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To the Editor: Esko-area sewer line condition indicative of nationwide crisis

To the Editor:

The recent discovery that substantial sections of the main sewer line between Cloquet and Duluth are in poor condition and in need of repair forces residents, businesses and local officials to clean up the mess and endure significant expense as our leaders in Washington continue to forsake their responsibility to invest in the nation's infrastructure in a long-term, sustainable manner ("Sewer main repair may hit $6 million," Pine Journal Sept. 8).

A strong federal role in partnership with state and local entities is a necessary component to building and maintaining the United States' infrastructure system. Every day there are numerous examples of structurally deficient bridges, dams and levees and inadequate roads, airports and pipes. Time is wasted in traffic or sitting on an overcrowded runway. Clean water is squandered and roads flooded as water mains break. Quality of life and safety are jeopardized.

Our infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy. It impacts our quality of life, the competitiveness of our businesses, and the safety and security of our country. Minnesotans and the rest of the country deserve world-class infrastructure and further delay in Washington is unacceptable.

Brian P. McGuire

President & CEO Associated Equipment Distributors

Schaumburg, Ill.

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