Coast to coast, airline travel beats jockeying with 18-wheelers over mountain passes. But for many shorter journeys, dread of driving of driving can be as irrational as fear of flying.
The feats of pilots like Chesley Sullenberger and United Airlines' Al Haynes remind us of the value of training and experience. But relying on superlative skills isn't enough. Bertolt Brecht's Galileo put it well: "Unhappy is the land that needs a hero."
Who really started the Cash for Clunkers concept? Why, those magnificent men and their sewing machines, the exuberant failed actor Isaac Merritt Singer (above) and his crafty lawyer partner Edward Clark, whose mutual enmity did not keep them from inventing much of modern consumer durable-goods marketing.