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Letter to the Editor

If not Trump, what?

Invest for a stronger U.S. economy

Columnist David Brooks suggests that we are at a significant moment in history and that we will be judged by how we respond. As a former state legislator, I believe we must come together as a state and nation to make our country great again.

Brooks posits a recommitment to investing in something we can rally around. He suggests ". . . solidarity can be rekindled nationally. Over the course of American history, national projects like the railroad legislation, the WPA and the NASA project have bound this diverse nation."

Just as President Dwight D. Eisenhower had the wisdom to call for a national interstate highway system, I believe we must renew our commitment to invest in our nation's infrastructure. No one can argue that every citizen has not been touched by it - if not directly as a motorist, then indirectly - because every item we buy has been on the interstate system at some point.

Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has talked about the necessity of infrastructure investments. For us in Florida the impacts are clear: When 20 million Floridians and 100 million tourists are stuck in traffic, wasting more than $600 a year in time and fuel, the solution is simple and cost effective.

Ponder this, as we celebrate Infrastructure Week: A 10-cent increase in the cost of a gallon of gasoline will cost the average driver about $75 a year if driven 15,000 miles a year. Do the math: 15,000 miles divided by 20 miles per gallon equals 750 gallons times 10 cents equals $75. The better the gas mileage, the lower the annual cost.

Together, through a small investment, we can improve our infrastructure, expand our economy and create jobs.

--Donald R. Crane Jr., St. Petersburg

Source: Tampa Bay Times, Opinion Page