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Re: Petition: Subject NEA

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jack p mcmurphy (monalisa40)
Mon, 29 Jun 1998 10:09:31 -0400


#682 Jack McMurphy

On Sun, 28 Jun 1998 21:14:11 -0700 Bo Sheffey <sheffey> writes:
>I received this from a friend and thought I would forward it on for
>you
>to read and choose to sign or not. I'm not quite sure of the origin
>but
>it seems like it might be an organized way to move a petition along.
>Read and see what you think.
>Teresa Sheffey, El Paso, TX
>
>
>Dear friends,
>I don't normally forward 'junkmail', but this issue is a big one.
>While
>I agree that some of what is funded by the NEA is not necessarily
>'art',
>
>I worry that if we allow this most important resource in our country
>to
>die even a little bit, then we'll never recover what ground is lost.
>Who
>
>is to determine what is 'art'? Mapplethorpe's behavior was certainly
>deplorable, but there are those in Congress that would throw the baby
>out with the bathwater. The only thing that makes this nation so great
>is our creativity, and encouragement of creativity. Even now, schools
>are losing monies for arts, while sports are actively supported.
>Please
>show our children we care for their creative skills, and support the
>NEA. Support means of panels choosing what is fundable art, and what
>forms of art should be kept funded by the private sector. Native
>Restoration has never solicited NEA funds, but nevertheless, we've
>supported both adult and children's programs that are funded by the
>NEA.
>
>If you ever watched Sesame Street, or if your kids watch Barney, now
>is
>the time to come to the aid of the NEA.
>***Sign this petition to continue funding for the arts-NEA, NPR,
>PBS***
>The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the issue of whether public
>funding
>
>to an artist can be linked with the idea of whether the art is
>'decent.'
>
>After the Robert Mapplethorpe "scandal" not so long ago, Congress
>passed
>
>a law that for an artist's art to receive public money via the
>National
>Endowment for the Arts, it must be deemed decent.
>NPR Morning Edition this morning, Nina Tottenberg said that if the
>Supreme Court supports Congress, it is in effect the end of NEA. Then,
>there's the question of Congressional funding: Funding for NPR / NEA &
>PBS
>This petition is being passed around the Internet. Please add your
>name
>to it so that funding can be maintained for the NEA, NPR & PBS.
>Please
>keep this petition rolling. Do not reply to me. Please sign and
>forward
>to others to sign. If you prefer not to sign please send to the e-mail
>address indicated or return to me. Thanks.
>This is being forwarded to several people at once to add their names
>to
>the petition. It won't matter if many people receive the same list as
>the names are being managed. This is for anyone who thinks NPR/PBS is
>a
>worthwhile expenditure of $1.12/year of their taxes, a petition
>follows.
>
>If you sign, please forward on to others. If not, please don't kill it
>-
>
>send it to the email address listed here:
>wein2688 <wein2688>
><wein2688
>PBS, NPR (National Public Radio), 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.
>Each year, 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 if you
>believe in what we stand for. This list will be forwarded to the
>President of the United States, the Vice President of the United
>States,
>
>and Representative Newt Gingrich, who is the instigator of the action
>to
>
>cut funding to these worthwhile programs.
>*If you happen to be the 150th, 200th, 250th, etc., signer of this
>petition, please forward a copy to: <wein2688.
>This way we can keep track of the lists and organize them. Forward
>this
>to everyone you know, and help us to keep these programs alive.
>Thank you.
>
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>
>NOTE: It is preferable that you SELECT the entirety of this letter and
>then COPY it into a new outgoing message rather than simply forwarding
>it. Or if option is available, do a SEND AGAIN.
>
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>
>650 Marjorie Iburg, Pendleton, OR
>651 Michael Feves, Pendleton, OR
>652. Ruth Rainero, San Francisco, CA
>653. Pieter de Haan, San Francisco, CA
>654. Yvonne Rainer
>655. Martha Gever
>656. Mark Nash
>657. Wanda Bershen, NYC
>658. Juan Mandelbaum, Brookline, MA
>659. E. Scott, Cambridge, MA
> 670. Robert Mealy, NYC
> 671. Spiro C. Lampros, NYC
> 672. Michael J. Mead, NYC
> 673. June Peoples, NYC
> 674. alyson <alyson>
> 675. RENO (Karen Reno) New York, New York, 10013
>676. Douglas J. Cuomo, New York, NY
>677. Carl Jacobson, Plymouth, MA
>678. Douglas Spotted Eagle, Stockton, UT
>679. Teresa A. Sheffey, El Paso, TX
>680. Robert E. Sheffey El Paso, TX
>681. Robert "Eddy" Sheffey, II El Paso, TX
>
>
>
>

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