Editorial Comment

One + one = eleven. I remember being at a rural gas station some years ago, probably in 1999. Gasoline prices were about a dollar a gallon then. In the window was a politician’s sign, asking for my vote. The guy at the pump beside me nodded his head at the sign and said, “He’s a good man, but I can’t vote for him. He wants to raise county gas taxes to pay for that new school building.” How much does he want?” I asked. “He says he needs to raise it 1%, but a fellow on my income can’t afford that extra 10 cents a gallon every time he fills up.” “Indeed,” was all that I could muster. For some reason, I didn’t have the heart to ruin his well-honed opinion with facts. A friend of mine had just bought a Monster SUV.

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