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Coming Thursday: Polluters’ tax, vaccine-autism link

Post by Kim Bradford on Feb. 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
February 11, 2010 4:46 pm

Here’s what we’re planning for tomorrow:

A proposed polluters’ tax is a good idea gone bad. Communities need money to deal with stormwater runoff, and a case can be made for taxing those who make and use the products that cause pollution. But diverting the bulk of the tax to the general fund to help cover shortfalls in other programs portends mischief.

A paper published in a prominent British medical journal triggered a wave of anxiety among parents about vaccinating their children, fearing it would increase the risk of autism. The research has been repudiated, but unfortunately the damage has been done.

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