20 January, 2012

How To Get WVPBS to Promote Your Religion

When I complained about gospel preaching, gospel singing and "intelligent design" programming on West Virginia PBS the  Director of Programming, Craig Lanham, said the offensive programming was donated free of charge so it didn't cost taxpayers anything.

Hmmm. Does this mean that Sam Singleton , Atheist Evangelist, could get DVDs of his act on WVPBS if he donates them for free?

If Dan Barker donates CDs of his atheist tunes would Craig Lanham air those?

And what about Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus; can they get Craig Lanham to broadcast shows that promote their religions of they donate the programs free of charge?

To offer Craig Lanham and WVPBS free DVDs that promote your religion, email Clanham@wvpubcast.org or call Craig Lanham at (304) 254-7896.

19 January, 2012

Why Won't WVPBS Meet With Me?

If you've been feeling lately that WVPBS stands for West Virginia Parochial Broadcasting System, then you've seen the same gospel preaching and gospel singing shows I've seen and wondered why WVPBS is promoting a religion. Every time I see gospel sings, "intelligent design" shows and shows in which a preacher asserts that "God jammed the cross into the machinery of sin and separation from God" or "the resurrection of Jesus conquered death" I wonder why my tax money is being used to support and promote the Christian religion.

Does WVPBS plan to air atheist singing shows or Muslim singing shows? Does WVPBS plan to let Hindus or Buddhists preach on their channels?

I've been trying for some time now to get someone at WVPBS to meet with me so I can discuss these programming issues with someone in charge but, as of this writing, my emails and voice mails to Dennis Adkins, Marilyn DiVita and various board members have gone unanswered and unacknowledged. 

Only Program Director, Craig Lanham, bothered to phone me. I give him kudos for that but I'm pretty sure I heard him snort when I mentioned "separation of church and state". Then  he started using words like "conservative" and "liberal" - words I didn't use. I didn't come away from that phone call with a feeling that WVPBS understands my concerns so I'm still seeking a meeting.

If any of my readers have influence at WVPBS, please show them this post and help me get a meeting with someone who will listen to my concerns. Maybe we can go together. We can call the meeting "Occupy WVPBS".

13 January, 2012

Joseph Higginbotham Appointed To West Virginia Region 3 Workforce Investment Board

On 5 January 2012 I was appointed to a 3-year term on West Virginia's Region 3 Workforce Investment Board so in days to come look for updates about WIB meetings, workforce development news and, of course, commentary and opinion about what West Virginia can and should do to attract more investment and equip West Virginians for 21st century jobs.

As my regular readers know, I frequently write about job search strategy but now that I'm on the WIB, I'll have more to say about what West Virginia must do to increase the supply of jobs. And I invite readers to weigh in - especially readers who are involved in any way with hiring and recruiting. I want to hear from small business owners, department heads and human resources professionals. Employers open offices and plants where the skilled labor is. What can West Virginia do to equip its workers with the skills that attract investment?

In addition, I'll be reaching out to people engaged in the kind of activity that might make West Virginia a labor market of choice. This includes (but is not limited to) STEM educators and those who work for a richer culture and a more diverse labor pool.

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