If he were still with us, Buck Owens would be appalled at the condition of some of the streets of Bakersfield he sang about so lovingly. Driving around town trying to avoid ruts and bumps makes me wonder why the city has gotten itself into the dilemma of using taxpayer money to build a freeway nobody seems to want, except Caltrans, and will virtually destroy the very nice, established Westpark neighborhood.

The City Council has gone on record several times in opposition to this route alternative. So why is this happening? Is it because part of the money is there as a federal grant waiting to be spent? Why not spend it on city streets where it is needed most and forget bulldozing through Westpark?

Mary K. Shell