The 1979 Clearwater Sun Editorial the Tampa Bay Times Should Run Today - 2013-09-08
One of the targets of Scientology's destructive schemes was the Clearwater Sun, a daily newspaper that served the town Scientology had stealthily taken over in 1975. Documents seized by the FBI showed that the Sun's publisher, editors, and reporters had been targeted with surveillance and smear schemes. Church spies were planted in the newsroom and advertising departments, plans were made to lie to advertisers to get them to drop the paper, and other plans were hatched to devalue the paper until the church could buy it and take control. The church also investigated letter writers who spoke critically of the church.
The editors of the Sun decided that they'd seen enough. We ran across this editorial the paper published on November 27, 1979, and we couldn't help thinking of the recent outrage from folks in Clearwater when the church cut down a couple of healthy live-oak trees for an upcoming event after the city told it not to. The church was fined $2,000.