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Could you have ignored the other part of Moyers's legacy that was cancelled, NOW with David Brancaccio, any more than you have? It has also consistently hosted voices on all sides of the spectrum, from Bob Barr to Kurt Vonnegut, while doing first-class, award-winning journalism. Bizarre not to mention it in the slightest!

David Steinhardt

Rochester, VT

Mar 6 2010 - 11:05am

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My heartfelt thanks to Bill Moyers, an honest and principled man who has fought the good fight for the people of the United States.

He has brought to us a range of opinions, presented them fairly, and respected both his guests and his viewers. We needed him, and we need him more now than ever. In a nation drowning in a babble of voices and competing versions of truth, Moyers has been a calm, trustworthy source of information and analysis. I encourage readers of this letter to also read Moyers's excellent books, of which I hope there are more in the future.

PBS is not worthy of its fine history if it removes his show and voice from its network.

Jeannine Bettis

Oklahoma City, OK

Mar 6 2010 - 10:18am

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Your article about Bill Moyers echoed my thoughts. I have been watching Bill Moyers on PBS for as many years as he's been broadcasting. His reasoned, calm manner and penetrating questions and remarks have been a welcome antidote to the frenetic, even nasty commentators and their comments on other talk shows--on both the right and the left. Even when interviewing those with whom he disagrees, Mr. Moyers is never strident, never interrupts, but also never lets his interviewee "off the hook." All television commentators and interviewers should study Mr. Moyers and learn from his fine example. I and his other viewers and readers will miss him and his intelligent, thorough, careful investigations and interviews.

Barbara Bilson

Santa Monica, CA

Mar 5 2010 - 5:28pm

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PBS and NPR have been thoroughly scared by the incessant attacks from the neocon right and the brush with death during the Bush cabal. It shows. They have lost their gumption, guts, voice and dedication to diverse voices and dissenting viewpoints.

Bill Moyers is a holdover from the other PBS and it seems it will probably replace him with some milquetoast Beltway villager or castoff from the New York Times. That's my bet.

Show after show that addresses real issues and is open to other than mainstream viewpoints has been starved of funds and/or support from either the local stations or the national CPB/PBS hydra. The real problem these days are the "local stations," the onetime strength of PBS.

The ever-increasing need for corporate support has neutered the programming and PBS is increasingly becoming populated with villagers from the commercial networks--not a welcome trend.

PBS needs to be liberated from the tyranny of nutball program directors at stations out in Tea Party country and go direct to satellite/cable, around the stations who can subscribe to programs if they wish.

I don't give money to any local PBS affiliate because they waste the money on BS like local yokel crap and Lawrence Welk reruns while putting Now, Independent Lens, POV and other quality fare in death slots at odd times. I would gladly give money directly to PBS to produce quality public affairs programming.

I will support quality programming--but not just hand it over to some local PD who values another cooking show over the arts and Ppublic affairs. I hope PBS is listening.

David A. Gregory

Marion, AR

Mar 5 2010 - 2:21pm

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