Driving Revenue To The Bottom Line

Recently I was driving to work on a Saturday morning and was picked up for speeding. It was one of those areas where you are merging and coming down a hill at the same time. I was in the passing lane and a guy on a motorcycle passed me on the right, and at the foot of the hill a very polite police officer motioned me over to the median. It’s the first speeding ticket I’ve had in a long time — maybe more than a decade.

I don’t doubt that I was driving faster than 65 mph — pretty much everybody does on that stretch of road — but I don’t think I was going as fast as the officer said her radar gun indicated. I’ve noticed many more police of all kinds on our highways, both local police and the Ohio Highway Patrol, and it has made me wonder if our local and state governments don’t consider speeding tickets to be a good and largely untapped source of revenue. Any policeman who goes out on I-270 or 161 is going to catch some speeders, and the speeding fines are set up so that the faster you go, the more you pay. Why not position yourself at the bottom of a hill, and help your employer generate some much-needed revenue?

The Long, Cool Summer

Our summer in Columbus has been delightful so far — cool, crisp mornings and days that, for the most part, have stayed in the 70s and low 80s. We’ve managed to avoid the kind of stifling, muggy weather that you would expect to find in the midwest in the middle of July. This weather data for Columbus for July confirms this perception and shows that, for the most part, our high temperatures and our low temperatures have stayed below, and in some cases well below, the average temperatures for this time of year. It makes taking the morning walk with Penny a very pleasant experience.

I understand that the theory of global warming does not hold that the temperature every day, in every part of the world, will be higher than the historical average and constantly increasing. Still, it is hard to accept the concept of increasing global temperatures that require draconian changes in our activities when our summer nights are in the 50s and people dining outside are wearing light sweaters to stay warm.