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.  First a local letter to the editor printed today in the Columbus Dispatch:


The Sunday issue of Click, The Dispatch’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 one’s aging relatives.

The series was particularly valuable to me because my father and mother are in their early 90s.

In last week’s presidential debate, Republican candidate Mitt Romney declared his intention to end federal funding for public television and radio. Without public television, I can’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 ,  Westerville

PBS Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns also made the case for continued federal funding for public broadcasting in his inspiring op-ed “Romney’s war on public TV is a loss for USA”, which can be viewed by clicking here.

The New York Times gives a thorough synopsis of the current controversy here.

Patrick Butler’s op-ed “Public Media Contributes to Education, Public Safety, and Engaged Citizenry” is featured in U.S. News & World Report’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 Patrick’s op-ed by clicking here.



  • Ray

    I would love to see this, but missed it. How many others want WOSU to replay it?