Re “California’s roads need costly repair” (Opinions, Feb. 9): Dan Walters column indicates that he is but a neophyte when it comes to assessing highways in our state. I have been traversing these byways since I first stepped off the train in 1947. We have a massive and impressive stream of concrete that manages to move traffic in support of the eighth largest economy in the world. (Larger than Russia or Italy.) It is expensive to build and maintain, as is any utility that gets daily use.
As the population of the state pushes toward the 50-million mark, we need mass transportation in every form – including high-speed rail. How this fact escapes Walters is troubling.
Walters quotes Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins as saying highways are, “a key part of fixing the future.” He left out the part where the sky is blue and the earth is round.
Gene Richards, Modesto