We, the public, were informed through the news media that if the freeway construction project is completed on schedule, a bonus of $25 million will be awarded to the construction company. If it doesn't stay on schedule, we the taxpayers, as their employer, should be able to fire it and hire another company.

Would a privately owned company stay in business long if it only tried to keep a schedule? At approximately $20 an hour wages (plus benefits) there should be enough laborers who would be grateful to be employed and who would finish the job on schedule - without a bonus, that they will probably not benefit from anyway.Has the motto "An honest day's work for an honest day's pay" gone the way of the dinosaurs?

But, of course, Gov. Leavitt has unlimited funds because he believes that we the taxpayers have bottomless pockets.

Connie J. Bridge