Kudos to Andrew Hesser for his June 19 letter, "Inappropriate expense." Realigning streets and timing traffic signals are desirable if they can be paid for by the affected municipalities and are deemed of sufficient importance. If not, why do we allow the state, which cannot adequately fund education within a mandated balanced budget, to pay for these improvements? Oh, that's right, the state is just passing on funds from the federal government that borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends.
So a city that doesn't place these changes in high priority takes money from a state that has trouble balancing its budget with help from a federal government that doesn't even attempt to balance its budget because it can pass the debt on to future taxpayers -- I'm just saying.
Ken Jordan, Richland