Baseless gossip - 1997-03-02
I guess all it takes is a few hours in downtown Clearwater for Mary Jo Melone to sense the mood of the town. Or, more likely, to try and cast her own paranoia and unfounded fears on readers by writing an irresponsible column.
Although I am not a Scientologist, I work in downtown Clearwater alongside many Scientologists and patronize the local restaurants every day. I have had many open debates about Scientology at the local cafes without getting any "frosty looks" from church members, and there has been no pressure by Scientologist co-workers to "convert" me.