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The hybrid privilege: Prime parking spots

   Tax breaks, incentives, HOV lanes. Hybrid owners have gotten the VIP treatment. Now RexCorp, a real estate developer on Long Island, N.Y., has joined some others in reserving prime parking spaces at its office buildings for hybrid cars, according to a recent story in Newsday.

   A RexCorp exec says it "sends the right message." Not everyone agrees, of course.

   Discrimination, some will yell. I have no gripe with rewarding the green-inclined. So long as RexCorp is ready to give the hybrids the boot when someone, some day, drives in with a plug-in electric.

   And then boot the plug-ins when the first fuel-cell cars arrive.

   What do you think? Hybrid owners deserve special attention?


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