From my letters to editors
A clogged Los Angeles freeway was once described as the world's longest parking lot. As time goes on, the long parking lot is becoming an office park. Office equipment such as car phones, car fax machines and lap top computers is bringing office technology to the place where Americans spend a lot of time, inside their automobiles. It can be said that the automobile is becoming the office of the future. Freeways are the new office parks.
Is this really the future we
want? It does not sound good to me. Governor Lowry, of Washington
State, proposed putting a sales tax on gasoline consumption to help pay
for improving mass transit. This was a good idea, but the Legislature
voted it down this time around. Some car drivers resent having their
tax money going to mass transit. They feel their tax dollars should
only go to things, like more roads, that help automobiles directly.
This selfish attitude often changes when car drivers realize the benefits
they can get from mass transit. One bus can transport more than 40
Passengers. This can mean 40 fewer cars on the road. 40 fewer vehicles in
the traffic. Less traffic benefits everyone, including the cars.