Thoughts on Bag Ban

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 14, 2011

Dear Editor,
    I am writing in regard to the proposed plastic bag ban in the city of Austin. On the surface, I really could care less either way, but I do have some thoughts and concerns. So today, without further ado, I am writing this short editorial about my thoughts on the proposed plastic bag ban.
    My wife and I do use cloth bags, but we do like to get a few plastic bags. At home we can use these bags in the small trash cans in the bathroom and bedrooms.
    The mayor's proposed banning of them will not eliminate plastic bags. Sure maybe it might eliminate plastic grocery bags, but not plastic bags. Such a ban (or a charge for use of such bags) would only force my wife and I to buy plastic trash sacks that we can't afford – something we don't have to do now because we can get them free when we shop. Thus because we would now be forced to buy trash bags, all the city has done is to trade one plastic bag for another and put a tighter strain on my family's already strained budget, which means they have defeated their whole purpose in the first place. Way to go, mayor, for not thinking this thing through.
Kevin Surbaugh
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