The House voted to zero-out CPB on Friday. Contact our Senators, but still please contact Rep Noem and let her know if you don't agree in taking away essential services like this from rural America because Wall Street bankers took our money.
Dear Rep. Noem,
Please withdraw your sponsorship of bills to zero-out public broadcasting
Private broadcasting has its role, but honestly in our state, as media ownership has continued to consolidate to the coasts, local media (with a few notable exceptions) often does not serve local needs.
Think about how useful State House and the services provided by our public broadcasting through the SD Legislative Research Council allowed you to be a more effective legislator during your time in Pierre.
Similarly, reflect on how valuable CPB-supported programming was to you and your family out on the ranch. I'm thinking of children's programming for your kids, and political coverage that is only available through public broadcasting that truly serves the public interest.
I'm sure you differ with some political and business views expressed on public broadcasting, but honestly I do too. That's the beauty of it - in public broadcasting everyone gets heard - without having to change channels every few minutes. On cable and commercial broadcasting this is not necessarily so!
Do we really want to put public broadcasting at risk by deleting the relatively small Corporation for Public Broadcasting seed money? I think that would be a vote that would be bad for our State.
I realize we are in a fiscally difficult situation in our country, but could we first go after getting our money back from Wall Street criminals who have stolen BILLIONS of dollars from homeowners, before we start cutting necessities critical to our rural state from the federal budget?