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Short takes for Dec. 27

December 27, 2013

On call for the holidays Thumbs up: The Balaton Fire Department responded to a chimney fire in Balaton on Christmas Day, which reminded us to send a special thank-you to all area fire departments,......

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Dec-28-13 11:41 AM

There are significant costs associated with bike lanes, trails, signage, etc. Why not let the bikers pay for part of these costs?

You also forget that there are many that can't ride bikes due to physical problems.

Did you ever have to work near someone who rides their bike to work and stinks all day long?

Don't see many bike riders for six months in MN.

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Dec-29-13 8:07 PM

I'm going to have to agree with al on this.

On that same mindset, it has come to my attention that no matter where I drive, I only drive on the right side of the road. Therefore, I'm paying twice as much as I should for highway maintenance. Time to contact my legislators!

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Jan-02-14 9:53 AM

Its just another group that expects a "free" ride. Like the group that thought electricity was "penny cheap". Funny how many people were fooled.

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Jan-07-14 9:30 AM

You've heard the phrase There's an app for that - well the new one is There's a tax for that.

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Jan-07-14 1:22 PM

Why not have sales tax on bikes or bike use? Why not try to associate the fee more directly with the use? That should help generate revenue for more or better quality bike trail development and maintenance.

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Jan-07-14 7:48 PM

Are we confusing bike trails with the bike lanes that the city chose to designate?

As far as I know, the trails in town are for biking and walking, so why would you want to tax one and no one else?

The bike lanes (ridiculous) seem to have required a bit of striping to allow them room. Is this the expense that you're trying to recoup?

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Jan-07-14 7:58 PM

I think that we get a whole lot in terms of power and dependability with electricity.

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Jan-08-14 12:19 PM

The idea of taxing bike riders is absurd. Over 99% of those buying bicycles already pay the same taxes used to fund the cost of creating and maintaining bike lanes and bike trails. If bike riders should pay an additional “use” tax then too should those who also walk on the sidewalks and bike trails. Although in some areas of town the bike lane markings are somewhat convoluted, they do serve a useful purpose by defining the road space for cars and bikes.

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Jan-09-14 1:48 PM

The idea of taxing us for the Obamacare program is even more absurd but you support that, hartman.

If a service that you use is free, then you are for it. If a service you don't use or need is paid for by taxes, then you are against it.

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Jan-10-14 10:49 AM

rangeral, have you not learned by now that nothing is "free"?

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Jan-12-14 12:08 PM

Reading your hilarious comments is free.

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Jan-14-14 7:30 PM

First, are farmers paying all the taxes on their fuel when they drive through Marshall or on any roads? Second, I see the city plowing the bike trail in the winter. Really? In that aspect, there should be a tax on bicycles. Third, Al, some people just stink because they don't shower enough or use deodorant. I hope you work next to me tonight!

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