Make efficient use of plentiful resource

To the editor:

Folks heat with wood for many reasons. Often necessity. Alan should take a look around. ("Burning wood is harmful, but should it be banned?," Alan Chartock, Jan. 2.)

We are surrounded by trees. Rather than play guilt games, why not try to learn how to better utilize the local, sustainable resource?

Burning wood is not cheap, nor easy. But it could be done more efficiently, and why not, we've got a lot of it!

Paul M. Costelloe, Washington, Ma.