Mr. Hibbert: This isn't a news item.
Mr. Stolyarov: But this is an "interesting link," which I posted under the category, "News & Interesting Links."
To Mr. Bertelsen: I am not exaggerating the advantages of private enterprise in terms of road quality.
As a matter of fact, I recently received an interesting tidbit of information from one, Mr. Darryl Forester, which I post here with his permission.
"Quite some time ago, I watched a piece on TV about research done at a state prison, in Albany, NY, I believe, which fund that addition of fly-ash from the burning of coal, when used in proper combination with cement, yielded a product that was nearly indestructible for road surfaces, if the road-bed was of proper construction."
Our technology today is indeed superior to that of the Romans, so why do Roman roads last millennia, and ours do not? Technology must not be the issue here; we have the technology to build roads that deteriorate negligibly.
To Mr. DeSalvo: What you recommend as an extension of the scope of this article might be interesting to explore. I had, however, conceived the article as one that might fit typical SOLO guidelines of length. Since this will no longer be a problem for me, I shall be at liberty to write as extensively on the subject in the future as I see fit.
As for your meeting suggestion, it certainly is an interesting idea. My current workload is very large, however. Perhaps we could arrange for a meeting sometime around the Christmas season, when I anticipate having fewer engagements. (I live at a fair distance from Oak Park, in Northbrook, so the trip I would have to make would be a substantial one.)
G. Stolyarov II
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