I e-mailed this letter today to my State Senator after hearing about the Maine Republicans' assault on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN). For the background, please see this.
Dear Senator Katz,
I’m hoping that you will break with your Republican colleagues and stand up for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and not support cuts in state financial support. This organization is the only source for unbiased, accurate and thorough news in Maine. It provides the only television programming worth viewing and is an oasis in the sea of increasingly seamy and moronic programming on commercial and cable broadcasting.
When I first heard the birds chirping with Robert J. Lurtsema and Morning Pro Musica on WMEM in Presque Isle in 1978, I fell in love with Maine Public Radio and have remained a supporter ever since. MPBN’s broadcasting is part of the reason why Maine is Maine: unique, distinct, invaluable.
It is amazing how for 30 years the Democrats were able to find ways to balance State budgets and still support programs that helped people, educated the young, cultivated the arts, and enriched the lives of Maine’s citizens. It seems all the Republicans want to do is ruin everything that I have valued in this my adopted home.
There are many sacred cows being protected and sacrificial lambs being slaughtered by people in the Maine Legislature this year; it is indeed a very sad time for our wonderful home. I am hoping you will have the clarity of thought and the leadership to stop this.
John E. Brandt