Public space petition

Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 18:14:34 -0400 (EDT)

Dear All,

Please sign the petition below (I think it has been around for some time) in support of continued funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), PBS, and NPR, and forward it along. Where else in the media but on public television can you find people asking that all important question, "How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn't see?" Where else can we be daily reminded that it feels mighty good to help other people do things that mean a lot to them?
Thank you,



"I have only dreams: to build a better world, a world of harmony and understanding, a world in which it is a joy to live. This is not asking for too much." -- Yitzhak Rabin


On NPR's Morning Edition last week, Nina Tottenberg said that if the Supreme Court supports Congress, it is in effect the end of the National Public Radio (NPR), NEA & the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).

PBS, NPR and the arts are facing major cutbacks in funding. In spite of the efforts of each station to reduce spending costs and streamline their services, some government officials believe that the funding currently going to these programs is too large a portion of funding for something which is seen as not worthwhile.

Currently, taxes from the general public for PBS equal $1.12 per person per year, and the National Endowment for the Arts equals $0.64 a year. A January 1995 CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll indicated that 76% of Americans wish to keep funding for PBS, third only to national defense and law enforcement as the most valuable programs for federal funding.

The Senate and House appropriations committees each have 13 subcommittees with jurisdiction over many programs and agencies. Each subcommittee passes its own appropriation bill. The goal each year is to have each bill signed by the beginning of the fiscal year, which is October 1.

The only way that our representatives can be aware of the base of support for PBS and funding for these types of programs is by making our voices heard. Please add your name to this list and forward it to friends who believe in what this stands for. This list will be forwarded to the President and the Vice President of the United States.

This petition is being passed around the Internet. Please add your name to it so that funding can be maintained for NPR, PBS, & the NEA.

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