• This comment is about the New York Times subscription at the library. In the Oct. 29 edition of the Chronicle on page A9, it says the county already pays about $3,000 for the printed subscription. If this is so, why don’t we get an online version of the paper with the subscription as most other newspapers give with their paid subscriptions? Just a question.
  • This Sound Off is about (the Oct. 30) “Hot Corner: New York Times.” Yes, the county commissioners let their alligator mouths unload their canary backsides. This New York Times controversy is about the use of tax money. The library has a printed New York Times available. The digital is not necessary. Some people just can’t be satisfied.
  • Editor’s note: Only the Sunday edition is available at the Coastal Region and Homosassa branch libraries.
  • It’s Thursday morning (Oct. 31), I’m looking at the paper and something strikes me as very odd. Am I the only person — hopefully not — that can’t understand why every newspaper, every television station, every broadcast network, anyone and everyone anywhere in any way, shape, form or fashion that has anything less than praise to the highest level of heaven of our dear leader President Trump, is fake news, a dirt bag? Some denigrating name will be attached to everyone. Does anyone not see what is going on? This guy is the king of deflection. He’ll keep everybody busy chasing themselves around while he does what he does best. This is his way. This is what he does. And you won’t print this because, God forbid, the good-old, God-fearing public has never read something like this. They’ll have a heart attack. And to our county commissioners: I’d like to know when are we having the “Fahrenheit 451” Club meeting so I can come there with a fire hose while you try to burn the books? That seems to be your next move.
  • The No. 1 reason that the county commissioners should be providing digital access to the New York Times is there’s a number of folks in the county who are handicapped who don’t find the time to get to the library because of the inconvenience of their handicap and they need to have the access of digital New York Times for their computers or their smartphones so they can be able to read the paper. It’s awful difficult to read the paper at one sitting at the library. There’s so much content in there, especially in the Sunday New York Times. So I would hope that the commissioners would think of the people out there that are handicapped that would benefit by the fact of having digital access to the New York Times. It’s very shortsighted and to call the New York Times fake news, it’s obvious they’re not New York Times readers ...
  • I cannot believe how the majority — note, I said majority, not all — of my county Sound Off readers can be so dense. You’re talking about book burning, fake news, your First Amendment rights that commissioners are telling you what you can or cannot read. What are you — sheep? Are you just being led hither and yon by the wind? Listen, wake up. Either go all the way asleep or come all the way awake. No one, I repeat, no one is denying you your right to read a ridiculously editorialized New York Times — no one, not one commissioner, not one librarian, not one cop. 1. It’s not your so-called right to have it in the library. Besides, it’s already there and it’s free. 2. It’s available online at your home if you, the individual, want to pay for it. 3. It’s in the supermarkets. No one’s telling you or denying you the ability to read that newspaper. If you want the county to pay for that paper, then you have to open it up to all. Why not the Washington Post, the Knoxville Times Dispatch, the Asbury Park Press, the Chicago Sun-Times? Really, you are not living in the field of reality. Your thinking is fake. It’s unreal. God bless you all and have a good day and please wake up. Think!

Editor’s note: Only the Sunday edition is available at the Coastal Region and Homosassa branch libraries.

  • I do not believe our tax money should go to pay for the New York Times to be in our libraries. If you want to read the New York Times, pay for it.
  • I’m calling about the New York Times and personal responsibility, taking care of your own needs. If you so desperately want to read the New York Times, I suggest you get your own digital subscription. Yes, it only costs $1 per week, 14 cents a day. Liberals love spending other people’s money. I suggest you stop complaining and take care of yourselves.
  • This is to the (county commissioners) that want to control what the local folks read by banning the New York Times: You know, this just doesn’t go quite far enough. I think we ought to start burning us some books.
  • I’m calling in reference to all these calls, all these statements about the New York Times with the library. Quit your bellyaching. Let it go. If the New York Times means that much to you, then buy your subscription online yourself and read it or get a mail subscription for it. Just let it go.
  • I moved to Citrus County 13 years ago. Having the need for legal advice, an attorney from Ocala was recommended to me by an acquaintance. After completing my meeting with this attorney, he informed me he previously practiced in “Circus County.” I proceeded to ask him why he prefaced the county as “Circus.” His answer was simply, “Wait and see.” The current fiasco with the nonpartisan board of county commissioners regarding the fake news published by the New York Times and the Citrus County Public Library most certainly illustrates where my attorney’s reference of “Circus County” originated.
  • I have two comments about the current New York Times/Citrus County Public Library System: 1. Why did the department head have to go to the county commissioners to fund the digital version of the Times? Does he not have it in his budget? 2. What criteria are in place to judge which newspapers should be provided digitally? I believe that papers like the Wall Street journal should also have been considered instead of going for the popular New York Times, which clearly is left-leaning and not considered without bias.
  • There are so many comments about the New York Times. People, get over it. If you want it, you subscribe to it or have it delivered. People are more worried not getting the New York Times than the twisted tales that Commissioner Scott Carnahan tells. So you guys find something else to whine about. Have a good day.
  • Of course this is about the New York Times and the library system. I just want to remind everybody that I’ve heard a million times in Sound Off, “It’s our individual right, it’s our right to read the paper — rights, rights, rights.” Yeah, it’s your right, but it is the county commissioners’ right to not pay almost $3,000 for a product they do not find viable and worth it. You can go to any library in the system and you can read a paper copy of the New York Times. If you’re so into your rights as a reader of the Times, then order the Times. It’s very, very simple. Nobody’s keeping you from reading it. Nobody’s keeping your rights away from you. It is a decision based on whether or not that product is viable and worth it to spend taxpayer money on. You are not losing your rights to information.

Editor’s note: Only the Sunday edition is available at the Coastal Region and Homosassa branch libraries.

  • Oh, the irony. Councilman Carnahan’s calling the New York Times fake news when his own address is fake.
  • If I was Commissioner Carnahan, after what I did — which was stupid — about the New York Times, I would go ahead and pay that $2,000 out of my own pocket and then issue an apology in the newspaper…

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