I was in California in 1942 when it took two hours to drive from Long Beach to Hollywood. In the 1960s when they had freeways and still had a state speed limit of 55 mph. Everyone drove 80.

Now I live in Utah where the number of cars is at least four times that of the 1970s. If I am in Salt Lake City and want to drive to Centerville between 4 and 6 p.m., I can plan on an hour. I burn an hour's fuel to go the 12 miles.

It seems like plain arithmetic. You can't move half a million cars over our crowded freeways at 55 miles an hour. People who have worked all day long are not interested in leisurely driving home and enjoying the scenery.

Ken Nessen