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Why is it necessary to have a licence to own a TV when we have a constitutional right to be educated by the organs of public opinion. It is a scandal that people who have done nothing wrong are imprisoned while rapists, murderers and the crooks that brought Ireland to her knees walk the streets.

The time has come for the State to respect the citizens' right of free speech and scrap the licence fee.

RTE performing groups and artistic programmes could be financed out of the Lotto.

If the well-paid people in RTE want 'pay TV' it is possible for all or part of its output to be 'pay per view' or 'pay as you go'.

Television gives us a window on the world. So the smart thing to do is to scrap this ancient law that has no place in the modern world.

Edward Lee

Passage West, Co Cork

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