File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 204

Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 23:46:22 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] survival tips

Am I to understand that a religious organisation like the Keystone
Evangelical Free church pays taxes? If it is tax exempt, as I understand
religious organisations are, then it is effectively receiving a government

Also if PBS is losing subsidy because  of perceived political bias of PBS
against the current administration, that is a damning indictment of a
paranoid administration, not an argument to approve of the measure.

If all contributors to this forum got kicked off it every time they
contributed something the moderator didn't get my drift


>  >Jim, let me understand this.  You think that the Joffrey Ballet,
>   .... etc.,
>  >- all of which receive public funding - are just vanities that serve to
> feed
>  >the artists' inflated egos?  Please explain.
>  >
>  >-m
> Let me jump in with something I wrote in a private reply I sent to a
> member of the list. (I was concerned that we were too far off the
> puppetry topic, but I do welcome some of this discussion)
> If a particular artist cannot get support directly from his fellow
> citizen, either their art is not worth it, or in the case of a
> talented artist, they have failed to educate the public about the
> value of their art.
> I am part of an organization called Keystone Evangelical Free
> Church.  With our membership of a few hundred, we manage to have a
> property and keep a full time staff of 4. We also host artistic
> performances, and encourage youth participation. None of this
> involves money from the government.
> If any of the artists you mentioned couldn't raise enough support for
> their work without government money, then there is a problem with their
> work.
> Another significant issue with government funding is that the
> government must pick and choose what to fund.  One of the issues
> mentioned with the PBS funding cut was a political bias of PBS
> against the current administration. To the extent that PBS is
> dependent upon the government, the government has control of PBS and
> can choose to withdraw their support as they wish.
> Joe Dunfee
> Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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