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March 27, 2014

WVIA censors IN GOD WE TRUST, our national motto. Milton has a historic son, Gov. James Pollock. His was the birth idea of "IN GOD WE TRUST" motto on U.S. coins and later added to paper money....

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Garben78

Mar-28-14 6:35 PM

Yawn ........

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JohnZook

Mar-28-14 5:57 PM

As some of us realize, our Christian faith is being attacked and ridiculed by a certain population in our country, read: Progressives, Humanists, Atheists, and the like. The alleged "censoring", not showing the motto, may not have been intentional, but in the current climate, it is easy for the faith community to feel a little "gun shy". If this man was instrumental in the IGWT motto, I feel it should be highlighted as a national interest story....

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WVIAPublicMedia

Mar-28-14 11:54 AM

Thank you

Tom Curra WVIA President/CEO & Executive Producer

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WVIAPublicMedia

Mar-28-14 11:53 AM

It is our hope that we were able to bring some clarity to your concerns. Please know you may contact us at any time if you have any further questions or comments. It was an honor to profile Milton and the efforts of its residents.

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WVIAPublicMedia

Mar-28-14 11:52 AM

WVIA is the facilitator of gathering the stories, footage and/or photographs, but the stories and the details come directly from the townspeople. We do not make the judgment on what to include and what not to include.

Regrettably, this is a sad case of missed opportunity.

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WVIAPublicMedia

Mar-28-14 11:52 AM

The “Our Town” documentaries are created through stories told to us by the townspeople. Not only do they tell us the stories, they supply all the details and footage/photographs tied to their specific story. If a story from the town is not told to us during pre-production of the documentary, we have no way of knowing its importance to the town.

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WVIAPublicMedia

Mar-28-14 11:52 AM

we put in.

The “Our Town” documentaries are created through stories told to us by the townspeople. Not only do they tell us the stories, they supply all the details and footage/photographs tied to their specific story. If a story from the town is not told to us during pre-production of the documentary, we have no way of knowing its importance to the town.

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WVIAPublicMedia

Mar-28-14 11:51 AM

Prior to you writing an editorial, we would have appreciated you contacting us to get all of the correct details. We sincerely believe Governor Pollock would have had a wonderful profile in the Milton piece had there been someone with the facts and content we needed to build a story. The only instance the motto "In God We Trust” was mentioned was when George Venios explained both he and Jessica Hess co-authored a book titled "Honoring Milton." During George’s interview he also mentioned another historical text-in-progress called "In God We Trust" which “explores the origins of our national motto" and links it to James Pollack who was from Milton. It was a one sentence mention. There was no elaboration as to his life in Milton, when he coined the phrase, why he coined the phrase, and how it landed up on our currency. Maybe certain people in Milton were relying on others in the town to provide that information. What the townspeople stated is what we

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WVIAPublicMedia

Mar-28-14 11:50 AM

Dear Mr. Nichols,

In regard to your recent editorial about WVIA’s censorship of the phrase “In God We Trust” from the “Our Town Milton” documentary, this is absolutely not true.

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AmericanCitizen

Mar-28-14 9:11 AM

"PBS and NPR, is set to receive $445 million over the next two years" - so, 222.5 million per year.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 proposed by Paul Ryan capped spending at 1.012 trillion dollars. The money for PBS/NPR amounts to about .022% of the total. This is the equivalent of asking a person with an annual salary of $50,000 to donate $11 a year for "Sesame st. and boring documentaries about s h i t no one cares about."

Bah, humbug!

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USABorn

Mar-28-14 7:20 AM

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the entity created by Congress in 1967 to disperse funds to nonprofit broadcast outlets like PBS and NPR, is set to receive $445 million over the next two years. Per a statutory formula, public television gets about 75 percent of this appropriation while public radio receives 25 percent.

Big Bird got into the story because of the multi-millions Sesame Street rakes in every year (none of which goes to support public broadcasting, but does support production of the show). Sesame Workshop is a non-profit business.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-27-14 6:16 PM

Foreign aid is more justifiable than taxpayer money for NPR and PBS.

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AmericanCitizen

Mar-27-14 1:14 PM

So all during the Bush and Reagan presidencies PBS and NPR, being government-controlled puppets, allowed no programming that wasn't Conservative and favorable of those administrations - right?

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enigma

Mar-27-14 11:50 AM

"Enigma the government doesn't own them. They only fund around 25% of their costs." - Chuck

PBS and NPR were established by the government and operate under government mandates. The government is the largest single contributor. Why is the government involved at all? They may not be "owned" by the government as you define owned, but they are government controlled to a great extent and in the real world control is ownership.

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CMReeder

Mar-27-14 9:41 AM

Enigma the government doesn't own them. They only fund around 25% of their costs. Private corporations and citizens fund the rest. Conservatives would not free Big Bird they would roast him.

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johnnyad3

Mar-27-14 9:07 AM

Mostly I'm a sports guy but I watch PBS for some things and I want it included in my list of channels. I remember when our son was just a tot and he loved it and learned things from watching. Some of those number tunes stick with you forever.

What is it about some of you that don't want people exposed to information/education and other learning experiences?

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enigma

Mar-27-14 8:51 AM

"Can Comcast offer a package of religious channels only? It's television not a church. Don't watch the channel." - Spike

Not the point Spike. You are paying for every channel in your package. Why should people be forced to pay for things they don't want? I can easily not watch the channels I really object to, but they're still getting my money. That's a problem.

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enigma

Mar-27-14 8:45 AM

Why do we even have PBS and NPR? Who thought it would be a good idea for the government to have it's own broadcast outlet? That's what totalitarian countries do. I say we stop all public funding of them and see if they can make it on their own. If people want it, they will support it. FREE BIG BIRD!!!

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CMReeder

Mar-27-14 8:45 AM

They are not going to remove 'In God We Trust' from US currency. The use of the national motto on money has been ruled on by Supreme Court and they upheld it. They did not find it to be unconstitutional.

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Alsever

Mar-27-14 8:43 AM

It's our motto? Since when? And which , "God"? Our local Hindu doctors have several thousand Gods.

And I'm still unhappy that 20 years ago Pennsylvania citizens turned down the proposed state motto of , "Pennsylvania--we are as dumb as we look". Came in second to "You got a Friend in Pa".

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MrShaman

Mar-27-14 8:29 AM

"Disrupt the entire country for a miniscule few that need health insurance." - leaningright

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I'd say the Teabaggin' House Class O' 2010 has provided MOST of the "disruption" (themselves), with their gridlock-agenda.

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MrShaman

Mar-27-14 8:25 AM

"Witness how the media attacked Drudge for saying he was paying his Obamacare penalty. They jumped on him like a wolf pack, only to find they were lied to by the Obama Administration." - eriklatranyi

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Seeing-as-how Ratt Sludge has been a LONG-term provider of lies...shouldn't that be considered a "wash"?

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leaningright

Mar-27-14 8:06 AM

"lied to by the Obama Administration"

Seems to be a theme with them.

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leaningright

Mar-27-14 7:48 AM

Erik- I agree, lies and more lies. Is March 31st the deadline for signing up for Obamacare? Is that going to chamge? NO, NO, ooops !, now its changed. Disrupt the entire country for a miniscule few that need health insurance. They dont even have 5 million paying customers. Whos gonna pay ? What a joke, they need to go. They are incompetent. WVIA should not get any taxpayer funding.

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spike2

Mar-27-14 7:42 AM

Can Comcast offer a package of religious channels only? It's television not a church. Don't watch the channel.

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