New York City should honor Fred Rogers
Dear Mayor Bloomberg, Speaker Miller and Distinguished Members of the New York City Council: We, the undersigned residents of New York City, urge you to consider renaming a thoroughfare or public place in honor of Fred Rogers. Fred Rogers, known to millions of children simply as Mister Rogers, is a true American hero. A role model to kids everywhere, Rogers was awarded a Presidential Medal of Honor in 2002, the nation\'s highest civilian honor, for his contribution to \"the well-being of children and a career in public television that demonstrated the importance of kindness, compassion and learning.\" Rogers, who passed away last year at the age of 74, also had strong ties to the City of New York: his career in broadcasting began here in New York at NBC in 1951. In the past, the Mayor and members of the City Council have demonstrated a willingness to recognize those who have made significant contributions to our city and country by dedicating streets, parks and other public places in their name. As residents of this city, we urge you to consider legislation to bestow this honor on Fred Rogers. Thank you very much for your consideration.