In these uncertain times, it makes perfect sense to proceed with the Mountain Valley Pipeline, using all the resources available as we face the future.

Jobs are leaving the valley. The stock market is playing havoc with your 401(k) and retirement funds. Unfriendly business policies have a chokehold on economic development. On and on it goes.

The pipeline’s economic projections — from new jobs to tax revenues — will be needed to help keep this area viable and our children here.

I know there are objections. Some are always looking for 100 percent guarantees, but that is not the essence of life. The great writer and moralist Samuel Johnson told us, “Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.”

Can we afford to be among those who “do nothing” this time?

KEN SRPAN

ROANOKE