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Bring Back T-Tops!

Posted on September 1st, 2014 in , | No Comments »

Bring Back T Tops!
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Some things — bell bottom corduroys, for instance — will never make a comeback. Well, hopefully. But I’d really like to see a new car with T-tops again.

Remember T-tops? Read the rest of this article »


2015 Cadillac Escalade Review

Posted on August 29th, 2014 in , | No Comments »

2015 Cadillac Escalade Review
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Cadillac may be having trouble selling its ELR electric car — but no such worries selling its anti-matter opposite, the Escalade.

It’s not hard to understand why. The ELR is very expensive (over $75k to start) but very slow. It realistically seats only two. And it doesn’t go very far on its batteries. Read the rest of this article »


NMA Reboot: Fastest Toll Road Failing Financially

Posted on August 28th, 2014 in , , , , , | 1 Comment »

NMA Reboot: Fastest Toll Road Failing Financially
This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Editor’s Note: Texas’ flagship toll road, SH 130, made news in 2012 for having a posted speed limit of 85 mph, the fastest of any road in the United States. The private operator of the road, SH 130 Concession Co., hoped the high speed would appeal to drivers, but two years in, the company is facing financial difficulties, low traffic volumes and “junk bond” ratings from financial analysts. A default would leave the Texas Department of Transportation with the choice to either operate the roadway on its own or to contract with another operator. Along with the financial risks toll roads and other Public Private Partnerships foist on the public, the other noteworthy part of this story is how the road got its speed limit in the first place. Read Jim Baxter’s account here, in which he sums up the abuses associated with PPPs and why they’re not in drivers’ or taxpayers’ interests. Read the rest of this article »


TheNewspaper.com Roundup: August 27, 2014

Posted on August 27th, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Texas To Vote On Toll-Free Road Funding Amendment
Voters in Texas will decide on November 4 whether they want highway funds to go only to general purpose roads and not to bicycle paths and infrastructure for foreign-owned tolling companies. Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry announced last week that Proposition 1 had qualified for the ballot.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Kentucky: Lawsuit Restored Against Cop Caught Lying About Traffic Stop
Videotape proved essential for Freddie Gregory, a motorist falsely accused of traffic violations by a high-ranking Kentucky State Police trooper. The US Court of Appeals on Friday allowed Gregory to pursue false arrest charges against Lieutenant Phillip Burnett. Read the rest of this article »


The Good Old Days of Speed Limits

Posted on August 26th, 2014 in , , , | 1 Comment »

The Good Old Days of Speed Limits
By John Carr, NMA Massachusetts Activist

Remember when towns wanted speed limits set for safety? Not me. I’m not that old. But they used to. Read the rest of this article »





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