Pipeline debate needs touch more rationality

To the Editor:

“The Pipeline as an Opportunity” is the kind if rational debate the Town of Amherst should be having.

It seems that it is so much easier to put up walls and dig in our heels than to have an intelligent and rational conversation. Just saying no is not the answer to resolving any issue.

There are many reasons that natural gas is a better solution to our energy needs than either oil or coal. Yet we insist on relying on these sources of energy without first exploring how to fit natural gas into the equation.

Protection of our valuable natural environment is a priority. But so is being able to afford to live in our “desirable” community.

Without the ability to provide the services we need and want, attract businesses and control taxes, our “desirable” community will disappear.

MARILYN PETERMAN

Amherst