Bacon: The great uniter

The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports that pro- and anti-gas-drilling groups in the area sat down over breakfast recently to talk about what they have in common when they're not hurling nasty epithets at one another.

Dan Fitzsimmons, chairman of the landowners group, proposed the informal meeting of six to allow both sides to discuss mutual interests largely ignored in caustic exchanges at public events and rallies. A primary focus of both groups includes preserving and building a sustainable local economy.

Both sides discarded high-profile criticism and blunt rhetoric, and instead spent much of the morning listening to each other over coffee, toast, eggs and pancakes.

Let's have more of this, please.