Scientology’s grip hurts downtown Clearwater

Re: Merchants say protesters are driving away business, story, May 14

Scientology’s grip hurts downtown

It seems to me a very positive thing to see a younger generation willing to express its freedom of speech. It is also nice to see people and activity in usually quiet downtown Clearwater.

I believe that these protesters, while focused on the unknown specifics of the inner workings of Scientology, are also expressing that they want to have Clearwater’s downtown feel free and open to all. In my opinion, it is not the demonstrations that are hurting the downtown merchants.