Won't You Be My Neighbor?

For those of us raised on the Neighborhood of Make Believe, PBS's recent decision to cut Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from its weekday syndication after 40 years (airing it a mere once a week!) is heart-breaking. Brian Linder has taken action, launching SaveMisterRogers.com. He was motivated, he says, "Not because of my own nostalgic feelings for the program, but because I feel it is still such a special nurturing voice in the lives of children." While Mister Rogers may lack bells and whistles, it was a show that treated children with sensitivity and respect. Says Linder, "It was Mister Rogers who taught me how to begin to deal with my feelings. I think he taught my parents a lot, too. I know I'm still learning from him." And anyone who wants to learn a new appreciation for the earnest man in the cardigan should check out the video of Fred speaking on behalf of PBS before the senate. It's truly awe-inspiring. Some gratitude, PBS! [Paste]

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