Scott Rubush is a recovering journalist living in West Chester, PA. He is a native of York, PA, and grew up in Cary, NC. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Scott has an extensive background in writing and politics. He is Publisher Emeritus of Carolina Review, and a former associate editor of the Los Angeles-based website FrontPageMagazine.com. He currently works as a grant-writer for an educational foundation in Wilmington, Del.
:: Saturday, August 28, 2004 ::
Movin' on Up...
...To Pennsylvania--West Chester, PA, to be exact. I'm still working at the funny farm, and my contact info there remains the same, as does my cell phone number. If you need my new home contact info, though, just drop me an e-mail at the address above.
This is my first day posting since completing the Marine Corps Marathon nearly two weeks ago. Just wanted to update those of you I haven't told yet that the experience was incredible. I finished the race with a "chip" time (ie, time from the start line to the finish line) of 3:59.06--just a hair under my goal of four hours. Boo yeah!
After months of training, the race itself was actually a lot of fun. In fact, with all the music and cheering crowds along the course, it was almost like a party--a party, that is, with a very very painful hangover beginning around the 22nd mile!
Pictures of me running, along with my pace and finishing times, are available at the race website by typing in my name or my bib number, 21237.
Thanks once again to everyone who supported my efforts to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in conjuction with the training. My St. Jude teammates and I managed to raise just north of $350,000 to treat young children with life-threatening diseases. Those dollars you guys contributed are going to save the priceless lives of several young boys and girls, and I'm so grateful to everyone who supported the effort.
You shouldn't need a signpost to Charles Krauthammer's latest column, but his piece today is unusually good--and it even casts Sen. Johnny Edwards (D-New South) in a positive light (from a conservative angle, of course!).
Scott 6:57 PM [+] ::
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Have you wondered, while sitting at a fume-choked toll plaza, whether this makes any sense? Have you asked yourself if it might be simpler to fund these roads out of gasoline-tax or other general revenue, like most of the national interstate system? [...]
"Tolls are a very inefficient method of taxation versus fuel and income taxes," they say in the current Transportation Quarterly magazine.
The two academics (Kramer teaches at St. Joseph's University; Peters at the City College of New York) calculated the total cost of the Garden State Parkway's toll system, and weighed that against the amount of revenue the system generates.
That total bill includes not only the amount spent to maintain and administer the toll plazas. It also includes what motorists lose in time and gasoline while they're waiting in lines, as well as the extra pollution generated by all those backed-up cars.
Put it all together, and you get more than 37 cents for every dollar collected at the toll plazas, the researchers estimate. By contrast, state and federal government agencies spend as little as 3 cents to collect a dollar via the income tax or gasoline tax.