Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Friday, May 20, 2011

Favorite Place and a Rant

Here I am at my new favorite place to get away from the office and work: Barnes and Noble coffee shop. I have a hot chai and blues are playing on the store intercom. It's a beautiful day except for a bit of wind. All should be well, right?

Instead, I have a rant.

I've been thinking about this post all week. I don't like to get off into issues here, that's not the reason for this blog. But sometimes...you just have to say what you feel.

I've been a fan of John Walsh and "America's Most Wanted" for years. Sunday the president of Fox announced the show would be cancelled except for an occasional special. The reason he gave was the show isn't making money. He didn't even go by ratings...with over 5 million viewers every week they must be better than many other shows he's keeping.

The way my husband put it the only people who will be happy about the cancellation will be child molesters, rapists and murderers. Not the families of victims, the found children, and the people who's lives have been changed because this show helped make people aware of problems in our society.

In the 23 years since the show began they have led to the arrest of over 1,000 offenders around the world. John Walsh has been an advocate for children and the formation of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Adam Walsh Act for the registration of sex offenders was passed and named after John's murdered six-year-old son.

Saving money may be one of the most important issues to everybody right now but this should be a reminder that no-matter-what making a difference is what really counts. John has made a difference in so many ways and as my hubby and I always say after John announces another capture on the show, "YEAH JOHN!"

Jim Sitton, who's daughter and two other family members were murdered on Thanksgiving 2009, started a facebook page to Save AMW. There are numerous blogs and campaigns to save the show. There are addresses to contact Fox officials and local stations to voice our opinions. Visit www.amw.com to see up-to-date information on the show.

I hope you will join me in making a difference.

My Maggie, the rescue dog, agrees.