Dear Editor, Two Things: 1) Recyclable bags: Sure, everyone pitching in to clean up the toxic waste. Back in the old days (2012), a leading grocery chain would offer the customer a choice between plastic and paper bags (paper is recyclable), both free – actually, the cost of bags was built in to the price of retail goods. Fast forward to now; bags are now a retail item, and there is no choice. 2) New area code: Austin is growing, and there aren't enough phone numbers to go around. The simple solution: Add a new area code. The not-so-simple solution: Make everyone with the old area code use the long distance format (one + area code + number) when calling within their own area code. That makes no sense at all. My next-door neighbor, the pharmacy, and the doctor – all within the 512 area code – are not long distance. Someone in Houston or New York City? Now that is long distance. Certain aspects of these new changes are good, while others are pure lunacy. Who are the lunatics responsible for these fiascos? Maybe we ought to send them back where they came from!