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Re: “Reader: Public media is essential to democracy

I really thought Rev. Gary Glover's rebuttal to my letter was fair and made reasonable arguments. However I don't choose the headlines and was given a different headline in the online version of the CSIndy. That being Defund Public Media, itll be fine which was more objective than in the print edition (No more public media).

Yes, we have freedom of the press and that freedom allows for a news media to publish a newspaper to inform the public on what it going on around them. Our founders did not know or envisioned TV, Radio, or the world wide web in their day, but if they did they would be passionate about their freedom of speech over trying to be fair. Arguments for the Fairness Doctrine back might have been legit due to the scarcity of media outlets and thus the doctrine plus declaring that the airwaves are owned by the public were the norm. However these things were used as an excuse for our Government to censor certain dissenting views of the day.

The Fairness Doctrine was used to crush the view of people who not only oppose John Fitzgerald Kennedy but even those who opposed Richard Milhous Nixon. Ronald Reagan who had a passion for what the founders believed in through his admiration did away with this doctrine allowing oppose views to be heard without the threat of iron fisted government. It allowed the commercial News/Talk formats to embrace a consistent format of Conservative viewpoints which it was not allowed to in the past, although conservatives and libertarians and those who question our government like Peter Boyles, Mike Rosen, Hugh Hewitt, Neal Boortz were able to thrive before the Fairness Doctrine.

I have not been advocating the elimination of public media altogether. I have been questioning how American public is funded. For the most part our public media is funded by private free will contributions by individual people, Private Foundations, and Business (Corporate and Smaller).

Nobody can honestly answer the question why must the American People (i.e. hard working taxpayers) continue to fund these services; especially when major market stations like WNET-TV, WGBH-TV-FM in Boston, or KQED-TV-FM in San Francisco not only have a good amount of viewers and/or listeners but get a good amount of money from the CPB for their hard efforts to raise funds for these stations?

I have heard from those who worked in public media about certain grants that the CPB gives to stations who can raise significant funds on their own. No different than your matching grants that someone proposes during fund drives. So public media does choose winners and losers themselves. Sounds like another wealth redistribution scam to me. I also heard that the CPB even scammed certain stations out of the money they were supposed to get.

I doubt that our founders wanted a federally funded press when they were putting our great nation together. Nice try Rev. Glover, but your arguments do fall short there.

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Posted by Don McCullen on 05/04/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Reader: Suthers' quote is a staggering piece of irony

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Posted by doonya on 05/04/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Reader: Suthers' quote is a staggering piece of irony

The task at hand is simply to make sure that Mr. Suthers does not serve a second term. The City of Colorado Springs deserves much better.

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Posted by Mur on 05/04/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Reader: Suthers' quote is a staggering piece of irony

Suthers is an idiot, giving our land to some billionaire! This guy won't even let us vote on properly funding our parks! Then he will turn around and say how billionaires owning the parks will be better stewart's of the land. With this guy as our mayor he has clearly shown us how to do the "back door deal". I hope Suther and his little group Springs Forward gets a clue, we don't like you we think you are corrupt we will be making sure that we vote you out!
PS don't you dare try to give yet another one of Colorado Springs assets to a away to Anschutz! Rosemont reservoir!!!

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Posted by el jef'e on 05/04/2017 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Reader: Suthers' quote is a staggering piece of irony

Suthers is a whore to a bully of a billionaire ignoring the thousands of citizens whom put him in office. Anshutz is a bully, wants Rosemont reservoir to water his golf courses. We can only speculate Suthers was offered a higher paying job in the Anshutz empire to screw the public on the Strawberry Fields property and the process. Do we really need "Johnny come lately " billionaires screwing over Colorado Springs with "Colorado Springs Forward" a despicable dark money PAC and putting our Mayor on puppet strings. Suthers you whore ..... stop having dinners with a bully of a billionaire and represent us !

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Posted by Rick Laurenzi on 05/04/2017 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Reader: Public media is essential to democracy

If you ask an extreme right winger, he will aver, "public broadcasting is indeed the handmaiden of the Progressive Left." If you ask a progressive, he will tell you public broadcasting is a tool of the moderate right.

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Posted by julianza on 05/03/2017 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Reader: Suthers' quote is a staggering piece of irony

Well, he's right, but it's kind of too little, too late. We have a handful of interesting buildings in Colorado Springs that aspire to match the scenery, but most of our built environment is completely disposable and was built with that intent. Outside of the Old North End and around downtown, most of our housing and commercial stock is not ageing well. Take away Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, and you could be anywhere in the country, most likely Stockton. Maybe if we had code based design, we could get a better aesthetic, but that would mean the City Council would have to learn about it, and so would the planning commission, and then advocate for it. But the last piece of large developable land in the county is Banning-Lewis, and that's all set to be classic sprawl, no different from anywhere else in the country, so we're stuck. Tava (Pikes Peak) deserved better. Could we give it to Switzerland?

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Posted by leloupe on 05/03/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Reader: Suthers' quote is a staggering piece of irony

Yet the mayor and the planning commission are OK with a 8 to 10 story hospital building in the line of sight of Pikes Peak. It's great that PlanCOS says we value our majestic views but council sure didn't when they approved this infill build.

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Posted by TruB on 05/03/2017 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Reader: Suthers' quote is a staggering piece of irony

Ironical, indeed. Stegner would be rolling in his grave if he heard this Orwellian statement from The Broadmoor's mayor.

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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 05/03/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Reader: Public media is essential to democracy

John Howell: The truth is public broadcasting is indeed the handmaiden of the Progressive Left.

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Posted by Don McCullen on 05/02/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Electronic add-ons provide more streaming options than you could ever watch on cable or satellite

I've really enjoyed your articles on getting rid of my cable. It's been tough but I followed your ideas. I am still guessing and figuring this out. The cable company (I'm not in CO Springs these days but still miss it) made it tough but I got to just cable and I like what I have so far.

I got an antenna, a roku, netflix, and I'm happy. I like the free stuff on the roku but you have to spend a lot of time finding the stuff you like it seems.

I wish you would spend more time on this as i keep seeing more options and products. Guess i have to read the other computer columns but great start. I don't like the pc magazines online sometimes as they are too short and not enough options.
thx!

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Posted by JH_Dell_PC on 05/02/2017 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Electronic add-ons provide more streaming options than you could ever watch on cable or satellite

No argument from me (Bri the IT Guy). If you have in place something that already "gets you there", why pay more?

I still believe that the Roku is the "Cadillac" of TV stations/free stations/ease of use.

However, why spend the money and you are probably already adept in what you are doing.

Cheers!

Posted by Techpertise on 05/02/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Reader: Public media is essential to democracy

when the greedy rich own the media you get the geezerette... this must be what johnny is speaking of. thankfully there is this independent source of news where this village can gain knowledge. the other major source of information that is in danger is the internet. they are trying desperately to control it and we must resist the takeover.

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Posted by happyfew on 05/02/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Reader: Public media is essential to democracy

Public media are not necessary and become harmful to democracy when they become the handmaiden of one part of the political spectrum.

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Posted by John Howell on 05/02/2017 at 5:55 AM

Re: “Electronic add-ons provide more streaming options than you could ever watch on cable or satellite

I know you mentioned XboxOne but for gamers it really is a good way to go I believe. Well at least for us that like to play games online. You get a lot of option once you are subscribed. I realize that is more money but I pay for it anyways so I can play online. The system is not complete without it really.

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Posted by HolaMakina on 05/01/2017 at 12:48 AM

Re: “Digital video providers could be the end of your cable bill

I've been trying out DirecTV Now. You can get a subset of channels via the Internet. It's more money than SlingTV. I like the line up more but it has some problems at times. Also issues with the big channels like cbs and abc.
I may drop it but it's good to see there are options.

Posted by HolaMakina on 05/01/2017 at 12:46 AM

Re: “Reader: Who cares how much taxes Trump paid!

The majority of Americans care. That's who cares.

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Posted by Zen on 04/28/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Reader: Impeach him this month, or May at the latest

[citation needed]

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Posted by Mike Pettit on 04/28/2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Reader: Who cares how much taxes Trump paid!

I hope the guy paid nothing. That way everybody gets what they want. The social justice warriors can complain about him not paying his fair share, while the anti-tax folks can get lathered up about the sorry state of our income tax laws.

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Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 04/27/2017 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Reader: Who cares how much taxes Trump paid!

The return he should or was shown when he was running showed 0 taxes paid. Yes its legal yes those low income folk that pay nothing is legal as well. Point is the hypocrisy of letters like this as well as the rhetoric from the right.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 04/27/2017 at 6:24 PM

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