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Fuel costs, consumption key in state of economy

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The economic situation in this country is not the fault of one person or political party. It is the domino effect of the people not paying attention to the warnings from some of us who grew up in a depression.



In the early days of the Reagan administration, it was advised that for starters we had to get the national average of motor vehicles on fuel up to 30 miles per gallon. That has not been done. A recent news article stated that far too many of the popular SUVs did not consistently get 20 miles per gallon.



These tests were driven by experienced test drivers. Yes, some probably did get 24 or slightly over but on their highway test their drivers were probably going 75 to 80 miles per hour.



On a recent trip into Kansas City, far too many vehicles passed me while I drove close to the posted 70 mph. In several trips to Higginsville on I-70 from U.S. 65 west to State Highway 13, far too many vehicles passed the one I was riding in that was going between 65 and 70 mph.



Some time ago, a major news report used police department radar data from Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia. The average speed was close to 80 miles per hour. That translated into an average of 10 percent increase in fuel use.



We have 100 million people in our work force. A large number of them use their own transportation to and from their job. Why was the federal 55 mph speed limit abolished?



Next, why isnít the present limit enforced like it should be?



Rudolph Kohrs



Retired, Lincoln


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