1. Opinion

It’s not book-burning to object to paying $2,700 for digital New York Times subscriptions

Here’s what readers had to say in Friday’s letters to the editor.
The Welcome to Citrus County sign as you enter Citrus County. The Citrus County Commison was looking to eliminate the cost of the New York Times digital subscriptions because they say it is "Fake News." [DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Nov. 7

Saving $2,700 is not book-burning

In Citrus, a war for words | Nov. 6

So there is a big stink in Citrus County because county commissioners announced their intent not to pay $2,700 for an annual digital library subscription to the New York Times. First, the question that should always be asked when public funds are involved: How many of Citrus County’s more than 140,000 residents have actually accessed the New York Times through that subscription each year? Can a $2,700 subscription be justified? Is it unreasonable for conservatives (68 percent of Citrus voters voted for Donald Trump) not to pay $2,700 each year to make a left-leaning newspaper available in digital format? (Paper copies are still available.) A few observations regarding the progressive “Coffee Coalition” protesters:

1. One of them showed disrespect/intolerance by scoffing, “A prayer?” at the invocation.

2. Sounds like a lot of the protesters are confused about what “censorship” really means. No one is burning books in Inverness.

3. The protesters “booed her down” when one woman spoke in support of the commissioners, and half of them left before the commissioners took their turn speaking. That kind of intolerance seems to be rearing its hypocritical head a lot these days, on college campuses and in public forums.

Dennis Fox, Hudson

Looking out for consumers

In rare move, regulators say no to utilities | Nov. 6

Kudos to Julie Brown and the other members of the Florida Public Service Commission for rejecting the major utilities’ plan to eliminate programs that help their customers save energy. It was a bold move by this commission that in years past has been a rubber stamp for the utilities. Unfortunately for the four who voted for rejection, they will probably be replaced as soon as their terms expire.

Stephen Micklo, Clearwater

Be alert behind the wheel

Safe driving

As I sat at a traffic light one recent morning at Hanley Road and Hillsborough Avenue, I watched a pick-up blow past a stopped school bus. Last week, a child was hit in Pasco County. The disregard for life and disrespect of laws floors me. When I received my driver license more than 40 years ago my father, a professional truck driver, asked me to show it to him. Before he returned it, he said, “This is a privilege, not a right, and you need to remember that and that the vehicle is a two-ton (cars were much heavier then) weapon under your control, and you are responsible for it.” Those wise words have always remained with me.

Dawn Rinaldi, Tampa

Putting a price on pollution

Preventing pollution

The best chance of cleaning up plastic pollution is to assess a bounty on bags and bottles, per item or by the pound. What is it worth for the future of the world? Glass containers are costlier but can be recycled. Paper bags cost trees but are recyclable. As the Earth and oceans are being destroyed, policies should require special funding to aid in cleaning up and stopping these problems. If recycling machines that could automatically issue a cash refund for each aluminum can and plastic bottle dropped in a designated bin were installed in retail parking lots, this type of litter would practically cease to exist.

Kip Greenleaf, Clearwater


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