March 9th, 2009
10:27 PM ET

A Tax on Bikes?

It's hard to believe, but Oregonian officials are considering a new bill to tax people who ride bikes.  Call it a way to fund bike lanes; call it a sign of tough economic times...  But don't call it likely to become law without a fight:  There are too many people who enjoy riding their bikes for free, and it would be tough to get them to agree to a $54 charge to pedal.

Now you probably don't need to worry about this even if it does pass.  It would only apply to Oregonians ages 18 and older who ride on highways.  So if you're taking back roads or bike paths to school, you wouldn't need the sticker.

But it still makes you think about some of the ideas that lawmakers come up with to pay for projects.  You usually have to pay tax when you buy a bike.  Would you be willing to pay an additional tax, if doing so meant safer roads and better bike lanes?  Or do you like the way things are, with riding tax-free?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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March 9th, 2009
05:25 PM ET

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

We're dedicating a big chunk of Tuesday's show to the issue of embryonic stem cell research. President Barack Obama overturned President George W. Bush's policy that limited the amount of government money for that type of research.

Some researchers want to use embryonic stem cells because they have the potential to transform into any type of cell in the human body. Research supporters believe these cells might be used to replace diseased and damaged cells, possibly treating or curing an unknown number of diseases, possibly saving lives. The downside: The act of getting these stem cells destroys the embryo. Critics say that this is an unnecessary loss of life and that research using adult stem cells is less controversial and just as promising.

As the debate rages on Capitol Hill, scientists could eventually have access to additional government money to engage in embryonic stem cell research. Should they? What do you think?

John Martin, CNNSN Curriculum Writer

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