George Jetson didn’t face pollution problems
Timothy Taylor imagines a future with driverless cars but makes no mention of the elephant in the room, namely that the age of cheap, abundant fossil fuels is coming to an end (“Not even George Jetson had this,” March 17). That means the age of automobile transport is also coming to an end.
Rather than wasting time and energy on schemes that would prolong our reliance on cars and trucks and the enormous infrastructure they depend upon, we should be investing in mass transit, walkable and bikeable cities, and new technologies that don’t require massive inputs of nonrenewable energy.
KURT SEABERG, Minneapolis
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Driverless cars? Do you mean where you are just a passenger? That’s called the bus.
GREG REYNOLDS, Delano
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We already have a large number of driverless cars in use today. The drivers are texting.
JOHN KONRATH, Waverly, Minn.
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State wouldn’t lose its edge with higher taxes
I am so sick of the argument included in the editorial opposing Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal for a tax increase on married couples with $250,000 in taxable income (“State still needs sales tax reform,” March 15). The Editorial Board claims that such a policy would diminish the state’s competitive advantage, but there is no evidence to support that.
What can be documented is that all businesses would benefit from the public infrastructure that needs to be upgraded and paid for. That’s what the governor is trying to do with increased investments in education, health care, transportation and other needs that have been neglected for so long. States that make these investments will attract businesses in the future. It’s time to move ahead and support the governor’s proposal.
GENE MARTINEZ, Inver Grove Heights
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