The proposed 10-cent bag fee that the Baltimore City Council will vote on next week is a bad idea ("City may impose 10-cent bag fee," Jan. 22). Giving merchants a 3-cents-per-bag cut in the new revenue is an even worse idea.

Councilman James B. Kraft said that merchants are "flagrantly violating" a law that requires them to voluntarily offer customers plastic or paper bags. I believe that by giving these same law-breaking merchants a 3-cents-per-bag incentive will result in crafty shopkeepers actually pushing bags on customers.

Councilman Brandon M. Scott hopes that a new bag tax will help make Baltimore a more "sustainable" city. My question is who will it be more sustainable for? Certainly not for an already over-taxed citizenry.

Sean Tully, Baltimore

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