Patricia Keightley’s argument [letters, Aug. 25] that Virginia should put its budget surplus to work on its roads sounds good, and most of us would agree that Virginia roads could use some work. Noting, however, that having a budget surplus has political implications, I offer the following questions: Where did the surplus come from? What went unfunded or ignored to help create it?

It has been my observation that politicians often steal from Peter to pay Paul and cover up or put off something that will become the problem of the next administration so that they will look good. Some unfunded responsibilities that I have seen over the years have included such things as bridge maintenance and retirement obligations. I may be wrong in this case, but I am suspicious by nature when it comes to politicians.

James Kirkland Sr., Lusby