Florida: Citrus County Board of Commissioners Sticks with Denying Digital NY Times For Library
UPDATED POST: November 21, 2019 Libraries to “Catch Our Breath” on Subscription Issue (via Citrus County Chronicle)
From the Citrus County Chronicle:
Nobody on the dais mentioned anything about “fake news.”
But three commissioners stuck to their positions, voting down on Tuesday a proposal that would have provided digital New York Times access to 70,000 library cardholders while eliminating print editions that are now available.
Commissioners Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen Jr. and Jimmie T. Smith voted no. Commissioners Jeff Kinnard and Chairman Brian Coleman supported it.
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Commissioners were presented what appeared to be a compromise: cancel the library’s $3,000 a year print subscription and instead sign up for the Times’ digital subscription so the system’s 70,000 library cardholders would have access anywhere.
It would be a cost savings of $300.
But that idea just had some residents digging their heels in deeper.
“If you guys wanna read the New York Times, pay for it. Don’t ask me to pay for it,” resident Barry Cooper said.
April McGlocklin disagreed, but not because she particularly likes the paper.
“I do not support the New York Times,” she said, adding, “I support the first amendment. The Constitution.
“I detest censorship.”
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