Letters: Clean up the airwaves
Clean up the airwaves "These are public airwaves - there is not a business or a corporation in the United States that owns one single airwave. They belong to you. They belong to me," said Michael J. Copps, one of five commissioners appointed by t...
"These are public airwaves - there is not a business or a corporation in the United States that owns one single airwave. They belong to you. They belong to me," said Michael J. Copps, one of five commissioners appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Copps appeared recently on a segment of "The Coral Ridge Hour" on WSAX-TV Channel 5, broadcast out of Alexandria, and on WDAY-TV Channel 6, Fargo. Indecency fines the FCC imposes upon violators simply are not high enough to impact them hard enough to make them clean up their TV programs, compared to what multimillion dollar networks and broadcast stations receive from advertisers.
"We must make the consequences for indecent programming more severe. They have the power. We must give them the will. We have designed a critical 'Clean Up the Airwaves' petition for the FCC," said Pastor D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Copps said, "I hope people will continue letting their opinion-makers know what they think. Let the FCC know what you think. Because of the grassroots movement we have, we are definitely entering into a new era. My suggestion is to keep the pressure on ... I think we're going to see action. I think the message is out there that an important segment of the American population has had enough."
Learn what you can do about today's important moral issues from "The Coral Ridge Hour." It airs Sundays for one hour starting at 6 a.m. Call the Coral Ridge Ministry at 888-947-9009 or contact them at www.crm.org and request a "Clean Up the Airwaves" petition. Promptly fill it out, sign it and return it to them, and they will deliver all of them at once to the FCC in Washington, DC - as they always do with all of their moral-issues petitions to various branches of government. Let's bombard the FCC with petitions!
Barbara Kay Carlisle