Will FairTax popularity get notice in D.C.?

Momentum continues to grow for Rep. John Linder's FairTax. Years ago, success for Linder's idea of dismantling the Internal Revenue Service and replacing it with a 23 percent sales tax seemed remote at best.

Everybody seems to be on board, citizens and politicians alike. In fact, it is hard to find anyone who isn't warm on the idea. Despite its popularity, the FairTax fails to gain momentum in Washington.

Now, thanks to syndicated radio talk show host Neal Boortz of WSB, the FairTax is front and center. Boortz and Linder co-authored "The FairTax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS." Since the book's debut, the duo has been out promoting it - and garnering a lot of public attention.

If you need convincing, check out www.fairtax.org, or go buy the book.

The task of changing America's tax structure is no less formidable today than it was when Linder first introduced House Resolution 25 six years ago. To dismantle the behemoth IRS is akin to raising the Titanic - both have been mired for generations.

And this, despite FairTax popularity from sea to shining sea, is why it can't get off the ground in D.C. Maybe the book will get things rolling. We can only hope.

Please keep the path clear

We won't give up on a cross-county connector road along the path of the defunct Northern Arc highway project.

Every day, more cars clog our commute. Wouldn't it be nice if we could spread that traffic out among more roads?

As Gwinnett continues to grow, the connector is our last chance for a major east-west thoroughfare. Development along the trail diminishes the road's chances. In particular, the city of Dacula seems bent on blocking the road with retail and residential construction.

Gwinnett County intends to talk with Dacula's decision-makers seeking some compromise that would benefit all parties involved: the city, the county and the landowners. Condemnation of the land is always a possibility, but such action could end up in the courtroom. A much better solution would be a voluntary preservation of the empty portions of the path until it's time for the road to be built.

When that will happen remains unclear. Former Gov. Roy Barnes' support for the Northern Arc cost him votes from those who live along the corridor. Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charles Bannister isn't about to make the same mistake; he supports an east-west road, but not necessarily one along the Arc's path. Meanwhile, county transportation officials know the right thing to do is to leave us the option of a major east-west road and that the best place for it is along this strip of mostly undeveloped land.

We hope city officials agree. After all, their citizens need the road, too.

Transportation funds

Did you every think you would see the day? $3 can buy:

a) one gallon of gas, or

b) two shares of Delta Airlines stock.