Basketball season preview

Though the weather outside is far too delightful to be considered winter, action on the hard court is ramping up for the 2014-15 basketball season. With teams playing their first games this week, action for the four Madison County high schools is sure to impress. Each area coach was asked to provide his or her outlook for this season. Here is a look at some of the local talent who will try to get the job done in the 2014-15 basketball campaign.

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One Response to Basketball season preview

  1. Darlene Tussing, 7 Aster Lane; Sheridan MT 59749; 406.860.6121 says:

    Dear Editor,

    This letter is in response to the letter from Ken Holbrock that was published in the January 27th issue of the Madisonian that cyclists should pay extra taxes for wider lanes.

    First of all, bicycles are considered a part of the total transportation system just as automobiles, buses, trucks, pedestrians and farm or construction machinery and have the same rights to use the public transportation infrastructure. Cyclists, like every other citizen, pay their share of taxes through income and property taxes or rent that goes to their landlord towards property taxes just as any other motor vehicle operator. The majority of bikers also drive a motor vehicle for trips that they cannot conduct on their bicycles so they also contribute to the gas tax base. In a research study conducted by the University of Montana on cycling tourists, it was found that 44% of these bikers were employed, 36% were retired, 20% were business owners, student or homemakers. 56% of the cyclists had median household incomes of $75,000 to $150,000 per year and 10% earned over $200,000 per year.

    In the current allocation of transportation funds that all of us pay, $77.50 goes for roads, $21 for transit and $1.50 towards biking and walking. It should be noted that a third of the population does not drive a motor vehicle. The average driver traveling 10,000 miles each year contributes $324 in taxes and direct fees. However, the cost to the public, including direct and external costs is $3,360. An exclusive biker may travel 3,000 miles per year and contributes $300 annually in taxes and costs. The public pays $36 for this infrastructure which is a savings of $264 compared to the motor vehicle that costs the public $3,360. To balance the road budget, in comparing bikers to motor vehicle drivers, we would need 12 people commuting by bike for each one person who commutes by motor vehicle.

    Half of all car trips on an average across the country are within 20 minutes of a bike ride. One quarter of all car trips are within 20 minutes of a walk. Biking and walking provide exercise which helps to reduce chronic disease from sedentary life styles. Chronic disease costs our society $235 billion dollars a year and is responsible for spiraling healthcare costs in America. Since State and Federal governments pay 44% of health care costs, the additional potential taxpaper savings is huge.

    It seems to me there is a real inequity here and it isn’t that bicyclists are not paying their fair share. In fact, it appears to me that more funds in the transportation package should be used for biking and walking infrastructure and if more people would use active transportation for some of their shorter errands, we would all benefit from the savings.

    Darlene Tussing
    Rural Laurin

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