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Plastic bags do more than hold groceries

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Dear Editor:

Too often it appears those few all-knowing souls who constitute government think they know how to solve a perceived problem without considering whether the consequences will be worse than the problem they are trying to fix. Also it seems they must sit around thinking it's great fun to place even more regulations on their subjects.

The Paonia government is considering a ban on plastic bags just weeks after a water system failure left thousands without water for weeks. A benefit of those bags besides making grocery purchases easy to carry, is to line trash cans in the kitchen, bathroom, and elsewhere so the nasty stuff is contained and easily put into larger cans for collection. Without those bags, thousands or tens of thousands of us, whatever the population is, will use potable water and soap every day to wash out those containers to keep them from stinking. The large cans will also get funky and will need even larger amounts of water and soap to keep them from drawing flies, raccoons and other vermin. The towels we use to dry them, and thousands of cloth bags we purchase for carrying groceries, will need to be washed frequently, using even more soap, water and electricity. Is the plastic bag, which will be buried under tons of earth, the problem, or is it the tens of thousands of gallons of water, great volumes of soap, and electricity the greater hazard to our environment and quality of life? I think the latter is obvious.

David Hiney

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