||[Apr. 30th, 2010|11:00 pm]
I've watched Bill Moyers off and on (not every week; my schedule doesn't allow it) on PBS for decades. Tonight was his farewell broadcast, and it was vintage Moyers. Another one of my navigational beacons has turned off. At least he's still alive this night, unlike some of the others. Most of the others.
As crude oil pours into the Gulf of Mexico...as a stupid blankety-blank border fence closes off access to a wildlife refuge in South Texas paid for by the gifts of volunteers to save rare species...as the beauty and natural resources and freedom for individuals are cramped and squeezed and abraded...it's sad to see Bill Moyers retire.
I didn't always agree with him, especially when I was younger. And yet...a man of warmth, integrity, generosity. A man who believes passionately in the worth of people as individuals...in democracy...in freedom.
I've never met him. I wish I could.