Regarding the lack of landscaping on the new crosstown freeway: It may be a blessing ("Parkway's landscaping takes back seat to road construction," May 7). We have overgrown, weed-filled, unkempt landscaping on the three existing freeways through Bakersfield now. Unless, or until, we can afford to landscape with cement and rock work, the barren dirt may be easier to maintain.

Doris A. Winham

Bakersfield