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  • phil & juliet drazek
    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the issue of whether public funding to an artist can be linked with the idea of whether the art is decent. After the
    Message 1 of 1 , May 16, 1999
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      The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the issue of whether public
      funding
      to an artist can be linked with the idea of whether the art is
      "decent."
      After the Robert Mapplethorpe "scandal" not so long ago, Congress
      passed
      a law that for an artist's art to receive public money via the
      National
      Endowment for the Arts, it must be deemed decent.

      On NPR Morning Edition this morning, Nina Tottenberg said that if the
      Supreme Court supports Congress, it is in effect the end of NEA.
      Then,
      there's the question of Congressional funding: Funding for NPR/NEA &
      PBS.

      PBS, NPR (National Public Radio), and the arts are facing major
      cutbacks
      in funding. 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 $.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
      Representative Newt Gingrich, who is 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.

      Please keep this petition rolling. Do not reply to me. Please sign and
      forward to others to sign. If you prefer not to sign please send to
      the
      e-mail address indicated. This is being forwarded 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 forward on to others.

      If not, please don't kill it - send it to the email address listed
      here:
      wein2688@... <mailto:wein2688@...>
      or
      kubi7975@... <mailto:kubi7975@...>

      ****If you happen to be the 150th, 200th, 250th, etc. signer of this
      petition, please forward a copy to: wein2688@...
      <mailto:wein2688@...> . This way we can keep track
      of
      the lists and organize them. Forward this to everyone you know, and
      help
      us to keep these programs alive.

      Thank you.

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      then COPY it into a new outgoing message, rather than simply
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