You can read the whole letter here. Why is everything a commercial for Ablaze*&%^!? Why not use some of that money to promote the Gospel of Christ on the radio, as Issues, Etc. had done? Why was (is) its continuation placed solely on the backs of those who listen? It looks neat written in official releases and letters to the editor, but when you think about it, it just doesn’t add up. 1 + 1 does not equal 3, no matter how vigorously the news is spread.
Listeners of “Issues, Etc.” have had nine years and countless invitations and opportunities to support the program financially, and some have, but not nearly enough to offset the show’s deep, ongoing losses.
Admittedly, some of the (as of now) 6150 signatures on the petition (including me) could have done more. But where was the announcement that Issues was in such dire financial straits? And where was the urgent appeal by the President or the Chairman of the Board for Communications for contributions to make sure it didn’t go away? Nearly all public or non-profit radio stations make continuous appeals for support. Since when do those “countless invitations and opportunities” add up to a no-warning lights out?
No, money is an easy answer, but if everyone had known that this was a likely consequence of a shortage of funds, money would have surely come in. And so many people would not have been so shocked.
It makes no sense, and the answers that have been coming forth have not been very forthcoming. Does anyone else have the urge to tell the Synodical officials to put the shovels down and stop digging their hole deeper?
Curiouser and curiouser: Money? What money?
[More on “peace, peace” when there is no peace here.]