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( May. 16th, 2011 09:21 am)

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/blogs/road-taxes-gas-cars-pay-them-why-not-electric-vehicles?hpt=Sbin

Here's a radical suggestion - why not make the car tags we have to buy annually BE the road tax - that's what these tags were originally created to pay for and I think they should return to that. Base it on the weight of the vehicle and that will be the tax for as long as the car is driven, regardless of its age.

Or add a road use tax to tires - the less a car is driven, the longer the tires last, therefore the less that person will pay in road taxes. A person who drives a lot will buy tires more often, thus paying more in road taxes. This will also be an incentive to take better care of tires (proper inflation, proper brake use, and all) which will reduce gas use and extend the life of the car as well as the roads.

Fuel is already at the maximum tax consumers can afford to pay. Adding an expensive-to-implement mileage tax on top of that when we already have these other, better, tax venues available. In order to implement a miles-driven tax, devices will have to be installed in cars to track those miles and then devices have to be installed on fuel tanks to calculate those miles and there's room for all kinds of defects and errors in this when simply adding a tax to tires - already rated for set numbers of miles - has far less room for errors and defects and if a tire is defective, the consumer has recourse which we don't have with these electronic or computerized devices added to cars and gas pumps.

Return the car tags back to being the road use tax it originally was and add a tax to the purchase of tires and problem solved - simply, inexpensively, and with very little room for defects and errors.

Even the electric cars have to buy car tags and tires, so this tax would be evenly applied to everyone - no cried of "unfair!"

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( May. 16th, 2011 10:25 am)

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WellnessNews/big-stroller-carting-big-kids-bad/story?id=13597874

I never used a stroller.

At that time, people said I was a bad parent for not using one.

I carried my children when they were babies, and once they were old enough to walk, I let them walk. I put them in a dog harness and leash so they would wander off too far or get lost, but walk they did. And when they got tired, I carried them.

At the zoo, the park, and the Book Sale, they rode in a wagon. In fact, we were responsible for the trend of zoos renting wagons out to patrons with children because in a wagon, we could load all the kids, an ice chest, and snacks. The children could get in and out easily, walking when they wanted and riding when they tired, and it was so much easier to deal with than strollers for multiple children. It was easier to maneuver, and the kids could use it to stand up in for better looks at things. The wagon held things and kids so much better!

I never did like strollers.

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