I am very much an "endurer" right to the end of the incessant construction, or so I thought. I was ready to sit out the storm for the wonderful calm it promised. But when they said four years of construction, no one knew that they meant four years of construction that would stop the city in its "trax," making the downtown area and the freeway into a scene from CNN's coverage of Sarajevo.

I am not an idiot. Well, not most of the time. I have done everything within my power to alleviate the situation, including moving closer to downtown, not taking the freeway within Salt Lake's city limits and biking around downtown. I have even car pooled. I can't do it anymore. I am so close to pulling out a semiautomatic and blowing the head off the next person who doesn't read lane change signs or slows down to look at the temple as they drive by. I now understand road rage. If you see a short brunette woman on the news chained to a piece of construction equipment screaming absurdities, it's me. It's only a matter of time.I was ready to buckle down and deal with this, but it is just too much at once. No one can get anywhere, businesses are devastated, people have lost their companies' profits and their homes, the dust is so thick that I can barely breathe on some days and forget about wearing contact lenses outside. It is a joke. No offramps, no surface streets, one-lane roads, no north/south travel in downtown, no crosswalks, and when it's all done, no cars going downtown and a beautiful train with no passengers. Will someone please tell me why we are doing this? Oh yes, the Olympics. We mustn't let the world think that Utah is backward and unorganized.

Laquetta Carpenter

Salt Lake City