As most of my awesome readers know, I started Cheap Beets as a result of Rich getting laid off. What I haven’t mentioned was that he worked at our local public radio and television station, WGBH. We spent the six months leading up to the lay off with new words like “furlough” and “unpaid vacation.” WGBH is considered one of the best in the country, producing quality shows such as Frontline, American Experience and Antiques Roadshow. What you may not realize is that WGBH is the station that produced Julia Child’s pioneering food television series The French Chef. WGBH is still where I turn to enjoy quality cooking shows like Lidia’s Italy, Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie and Simply Ming.
WGBH receives nearly 8% of its budget from federal funding. Within days, Congress will vote on a proposal to eliminate all federal funding for public TV and radio. The amount involved, less than $450 million, will not do anything to balance the budget. What I know this bill will do is cut many jobs, rather than create new ones like our newly elected politicians promised during their campaigns.
Please take five minutes out of your day and contact your congressman and let them know how important Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, 321 Contact and Reading Rainbow meant to you, your parents, your children, and your grandchildren.
I promise to step off my soapbox and will post a good recipe in the next day or two.
As always, thanks for reading.