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Healthy dams are an essential piece of our everyday lives. Per DCR, they support water supply, irrigation, recreation, hydropower, fish and wildlife habitat, and flood reduction systems. But far too many of Virginia’s structures don’t meet that “healthy” bar.

It is not enough to end the Muslim ban. We must also halt all racist practices used by the security establishment, from entrapment and surveillance to preemptive prosecution and invest in infrastructure in all of the war-torn countries impacted by the United States.

On Aug. 24, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in advancing a $3.5 trillion infrastructure proposal that would greatly improve the lives of the people in Appalachia. This proposal is a long-awaited answer to our prayers.

The emergence of a bipartisan infrastructure deal in Washington was rightfully lauded as potentially addressing long-neglected needs around the country. But the divisions between Democrats and Republicans are so great it’s unlikely this is the dawn of a new era of cooperation.

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