goodbye neighbor

And it makes me sad not that Fred Rogers (“Mr. Rogers”) is dead today, but that he had to live to see what we’ve become as a nation. The fact that kids went, in the short span of 20 years, from watching Mr. Rogers to watching Jerry Springer is the saddest thing that I can imagine. He was a good man and he did what he could to instill values like kindness in children for a long, long time.

I was going to say that it apparently didn’t work, but (and this is a frightening thought), maybe it did. Maybe where we are today is actually a better place than where we would have been without him.

Anyway, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Fred Rogers for making it his life’s work not to get rich or to play to the lowest common denominator for ratings, but to get kids thinking about things like community and helping one another. We need more people like him.

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