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Sesame Street's message to children: rich kids first

To the editor: Though I understand the economic issues behind the move of "Sesame Street" from PBS to HBO, I am nonetheless saddened. ("'Sesame Street' moving to a more tech-savvy neighborhood: HBO," Aug. 14)

"Sesame Street" has been a fixture for preschool youngsters for decades. Moving it to a pay channel is going to deprive children whose parents cannot afford a premium service like HBO; additionally, not all preschoolers have access to a tablet or smartphone.

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Perhaps the solution would have been for HBO to sponsor the show on PBS in return for a percentage of the profits from the toys, games and books. But of course, that doesn't enter into the equation, does it?

The children who probably benefit the most from "Sesame Street" will no longer have timely access. I think that's unfortunate.

Lee Rubinstein, Sherman Oaks

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