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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I have to agree with the editorial on March 31 ("PBS cuts hit home") regarding defunding of public broadcasting. I think it is a shame, and wrote to Gov. Bob McDonnell and legislators last year regarding the issue.
Growing up in a small, rural Virginia town, I found PBS was a link to cultural and educational offerings not available in my small town or anywhere that was not hours away.
I was introduced to the plays of Shakespeare, movies based on the works of Dickens, Brontë and Austen and watched ballet and opera.
In recent years, I have watched greatly acted shows like "Downton Abbey" and encountered the wonderful voices of singers like Andrea Bocelli.
What do we get on commercial television? Mind-numbing offerings such as "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," whatever set of wives or families that want to play their lives out on TV, and the most outrageous people who can be dragged out of swamps or wherever.
McDonnell and others are very mistaken and misleading when they tell you that commercial stations offer what PBS does.
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