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Readers Respond

Bag tax wouldn't be so affordable [Letter]

Where does letter writer David Liddle get off saying Baltimore's proposed tax on shopping bags would not have hurt anyone ("All can afford a 10-cent bag," Jan. 27 When you go to the grocery store, there are usually 10 grocery bags at least. No one has the right to tell another person they can afford anything. Everyone's circumstances are different.

If the "bag tax" were affordable, why are there so many people out of work and living on the streets, robbing and killing to get money any way they can? The reusable bags cost money. How are these destitute people who can barely put food on the table able to afford to buy reusable bags? There is more discarded trash on the streets from people throwing away their food wrappers, not from plastic grocery bags which most people like myself use for many projects around the house and yard. If stored properly, they won't blow away.

It appears clear that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake isn't looking to be re-elected with all of these new taxes and surcharges she is burdening city folk with.

June P. Byrne

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