Howie Carr ping...if there are any Howie columns (I haven’t
checked Herald site yet) I will cut and paste them. Last
word on his employment situation is that a “status meeting”
is to be held Oct 15. As I noted above though he does now
have a site going up at http://www.howiecarr969.com so
maybe he’s pretty confident he will eventually wind up on
And now we hear Imus is coming back, perhaps by Dec 1.
It has been speculated that maybe if Howie goes to WTKK,
WRKO could pick up Imus and either get rid of Finneran
or move him to Howie’s 3-7 pm slot (I think The Felon
has a 2 year contract...)
Howie’s column from today’s Sunday Herald. HC column ping.
Dislike Pike Hikes? Let’s tax the bikes
By Howie Carr Boston Herald 10/7/07
It was a headline too good to be true, and it was:
Toll increase averted.
That was the top banner on the Boring Broadsheets Web site early Friday morning. No toll increase - stop the presses. I mean, the outrageous Pike toll increase scheduled for January has been in the works since 1997. No toll increase. What an unexpected break for the motoring public.
Er, not quite. I clicked on the story and saw another headline almost as misleading: Vote averts proposed toll increases. And underneath, in the subhead, the actual facts: Turnpike officials OK smaller hikes.
Smaller hikes. In other words, the cost of traveling through the Allston and Route 128 tolls is still going up, from a buck to $1.25, just as it was scheduled a decade ago. Thats a 25 percent rise, and it was not, repeat not, averted. Its just that the Patrick administration was floating a trial balloon that the tolls could go up as much as 75 cents, so their friends on the Boulevard gave them a free pass in the headline.
Imagine this scenario on the national scene: Inflation is raging and the Bush administration announces that it may be as high as 75 percent. Then, the actual inflation number comes in at a 25 percent annual rate. Would the headline be: Inflation averted?
Of course not. This is the oldest trick in the hacks playbook. Leak a bogus story about some monumental tax hike, then announce, no, we wouldnt think of doing that to you good folks after all. It wont be 75 percent . . . only 25 percent. To which you are supposed to respond, Thank you sir, may I have another?
Does anybody fall for this stuff anymore? asked Barbara Anderson, the head of Citizens for Limited Taxation. I dont sense a lot of outrage, but I think its not so much apathy as disgust. Or that everybody who cared is gone. Or dead!
The usual man-in-the-street interviews produced the expected responses. Most drivers expressed glee that their pockets would only be picked an extra $260 a year, rather than $780. If youre on Death Row, even a 24-hour reprieve looks good. These same goobers will be just as thrilled next year when they jack up the gas tax by only 15 cents a gallon.
Were told that these gas tax and toll increases (and dont forget, they also threatened to hike up the tunnel rate from $3 to $6) are needed for the infrastructure, which brings me to another point.
How the hell many bikepaths do we need in this state anyway? I understand that moonbats love to ride their 10-speeds, but this is getting ridiculous. You want a few specifics? The state is advertising for bids on a $3.9 million contract for a 6.5-mile extension of a bikepath along a railroad track in North Falmouth. Thats $600,000 a mile. For a bikepath.
No money for bridges, one Cape Codder told me, but $4 million for a bikepath in the woods to nowhere, add 20 percent for overruns and the moonbats get their ride.
Then theres the new Blackstone River Bikeway. We are spending $4 million for the design of a 16.5-mile stretch in Worcester County.
Next stop, Northampton. According to a newspaper story in August, the Highway Department is considering a bid of $1.4 million to build a segment .7 miles long. That works out to $200,000 for each tenth of a mile.
Heres one in Scituate. Theyre springing for $345,000 to pave a bikepath between the Dunkin Donuts shop and the wastewater treatment plant. Sounds like a very scenic route to me.
Next, we come to Mattapoisett. Their new bikepath is going to cost $1.2 million. Its a mile long.
Ive got an idea. Forget raising the tolls on the Pike and in the tunnels. Lets toll all the wonderful new bikepaths in the boonies. Well have a public hearing on the bikepath-toll proposal, just like the Pike always does, and then well just do it.
HiRacoon, could you please add me to your Howie ping list?
Can’t wait until he returns, it is sickening hearing RKO still using his name to promote business!