Forget public access TV

Published: Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 11:13 p.m.

I am one of those people who subscribe only to basic cable, so I get to watch a lot of channel 12. I put my tape in the VCR the other day to record the discussion about public access TV.

Brother, was I surprised to see that my six-hour tape had spit out before the discussion was finished. So, I am unaware of any closing comments. Allow me to put in my 2 cents worth.

If you want to see this community divided any more than it already is, all you need to do is to allow "free" access to anybody who comes along. Governing board or not, once you use my tax dollars to finance this channel, I suspect that some pretty inflammatory stuff will make its way to broadcast as it did in Tampa.

I sure don't want my basic cable rate to go up to support views which may be anathema to me, either. Bad enough I have to pay for half a dozen or more useless channels as it is.

The right to "free" speech has never meant without cost. If somebody has something to say, he or she can darn well pay for his or her own TV ads, newspaper ads, billboards or bumper stickers. Then they are free to say just about anything they want.

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