Infrastructure is not eternal. It needs maintenance, and a policy promoting infrastructure can be unifying. The president wants (perhaps) to unify the country by building a wall along the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico. That would not work on boat people, who might avail themselves to the 10,000-plus mile coastline; and some people do not consider the border wall to be worthwhile.

A new border policy, backed up with new technical surveillance, would be an improvement.

But the nation desperately needs local and national maintenance rebuilding a lot of infrastructure — sewers, water systems, bridges, roads and such.

The country could be unified by a push to rebuild the infrastructure (the works of earlier stewards, such as President Eisenhower), wherever needed, from coast to coast. Everyone would be cheering Congress and the president.

Susan and Ron Dorman, Bethel