doing the math

There is an intersection near my house through which I have passed hundreds of times. When we moved to Florida in 1983, we passed through this light to get to nearly everything we could want: movies, food, the drug store, tennis lessons. Over time, the roads intersecting at this stoplight were widened, so that it is now an asphalt behemoth rising out of the flat land, seven lanes across on every side.

At any given red light, approximately 4 out of every 10 cars is an SUV. Tacked onto one of the tall wooden lightposts on the right side of the westbound lanes is a “BUSH/CHENEY ’04” sign. Below that is a sign that reads “10 OUT OF 10 TERRORISTS SUPPORT JOHN KERRY.”

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