March 29, 2011 in Letters, Opinion

Public radio, arts should go


This is a response to a letter on March 24 regarding the defunding of National Public Radio and National Endowment for the Arts.

First, these two operations are not supported by taxpayers. The money they receive comes from the federal government that gives them money raised through the use of their taxing authority on the American people. Hardly a voluntary donation!

Second, if they were really supported by the people through donations, then those donations should be made as individuals and should be tax-deductible.

I believe that if the NPR and NEA had to depend just on public donations, they would have faded away a long time ago. And good riddance to both!

Ernest J. Chamberlain

Spokane Valley

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