Monthly Archives: September 2011

2012 Mazda Miata: The Perfect Car?

The Mazda Miata is – apparently  – the perfect car. Or at the very least, an ageless and endlessly appealing car. It is still selling well, despite no major changes in several years – and despite being not much different, really, in 2012 than it was waaaaay back in 1989 when the first one rolled…

The Skirmish on Drugs

By Fred Reed September 25, 2011 I see that I may have to take over drug policy for the United States. Maybe not, though. I’ll hold off if I get a call from Michelle Leonhart, who runs the Drug Enforcement Administration, asking me how she ought to do her job, and what she ought to…

What Could We Do?

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I’ve had numerous responses to articles I’ve written asking me, “Ok, so what’s the next step?” I respect your intelligence, so I won’t say … voting. We have about as much real choice at the ballot box as a condemned prisoner has when offered the option of being gassed – or hung.  It will not…

GM is Watching You…

I have never liked GM’s OnStar system – in part because I don’t like the idea of my car that I paid for having someone else’s “black box” recording (and transmitting) data about how I drive, where I drive and even when I drive. I also don’t like that GM force-feeds OnStar to every buyer…

Winter Driving Survival Tips

Yeah, it’s almost that time of year again. In a matter of weeks, it’s gonna be cold. And a few more weeks after that, it’s gonna start snowing, sleeting and freezing. Maybe it already is snowing where you are. Are you ready? After years of dealing with winter in the Northeast – and dealing with…

What to Look for in a Drive it Forever Car

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Some people like to clip coupons – I like to shave my car ownership costs to the bone. Note that I didn’t say car buying costs. Because that’s only half the equation. It does you no good if the inexpensive car you bought ends up costing you a lot of money to drive. Sometimes, people…

2012 Acura MDX: 2013 is a Long Way Off

Before the tsunami hit Japan earlier this year, the expectation was that Acura was going to release an all-new MDX in early 2012 – maybe even late 2011. Now it appears that the next redesign won’t see daylight  until next summer/fall, when it will debut as a 2013 model. So the 2012 MDX will soldier…

Left on Red

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Well, why not? If the way is obviously clear in both directions, if it’s obviously safe to enter the intersection, make your turn and proceed. . . why not proceed? Because of The Law. It is (usually) illegal to make a left turn on red. Sometimes, a right turn, too. But why is it illegal?…