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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that got on the bus to ride to work for National Dump the Pump Day.Yep, we’d like to report that the buses, great venues for social interaction, are running smooth as ever:Frisco – In response to rising gas prices, the Summit Stage announced today that it will participate in National Dump the Pump Day on June 8 to encourage residents to leave their vehicles at home and use public transit.The Summit Stage will join with other public transportation systems throughout the country to demonstrate that public transit offers the quickest, easiest alternative to the high cost of driving. National Dump the Pump Day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), a non-profit association of more than 1,600 member organizations, including almost 400 public-transit agencies.”With gasoline prices at record levels, many Americans are finding that mobility is becoming unaffordable,” said John Jones, Transit Director. “Public transit is the quickest way to beat high gas prices.”After housing, transportation is the second highest cost for American families, outpacing both food and healthcare costs. Since January 2003, gas prices have increased by 100 percent.”By using public transportation on a regular basis, a person can save between $300 and $3,000 in fuel costs per year, those savings could be used for necessities such as food and medicine, to help pay a student loan, or make the dream of a family vacation a reality,” Jones said. “National Dump the Pump Day on June 8 will highlight that by using public transit, people can beat high gas prices, help reduce traffic congestion and assist our country in beating our oil addiction.”***When we tire of the ancient Greeks, we switch to The Simpsons for a dose of more down-to-earth philosophy, and Sunday night we watched the episode that spoofed the whole stadium naming-rights craze that, in our humble opinion, has really been a bad deal for sports and sports fans. We liked it better when stadium names said something about their location or about the people involved with the history of the teams: Three Rivers Stadium, Ebbets Field, etc. We find nothing romantic or meaningful about naming a stadium after the highest bidder, but we suppose it’s a sign-o-the-times. But what we really liked about the Sunday night Simpsons was the little riff on local governments. It was just a short visual, so you might have missed it if you were away at the fridge grabbing a cold one, but we’ll rehash it here for your edification. As the residents of Springfield gathered to hear their elected leaders discuss the stadium deal, a small sign on the town hall said, “Come for the agenda, stay for the addenda …”We think this would make a great slogan for some of our local towns and we hope to speak up during citizen comments one of these days and plant that seed of an idea. It’s catchy, and who knows, might help get more people involved in local government discussions.***In other tidbit news, a Massachusetts company is launching its own private radio network to be piped into school buses. The company, Bus Radio, claims the radio station “will take targeted student marketing to the next level.”***We out, greasing our chains for National Bike to Work Day, coming up on June 28th.


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