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Friday, March 13, 2009

The State of Our Economy and Our State of Mind



An Open Letter to NBC Nightly News and Brian Williams:

Tonight, as my Big Bear and I were watching the NBC Nightly News, we were inspired by your segment "Making a Difference" and the goodness in people to help others.  You have had similar such stories on a regular basis and I believe that you may just be onto something good - how about paying it forward to all who watch NBC and make this more than just a "segment" on the Nightly News, but rather, make it an hour show.  Let's get America back in a positive frame of mind.

Last night I went to bed with a busy mind and terribly worried for my family and the stress that is on my husband to find a job comparable to the one that he was laid off from at Avaya back in September, 2008.  He hasn't been on the first interview.  We are a family of 6, and we have both put our life and heart into this home.  I shudder to think that we could lose it all - literally.  We are on the tail end of the unemployment supplement, and nearly at the end of the bucket of our retirement funds after having depleted our savings entirely to support our family and our living expenses up till now.  And to think - we are the lucky ones.  The tent cities make my stomach do flips. 

It seems that the news is 7/8ths bad news and 1/8th good news.  No, I take that back.  We rarely if ever hear good news.  This country needs more good news.  I hate to admit it, but I truly believe that the media plays a huge part in the state-of-the-economy by fueling our negative state-of-mind.  It is time for a major change and I believe that NBC can lead the way to a positive frame of mind by reporting more of the good news and less of the bad.  Unless you try it, you'll never know how this could jump start the economy - jump start the positive thinking that this country needs to get back on its feet. 

I do believe that the media is the single greatest influence from our state-of-mind to our crime rate.  From Wall Street to Main Street - the media is everywhere, and everywhere we look and listen we know that this country - this world - is in a world of hurt.  The United States is leading the way to the free fall of the world economy.  So how do we pick up the pieces?  One idea, one seedling of positive thinking, one example of the goodness in humanity, and one step at a time. 

Your segment on the nightly news "Making a Difference" truly is making a difference.  I believe that your story about the person who paid the toll of the person behind them and how that one stroke of kindness led to a wave of kindness that went on for hours, is exactly what led to the money in the envelope at the checkout counter at the grocery store and why some even put a few dollars in the envelope before passing it on to the person behind them.  You see?  You really did start a shockwave of kindness and goodness, and the ripple affect can be powerful.

So how about it?  How about "Making a Difference" from the mind up?  How about turning this segment into a full blown program?  How about seeing how many stories come trickling in about people making a positive difference in this country and across the globe. 

LaidOffT-shirt NBC can lead the way from "No Body Cares" to "Nothing But Confidence" for the American people.  You brought color to the American people through the essence of your Peacock, and now the American people need you to bring us Confidence.

And this is one email I hope that you - Brian Williams - will read.


Susan Vaughn
Riding the Wave of Economic Disaster with my family in hand
Charlotte, NC



To NBC and Brian Williams,
Once, there was a time when the symbol of NBC stood for color. Your animated logo was more than just an advertisement of reds,greens and blues, instead it was a promise of progress. To all American people, television entertainment once represented how life can be better ... but these days it fills us with discouragement and dissapointment .. showing us how it could be worse.

Today, your network broadcast a report informing us how the citizens of our country, and quite possibly the world, are looking to Obama for confidence... but confidence cannot be led by one man alone.  Although your network has shown us hope through these dark economic times with your segment 'Making a Difference' unfortunately, one small segment just isn't enough. It is obvious today that the people need confidence. Let your network follow in our nations leaders footsteps, let your network stand for something else in this generation. Let your network stand for Confidence.

'Nothing but Confidence'

The American people need a network to set the tone, once again, for the way things should be. Anyone can report about others who have made a difference but who will be the ones proving they dont just report the news, they make it.

For those of us still fortunate enough to watch your broadcasts day to day, we are  looking to you for inspiration and motivation.

Kathleen Smith
Riding thru the storm with my family
Charlotte, NC

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