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'The Arts need your support now!'
1997\04\21@191247 by Education

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(WASHINGTON)--  Supporters of the arts rallied last weekend in defense of
federal financing, a
week after Speaker Newt Gingrich restated his opposition to such subsidies.
       Even before the Republicans gained control of Congress, the idea of fede
ral
money for
the arts was hotly debated.
       Now advocates for federal support, like the Denver based Metropolitan
Performing Arts
Council, see themselves fighting a defensive battle.  "If farmers can be
subsidized for not growing
things, why can't artists be subsidized for producing?," said actor F. Murray
Abraham.
       Last week, Speaker Gingrich reached out to House conservatives by
recommending
himself to cutting off federal money for the arts.
       Arts supporters were encouraged when the speaker had a private 15-minute
meeting with
actor Alec Baldwin, who had come to Washington to lobby for federal support of
the arts.
Conservatives saw the meeting as a signal Gingrich may quit his fight to kill
such spending.
       Last year, President Clinton asked for $136 million for the National
Endowment for the
Arts, and Congress provided $99.5 million.  Clinton has renewed his request at
the higher level
this year, but Congress is unlikely to provide that much.
       Gingrich vowed to cut funding for the endowment all together.

Portions from the New York Times and the Denver Post.

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       News stories like these have been published several times during the pas
t
several weeks
as budget talks continue between the White House and Congress.  Arts funding
historically has
been a low priority item and with pressure mounting in both houses of Congress,
the arts and
humanities communities could see their worst fears come true this year.

       You see, for many individual artists and community theatre groups, the
endowment is a
source of both crucial encouragement and support.  That's why the Metropolitan
Performing Arts
Council needs your support in urging Congress to fund the President's
recommendation for NEA
funding.

Here are two ways that you can help in this critical effort:

1)      Please sign and return the enclosed petition to the President and
Congressional
       leadership today.  Your signed petition will express concern that the ar
ts are
being
       singled out for possible elimination from federal funding.  And it will
demand
that federal
       support of the National Endowment of the Arts be funded at the level
recommended by
       President Clinton.

2)      Please include a special contribution to MPAC with your signed petition.
 As
we work to
       expose the plan of the Republican leadership to cut arts funding, today
MPAC
needs your
       help to show Americans that the arts are in the real position of loosing
federal funding.

       The National Endowment for the Arts is the central source of federal fun
ding
for the arts in
America.  Its funding provides for the breadth and depth of American artistic
creativity in all of its
diversity.  In cities, towns and rural areas in every region, Americans are
making, teaching and
caring for a treasury of art that is the envy of the world.


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PLEASE PRINT THE FOLLOWING PORTION AND RETURN TO THE ADDRESS BELOW
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___     I have signed the petitions below to President Clinton and the
Congressional leadership
       urging them to help support arts funding to the National Endowment for t
he
Arts.

___     I will help MPAC organize grassroots efforts to urge Congress to give th
e
arts and
       humanities the same consideration in budget negotiations as other progra
ms
receive and
       to grant the presidents request for funding to the NEA.  Enclosed is my
emergency
       contribution in the amount of:

       ___ $25   ___ $40   ___ $50   ___ Other $_______

___     I do not wish to sign the petition, but in support of MPAC s efforts to
protect arts funding in
       America, I will make a special contribution in the amount of:

       ___ $25   ___ $40   ___ $50   ___ Other $_______

RETURN TO:      Metropolitan Performing Arts Council, Inc.
               P O Box 261125
               Denver, CO  80226-9125

Please make your check payable to MPAC.  Print and mail this letter and petition
below to the address listed
above.  MPAC is a non-profit, tax exempt organization and is charted in the
State of Colorado.  Contributions are
tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

_____________________________________________________________________________
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|
|       TO:  President Bill Clinton
|              Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Trent Lott
|                   Washington, DC
|
|       Dear Mr. President, Speaker Gingrich and Senator Lott,
|
|               In the wake of recent public comments by Speaker Gingrich, I am
alarmed to
|       learn that federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts may b
e cut
and
|       possibly eliminated.
|
|               Cuts in federal funding based on one's prejudice or ignorance of
the arts and

|       humanities communities is truly appalling.  Until recent attacks by Spea
ker
Gingrich and
|       Senator Helms, many American's took federal funding of the arts for gran
ted.
|
|               I urge you to support free speech in America and support the Met
ropolitan
|       Performing Arts Council's effort to pass President Clinton's recommendat
ion
for NEA
|       funding this year, so that the work of theaters and artists will continu
e for
all people to
|       enjoy.
|
|                                               Sincerely,
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|                                               __________________
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|_____________________________________________________________________________

WE WILL DELIVER YOUR SIGNED PETITION TO THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSIONAL
LEADERSHIP.

1997\04\21@211137 by Andy Kunz

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At 10:56 PM 4/21/97 GMT, you wrote:
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>...federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts may be cut and
possibly eliminated.

HURRAY!  Gee, guess they spammed us thinking we were all "liberal-think"
people.

Personally, I wish it were _guaranteed_ rather than only "possibly"
eliminated.  Maybe I better let Newt know I stand with him on this (and
Communist China, and ...)

OK, my fire extinguisher is ready, start flaming!

Andy

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1997\04\22@093208 by Tom Handley

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re: SPAM, Arts, and Fire Extinguishers

  Andy, I hear you. Though I've only recently joined the MIT list, I've
been on the PIC list for quite some time. I've seen a lot of SPAM in this
list and I wonder what can be done to eliminate it. `On another paw', I've
recently received a lot of offers for those sex sites in my local mailbox
at Teleport here in Portland, OR. If I try to reply to be removed, the
account has moved on... While I've rode some fast horses in the past, I've
slowed down to a `Trail, Heinz-57, Lord knows what' horse now days ;-).
I'd like to know what can be done to exclude SPAM from mail lists and
personal mail...

  - Tom

At 09:02 PM 4/21/97 -0400, you wrote:
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1997\04\22@143633 by Andy Kunz

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>I'd like to know what can be done to exclude SPAM from mail lists and
>personal mail...

I got a sex mail the other day "about that place I was talking to you" it
said.  People who know me know better.

There ain't a thing we can do.

Andy
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Andy Kunz - Montana Design - 409 S 6th St - Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 USA
             Electronics for Industry & R/C Hobbyists
        "Go fast, turn right, and keep the wet side down!"
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