To the Editor

July 3, 2012

By Contributor

Plastic bags

City Council is thinking locally  while acting globally

I read the front-page article in the June 20 issue about the possibility that the new bag ban could go to the voters. Seriously?

To me it seems that the people we voted for to do what is best for our city have it handled. I think that it is not just good for our city but these increasing bans are, on a larger scale, good for the country and perhaps in a global perspective good for the planet. Even in the poorest of poor countries, such as Bangladesh, they have outlawed plastic bags!

We live in a community and our outlook needs, in my opinion, to include that larger perspective. It is the laws and, please do forgive me, the taxes and fees that help to keep us living in a so-called civil society. Odds are good that without these pieces of legislation in place many human beings will do what is easiest.

In this case, we will continue to use plastic bags. Throw your reusable cloth bags in with a regular load of wash for goodness sakes and just think of using them as for the greater good, which it is.

I know this is simplistic but we only have one planet. If we keep trashing it our children and grandchildren will pay the price in a much bigger way than 5 cents for a paper bag.

Elizabeth Panni


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One Response to “To the Editor”

  1. Sue Lani Madsen on July 11th, 2012 1:03 pm

    Does it seem odd to anybody else that we are banning plastic bags while paying for plastic bag dispensers along sidewalks for picking up dog waste?

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