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"Science is cumulative. But to be truly cumulative, we need to be able to read and understand what has come before us. And this comes down to an issue of access.
"Many scientific papers are locked away behind paywalls. But the federal government pays for nearly all of this research! So not only should we have access to it in order to allow science to build upon itself, but as a citizenry we have paid for this research and should be able to access it.