contributes to Education, Public Safety, and Engaged Citizenryâ€ is featured in U.S. News & World Reportâ€™s Debate Club. The Debate Club poses a question of the day to the sharpest minds, and readers vote on the best argument. You can read and vote for Patrickâ€™s op-ed by clicking here.
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