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IT MAKES NO SENSE TO SCRIMP ON PBS

Is the elephant afraid of the mouse? The public owns the airwaves. The Federal Radio Commission was created in 1927 to enforce standards for the broadcasters' privilege of using the public's airwaves. Seven years later, the radio agency became the Federal Communications Commission.

It was decided that the airwaves are also to be used for educational purposes in addition to commercial purposes. The $285 million that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting receives is chicken feed compared to the billions spent by advertisers on the three major networks alone.

This modest $285 million is to be used to stimulate the free flow of ideas. Is this how much we value the free flow of ideas?

There is no reason for commercial broadcasters to fear public broadcasting. There is a place for both.

MARJA NORDMAN
Buffalo

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