I am very passionate about a lot of things from my food, to my kids, to doing dishes in an orderly fashion. My newest passion, or rather the passion that has taken a front seat recently is Public Broadcasting. I grew up on PBS, in fact most of us did. I am still an avid fan of PBS as I believe it provides excellent education to the public.
So recently I wrote a letter to our Senator and Representatives on the subject of not cutting the funding for the great PBS. I was shoked when i recieved a letter back from our Senator, David Vitter. I will let you the reader judge it but though it was polite and even kind in spots, it still was very base and kind of like saying, “well i read your letter, but too bad I’m for cutting funding”. Below is his letter to me.
Dear Mrs. Kellett,
Thank you for contacting me to support funding for public broadcasting. I appreciate hearing your concerns on this important issue.
As you know, public broadcasters receive funding through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and private donations. The CPB provides guidance and grants to help support more than a thousand public broadcasting stations across the nation.
I understand the importance of the educational and public service efforts of public broadcasters. Also, public broadcasters can provide many news, local, and cultural programs important to our community. But I also believe that we must reduce federal spending as we face record deficits and national debt, and we will be faced with many hard choices to address this problem. Rest assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as the Senate considers funding for public broadcasting and how to prioritize spending reductions.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about other issues important to you.
Senator David Vitter
P.S. Please visit my website to sign up for E-Updates and receive regular email updates from me on the issues important to Louisiana families.
Okay so there it was. I read it a couple of times before I decided to respond. What caught my attention was the part at the bottom that told me to visit his web site for issues important to Louisiana families. I thought Public Broadcasting was an important issue for Louisiana Families. Especially with our schools we need all the help we can get. Let’s face it, Sesame street may as well be our kindergarten.
So after gathering my thoughts. This was my response.
Thank you for writing me back on the issue of CPB.
While I understand the crisis of our nation and our debts, including the economy, PBS has been there in the past to help make the people aware of how they can be better citizens and they have also provided a window on how to better support our government and our great country. They provide a purely educational, groundbreaking yet classical view of arts, literature, history and music as well as making sure our children have quality programs that focus the mind towards being the best person they can be in comparison to the other children’s programming today that seems to focus on money, fashion and fame. I am a better person and citizen of this country because of programming like Nova, Sesame Street and the thousands of documentaries on the history of the United States as well as other countries whose people made the dream of living in freedom a reality.
Money runs the world and this is a true fact no matter what I think. However, if it weren’t for the programming PBS provides who knows how many books would go unpublished, how many children would grow up and not become teachers and educators or how many people would really want to make a difference in today’s world. Furthermore, PBS supports our economy by educating people on how to help the financial crisis by opening business’ and becoming more green to help our planet. It shows us where to shop locally to help support our communities. It ties us together no matter of our race, creed or color. The Corporation for public broadcasting provides hope and with hope we can do anything. It is the kick in the ass we need when we don’t know where to go or how to help out. PBS leads us down the path and opens the door to a full future.
I know your decision is probably already made, but I do ask that you do what you stated you would do in your letter and that is to keep my thoughts in your mind as” the Senate considers funding for public broadcasting and how to prioritize spending reductions. ” Please keep the peoples voice in your mind and heart. Millions of dollars are spent on less worthy causes, our children and the free education of the people should not be apart of a spending reduction.
I thank you again for reading this and considering it.
After I wrote that and sent it I recieved another reply to an earlier letter from the Representative.
February 25, 2011
Dear Mrs. Kellett,
Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to contact me. Government works best when everyone is involved, so your input is very valuable to me.
I apologize for the delay in responding to your letter but please bear with us
as we work to get set up in our new office. I will send you a more detailed response shortly.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this issue. If this is an urgent
matter, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-6636. Additionally, I invite you to visit my website at http://richmond.house.gov/to learn more about my work at home and in Washington.
Congressman Cedric Richmond
Member of Congress
Now I know it could be a push off and that i may never hear from this congressman again but I liked that he added in his letter that government works best when everyone is involved.I sincerely hope it is not lip service and that he will take the time to respond. We shall see.
In closing, most of what I feel about PBS is written in the letter above to Senator Vitter. I really do love this channel. It makes me very sad indeed to think it will be chopped and cast aside in favor of other things that may or may not be beneficial to us. What i do know is the impact it has had on me and my children, especially when it comes to documentaries and school. So my hope is that we will have PBS in our future and in the future of my children’s children.