Volume 7 Issue 26a_Sun Bay Paper

In the beginning, the rich nerds who launched tech startups saw themselves as "disruptors." They had power, swagger and money. But a funny thing happened on the way to their revolution: The tech startups became giants, and then the giants became enforcers of the status quo. The erstwhile disruptors became America's information oligarchs. It's no wonder then that many conservatives were overjoyed at Elon Musk's announcement that he had a 9.2% stake in Twitter stock and would join the social media platform's board. The stock market leapt at the news. In a day, Twitter stock bumped up some 27%. During the two years he'll be on the board, Musk, who already boasted 80 million followers, won't be able to own more than 14.9% of stock. When President Barack Obama, aka the "first social media president," won office in 2008, Silicon Valley flaunted its role in installing the first Black president. Tech was golden, a force for good. Then came President Donald Trump, a Twitter virtuoso, who credited social media for expanding his profile and opening the door to the Oval Office. After Trump's surprise 2016 victory, Silicon Valley discovered its duty to "moderate" -- read: suppress -- content. On Jan. 6, 2021, following the Capitol Hill riots, Twitter suspended the @realDonaldTrump account. Two days later, after Trump signaled that he did not see President Joe Biden's win as legitimate, Twitter permanently suspended the account to prevent Trump from inciting further violence, according to a company statement. Then-CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted that he did "not celebrate or feel pride" in banning Trump because "a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation." Since then, Twitter has deplatformed numerous accounts for spreading "misinformation." Staffers once dedicated to facilitating the free exchange of ideas have become dogged censors of politically incorrect viewpoints. Last month, for example, Twitter suspended the account of Babylon Bee, a conservative parody site, for what Twitter described as "hateful conduct." Babylon Bee's offense: a satirical post that hailed Rachel Levine, a transgender official in the Biden administration, as "man of the year." Since Babylon Bee refused to delete the tweet, the suspension continues. Five years ago, such satire likely would have played well in comedy venues. Now it's hate speech. The Washington Post painted the double standard as a divide between a laissez-faire approach and "stronger actions to reduce misinformation and harm." Be it noted: As far as Beltway media are concerned, misinformation applies to Trump's claim that he won the 2020 election. But the bogus Steele "dossier," Russiagate and ill-starred COVID-19 guidance issued by Beltway officialdom -- those bad stories don't register as misinformation. That's why Musk is needed - - which Dorsey and CEO Parag Agrawal clearly understand. Agrawal tweeted, Musk is "both a passionate believer and intense critic of the service which is exactly what we need." Apparently, it takes an outsider to curb drunk-withpower laptop censors. Musk's friendly relations with Trump are likely to drive snowflake staffers to the exit doors. Those who can't handle the free exchange of ideas are free to go. If they think they shouldn't have to be exposed to contrary opinions, they should avoid the public square. Not vice versa. Debra J. Saunders The Sun Bay Paper Page 8 April 8, 2022 - April 14, 2022 Letters To The Editor Guest Editorial To the Editor, Seems like the day just started and it's already six in the evening, the weekend starts and wham..it’s Monday, and in a blink, it's already Friday. Then the month is over, next thing you know, its another New Years eve. And every year passes faster and then we realize we lost our parents, our friends and it's too late to go back. So...especially in today’s world... Let's try, ...despite everything, to enjoy the remaining time we have. Let's smile at the little things in life that put the warmth in our hearts. And despite everything, we must continue to enjoy this time we have left, it goes faster than you think! Let's try to eliminate the afters..I'll take a vacation after so and so... I'll apologize after XYZ.... I'll ask/tell them after.... We leave everything for later like ′′ after ′′ is ours to will. What we don't understand is that: Afterwards...day becomes night. Afterwards... priorities change. Afterwards... health passes. Afterwards... the charm is gone. Afterwards... the kids grow up. Afterwards... parents get old. Afterwards... promises are forgotten. Afterwards... life ends.... And then....all too often ....it’s too late. So.. Let's leave nothing for later, because waiting for later, we can lose the best moments, the best experiences, the best friends, the best family. We are no longer at the age where we can afford to postpone what needs to be done right away. and it doesn’t matter if you are young! I hate to bring a dose of reality to this letter but ... Tomorrow is not promised! I recently lost a grandson, age 14, bet he didn’t think at breakfast his day would have ended the way it did! and now he’s gone! Life looks like an eternity, but it's a short trip, Enjoy it and always be kind. I read a great quote of the week in your paper a few weeks ago... “Be here now, Be somewhere else later”.......... I love it.... so simple Beverly Lynn Rosen Ed. Note: Thanks Beverly, great message... so sorry for your loss! To the Editor: All I can say about your paper is holy smokes. What a load of cow dung. Talk about head in the sand junk science, "The Hour I First Didn’t Believe" by Caleb S. Rossite Ph.D. (V7 I21). I believe I may very well be the one and only Biden lovin' liberal in this fine town. While I admire your strong stand on all things conservative, I just can't go down the road you travel. The planet is warming and men and women are the cause. All the fake science you print won't chage tha fact. William Marino Ed. Note: thanks for your patronage of our paper William, we’ll just have to agree to disagree on Global Warming. An interesting tid bit about volcanic eruptions, while they all spew gasses, some spew mostly CO2 ... others spew a lot of sulphur dioxide, which is of particular interest. In concentration, it can be harmful to humans but in the atmosphere it has a global cooling effect, after one such eruption in the Phillipines in 1991, much sulphur dioxide was released.. global temperatures dropped over 4 degrees F throughout the world in 1992 & 1993 ... just one eruption! In core samples we have proof that the earth has been cooling and warming for over 8,000 years, long before men and women had anything to do with it! As far a being a liberal... if you voted for Biden and are on board with his current agenda then you can not call yourself that... I like liberals and can still have intelegent conversations with them, but I think his current agenda supporters have blinders on and should consider themselves socialist or communist even. Quote of the Week Animals would never allow the dumbest/weakest ones to lead the pack! -Anonymous The information contained in this publication is for informational, educational, general information, and entertainment purposes only and is never intended to constitute medical or legal advice or to replace the personalized care of a primary care practitioner or legal expert. PHONE: (239) 267-4000 MAIL: 16970 San Carlos Blvd. #160, Ft Myers, Fl 33908 E-MAIL: production@sunbaypaper.com WEBSITE & DIGITAL VERSION: http://www.sunbaypaper.com The Sun Bay Paper To the Editor, You can’t make this crap up! Now they are giving free cellphones to illegal immigrants? WTF? Not enough to give them free medical and food stamps... now its free cell phones... with service of course, wouldn’t be any good without it! This administration makes me sick, my only fear is what they have planned to secure they keep their majority in the House and Senate in the upcoming Midterms... Oh I do have another fear, what is this country going to look like by the 2024 elections? Elenor Getchell The difference betweenHumans andAnimals