This is likely the only time I’ll grab my checkbook to support a Bill Fletcher campaign. Below is a letter I received from Fletch asking for donations to keep the Public Forum active in some fashion. This is a worthwhile cause for all the reasons I’ve mentioned before.
Whether you find your politics more in line with mine or Fletcher’s, please consider a donation.
UPDATE: The City Paper has a short story on some of the future possibilities of the Public Forum.
Friends, Romans, Countrymen,
Today it was announced that Teddy Bart’s Round Table would cease production as part of The Public Forum. This decision was made by the Board of Directors of The Public Forum, the non-for-profit entity that was set up a few years ago to build a statewide television network around the radio show. A story about the decision from The City Paper is pasted below if you want more details.
This decision by The Public Forum board will allow Teddy and Karlen to wind down the program and meet their basic obligations but they have real and pressing needs, especially for their employees, that will not be met … unless we act.
Today, Fletcher Rowley Chao, Inc. sent a significant check to The Public Forum. John Rowley, Ben Chao and I appear regularly on the show and we consider the Round Table family to be part of our own.
I am writing today to encourage you to make an immediate contribution to The Public Forum. Your contribution now will allow Teddy and Karlen to properly wind down the program and offer some support to their employees as they seek employment. It may also allow them to keep the Forum File email newsletter active even while they are off the air.
You can send them a check or you can make your contribution on-line at:
Or you can mail or drop a check by:
The Public Forum
555 Church Street, Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37219
Your contribution is tax deductible.
Although I am not speaking for Teddy and Karlen, I am convinced that The Round Table will be back on the air at some point as it has been for more than 20 years. Our community has benefited greatly from the civil, public-spirited discussion of issues of the day on The Round Table. It is easy to take such an important part of our community for granted.
I hope and believe that you and others will rise to this challenge and help Teddy and Karlen wrap up this particular chapter of the Round Table with class and style. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Libertarian or Druid this is your opportunity to make your voice heard and vote for The Round Table.
Forward this email to others in your circle and let’s encourage those in our community to rally around our friends.
Thank you for your consideration.
Fletcher Rowley Chao