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Road User Fees: Funding Highways with Tolls and Gas Taxes

The writing below began as an email exchange that eventually was used by the National Motorists Association in their NMA E-Newsletter. Learn more about the NMA at Road User Fees May Be Necessary (But Reasonable is a Different Matter) … Continue reading

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Camera Photo Comparison: Nikon D7200 DSLR vs Panasonic DMC-ZS40

Camera Photo Comparison: Nikon D7200 DSLR vs Panasonic DMC-ZS40 Continue reading

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2014 Free Spirit SS

The video below is from the Free Spirit SS page on the website. Powered by Mercedes-Benz An impressive feat of German Engineering, the Mercedes-Benz 3500 Sprinter Chassis is the perfect fit for the 2014 Free Spirit by Leisure Travel … Continue reading

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Who Pays? Tolls, ‘Lexus Lanes’, and ‘Sin Taxes’

I prefer the gas tax to tolls. While the gasoline tax is also essentially a ‘user fee’, at least it is somewhat fair — people who drive larger vehicles — trucks, RVs, and SUVs — (not to mention dump trucks … Continue reading

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Synthetic or Standard – Choosing the Proper Engine Oil

Any oil that meets or exceeds the mfr’s requirements for weight (i.e. “5W30”) and API grade (“SJ”, “SH”, etc) is fine. These days it seems most cars fall apart before the engine blows up. All the oil mfrs try to differentiate … Continue reading

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RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us (Video Animation)

Here’s an interesting video illustration about what motivates people.

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Charitable Giving Evaluation Websites

The BBB (, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator are valuable sources of information about charitable organizations. Keep in mind that just because a charity does not meet all the requirements does not necessarily mean that they are a rip-off or inefficient, … Continue reading

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