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FYI NEA

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Jerry Vilenski (jvilensk)
Wed, 03 Nov 1999 09:15:40 -0800


Dear Friends,

In NPR Morning Edition, Nina Totenberg said that if the Supreme
Court supports Congress, it is in effect the end of the NEA
(National

Endowment for the Arts). This situation creates great concerns
about Congressional funding for the freedom of communication in
America,
since the NEA provides major support for NPR (National Public
Radio)
and PBS (Public Broadcasting System), and numerous other creative
and performing arts. If NEA is lost or weakened, our lives are
similarly
diminished.

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 who
believe in what this stands for. This list will be forwarded to
the
President of the United States, the Vice President of the United
States, and the Speaker Of The House, the office of which has
in the past been the instigator of the action to cut funding to
these

worthwhile programs.

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. These instruments of free communication are
essential to the freedom of this nation and its people.

Please keep this petition rolling. Do not reply to me. Please
sign
and send it to others to sign. If you prefer not to sign please
send
to
the e-mail address: wein2688

This is being sent 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 send it on to others. If not, please don't
kill
it, send
it to the e-mail address: wein2688

Thank you.


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