Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Tailpipes and Talk Radio

Yesterday, Travis and Williamson counties voted to require emissions tests during annual car inspections.

Too bad the people of Austin and Georgetown and Round Rock don't have local Talk Radio. If they did, I believe citizens would have taken a stronger hand in the issue.

In San Antonio, where all of us have an open mike on local issues, we had a pretty good community discussion of the pros and cons of tailpipe tests. With all the facts known, our elected leaders decided they aren't worth the time or money.

As you remember, our bureaucrats were in love with the idea of expensive car inspections with tailpipe tests, right up until the end. Then, public opinion finally prevailed, and the local wazoos voted no.

But to our north, without Talk Radio for their local issues, the people of Travis and Williamson counties just got turned into Clean Air Plan roadkill by their own bureaucrats.

It won't be long before their inspections will cost at least $20 more, and the only result will be a fatter bureaucracy feeding on that cash. The track record nationwide shows that their air certainly won't become cleaner.

Brad Messer Commentary, KTSA.

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