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Gazette opinion: Now’s the time to rebuild and re-employ

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Obviously, infrastructure is more than roads and bridges. We need broadband across the rural areas of this country to bridge the digital divide — something that’s of critical importance in Montana and other Western states in particular.

It’s well-known that many of this country’s dams are in precarious condition, creating many safety hazards. Our national parks and other public lands have big deferred maintenance backlogs.

There’s no need to get fancy and wasteful. We’re not talking about bullet trains and hyperloops. But it would be good to refurbish our national rail network, increase passenger mobility and support safety improvements — like positive train control — that have been long-deferred, to our great detriment.

 

By THE BILLINGS GAZETTE EDITORIAL BOARD

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