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Speaking of PBS…


Good afternoon, Netizens...


The thought that Mitt Romney wants to eliminate public television, including Big Bird and the family of Muppets sours my stomach and simply won't go away. Perhaps one of the most-compelling statements I have heard against Romney's ill-advised opinion was done originally in 1969 by the late Fred Rogers, who was speaking of his show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood from the early days of public television before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications.


You may have already seen this video, before now. If so, please forgive my intrusion. Otherwise, I encourage you to watch it. There is an entire generation of what are now adults who grew up listening to Mr. Rogers, most of whom still remember the theme song with which Fred Rogers opened his show each day.


He was the gentle parent some children in our generation never had, who gave some of us a sense of values, uplifted our lives each day and gave us a sense of pride in who each of us could be. He did so without proselytizing or preaching.


You have to ask yourselves what would Mitt Romney fill the void left behind once PBS is gone? Replays of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir? The News according to Moroni? The Salt Lake City Gazette? No thanks. I'll take PBS. Of course, your opinions may differ.



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