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Yemenis Celebrate as President Saleh Flees to Saudi Arabia, Transfers Power to Vice President; Former Black Panther Leader, Geronimo Ji-Jaga Pratt, Wrongfully Imprisoned for 27 Years, Dies in Tanzania; Dr. Gabor Maté: Obama Admin Should Heed Global Panel’s Call to End "Failed" U.S.-Led Drug War.

Today's Headlines

    * Saleh Treated in Saudi Arabia After Rocket Attack
    * 96 Killed in Syrian Violence
    * Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Demonstrations on Syria Border
    * Egypt Closes Gaza Border After Brief Opening
    * Thousands of Israelis Rally for Palestinian State
    * 19 Killed in Pakistan Attack
    * Gates: U.S. in "No Rush" to Leave Afghanistan
    * 5 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq
    * NATO Deploys Choppers in Libya
    * Radiation at Japanese Nuclear Plant Hits Record Level
    * Hundreds Protest at Kansas Military Base for Manning Release
    * Over 2,000 Flee Arizona Wildfire
    * Leftist Claims Victory in Peru Vote
    * Mexico Anti-Drug War March Heads to Ciudad Juárez
    * 80,000 Protest Austerity Measures in Greece
    * Indian Police Break Up Yoga Guru’s Anti-Corruption Fast
    * March Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Begins in West Virginia

 

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I believe Tracy has done

I believe Tracy has done tieelrss work to save KPFA and those who are behind the recall know that she had nothing to do with the changes which took place on the morning show. I urged all decent thinking people to vote no on the recall. Some of those pushing for the recall were responsible for the loss of the rainy day fund and other budget losses. Some of them have even been willing to put out lies about what happened to the morning show when they know Tracy had nothing to do with the morning show staff changes. They know that some drastic measures were needed to reduce the operating budget but because Tracy recommended that reductions were needed they have attacked her. They also know that since they had contributed to the loss of the rainy day fund some drastic measures were needed to reduce the operating cost.We were part of the group that fought to get the station back and to raise money to put the station on a sound footing after KPFA was back in the hands of the listeners. So it is disappointing to now learn that those funds raised to provide a cushion have disappeared during the time that those who are screaming the loudest were in charge.

Pacifica is an organization

Pacifica is an organization with the very best inintetons that has continuously stumbled over its inability to reach concensus on the critical task of balancing a checkbook. Take a few zeros away from Tracy's numbers above and you'll see that this is no more complicated than basic household accounting. The key is to either bring in more than you spend. Or, if that can't be achieved, spend less than you bring in. I know of what I speak, having been managing radio stations for 30 years. This does not require an MBA, since the math rarely gets beyond additon and subtraction. I absolutely agree with Pacifica's 60-year policy against accepting corporate underwriting. It is the only way to keep their journalistic efforts free of corporate influence. However, I strongly disagree with the (continued) interpretation of this policy to also reject underwriting from legitimate non-profit charitable organizations whose values coincide with those of Pacifica. In Pacifica markets such as NYC, SF-Oakland, LA, Houston and NYC (did I miss anybody), such a simple adjustment would provide millions in additional income, allowing the organization to thrive and grow and serve the people of these communities without the needless stress the always find themselves in. Life doesn't have to be this hard, folks.

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