By Al Vinikour
Most of the country has had a pretty severe winter (except Miami) and usually about this time several events occur. The first is a joyous one for tire shops who are so swamped with business because of damaged or ruined tires that bad roads have caused for their customers; or state legislators and governors are crying crocodile tears over how poor their roads are and how much repairing it’s going to take to update our infrastructure. Generally there’s a call for a “special tax” to be used for road repair only.” I’m surprised that Quincy Jones hasn’t gathered another group of his recording industry friends like he did for “We are the world” and do the same thing for highway taxes. Put into song it would be something, “We are the roads, we are the highways, we are the pot-holed tire eating lanes you have to travel…” I can just see Diana Ross (I mean MISS Ross) swaying back and forth with a film clip of a Pirelli low-profile all-weather tire being blown up from hitting a pothole in the road, the driver losing control and the Jaguar XL-S careening into the on-coming lane where it’s hit by an 18-wheel Freightliner towing a 53-ft. trailer, killing all aboard including the driver of the rig. But…I digress.