Public radio (and TV) was started because it was felt that the commercial marketplace failed to provide sufficient educational, cultural and other quality content to the public. Now with hundreds of cable channels available, this is no longer a problem. National Geographic, Travel, Food, Discover and History channels, to name a few, offer excellent programming.
Big Bird should stay home and count his millions of dollars. That’s the profit made by the Sesame Street Workshop, which licenses all its characters. It’s time now for the federal government and our tax dollars to stop funding the Public Broadcasting System, National Public Radio, National Endowment for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Humanities. These organizations by and large represent a certain political bias and do not service the American public across the spectrum. These organizations should be funded solely by foundation grants, private philanthropy, listeners/subscribers and even commercial advertising — but not by Congress.
Susan Leeper, Scottsdale