Congratulations to last week's winners: Cindy Adams, Rikke Jeppesen, Yen Phan, Susan Szemeredi, and Stephen Thorsett.
Please note: Even if you've won a mug, we welcome your votes and comments.
Responses to last week's question: Currents readers overwhelmingly felt that President Bush's proposed tax cut would not be a "cure" for a slowing economy. The response was 1 yes, 20 no, and 1 unsure. A sampling of readers' views follows.
On the yes side:
"The only way to kick start the economy is to allow people to keep more of the money they have earned."
On the no side:
"The proposed tax cuts are a drop in the bucket when viewed in context and are nothing but a power play to benefit wealthy supporters."
"These tax cuts, which would disproportionately benefit the wealthy and very wealthy, are more tangible evidence that Bush will put the interests of this nation's elite far ahead of the needs of the average citizen."
"There is no policy panacea. If I learned anything from Professor David E. Kahn's intro to macro class, it's that fiscal policy is often a slow means of affecting the economy (if it we admit it affects the economy at all). Lower taxes will not result in increased consumer confidence or replacement of the over-inflated market bubble known popularly as dot coms."
"It sounds good. More money in my pocket, but I'd probably use it to pay bills."
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topic that's been in the news, is of general interest, or has been suggested
by our readers. You have a chance to "weigh in" with a simple "yes," "no,"
or "unsure," or you may elaborate if you like. Responses are due by Friday
at 8 a.m.
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This week's question: As we do every spring, this weekend we moved our clocks ahead an hour to change to daylight-saving time. Do you think changing the time forward each spring and back each fall is still a good idea?
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