(Letter sent to New York Times concerning their article about politics around Postcards from Bustor.)
My three-year-old daughter is learning how to act nicely with people that are different from her. She often watches ‘Postcards from Buster’ on PBS. In one episode, Buster visits kids in Kentucky that are clogging. While I recognize that some religious groups consider dancing sinful, I’m glad that my daughter had a chance to learn about this different lifestyle. In another episode, Buster visits a fair in Indiana where a boy shows a pig and talks about how it will go to the slaughterhouse. While I recognize that some animal rights groups consider this wrong, I’m glad my daughter had a chance to learn about this lifestyle as well.
The article ‘Conservatives and Rivals Press a Struggling PBS’, Feb 17th, raises many issues about the funding and direction of PBS. I only wish that more people addressing these issues would spend time watching ‘Postcards from Buster’ and learning how to act nicely with people that are different from them.
P.S. Also, check out this letter: http://advocate.com/html/stories/933/933_cottontail.asp