As for killing and Laura, what a whacko statement.
And Yes I am "Friend Of PBS", I make a pledge every year.
We pledge every year too!
Besides, what programs do you believe are so 'left' on PBS?
AND, many people opt not to have cable or can't afford it. Also, many of these shows would never be seen if people had to buy or rent DVD/VHS copies...and I mean shows like Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, Reading Rainbow, Nova, Mystery, and all those wonderful British series, etc. PBS exposes people to shows that they might normally not think of watching - and, in many cases, gets them interested in something new or different.
And yes, we pledge every year as well - both my DH & I are 'second-generation' supporters of PBS.