I agree with the letter by Bill Dietrich confirming the terrible road conditions in Illinois. It is also true throughout the U.S.
But adding a global perspective: European infrastructure investment is based on their current $6-$8 per gallon retail gas cost, in spite of the price of oil dropping from $100 to $55 per barrel. In the U.S., CAFÉ fuel efficiency standards and $2 per gallon gas have decimated funding for highways.
And Saudi Arabia is proud of its strategy of low oil pricing by oversupply, intended to drive out of business the new U.S. oil producers. That would return us to OPEC monopoly pricing, which in 2008 was $140 per barrel.
It is sad to watch our politicians' pride in low gas prices, when they are missing another golden opportunity to start to solve our road problems. But the too good to be true gas pricing has the potential of returning us to Middle East energy dependency, while exacerbating our crumbling roads and infrastructure.
Thanks to our do nothing Congress with a 92 percent voter disapproval rating. Anybody else for term limits?
Richard A. Brown