With reference to the "bag tax" in Baltimore, how can 10 cents hurt anyone? To say that we are overtaxed is pretty ridiculous ("Shoppers in city may see 10-cent bag fee Jan. 21). If a 10-cent tax is going to hurt someone, then certainly they are not paying any taxes already, so 10 cents won't hurt.
Anyway, the whole point of the charge on shopping bags is to reduce pollution, so the answer should be obvious — don't throw the bags away. Take them back to the store with you next time and reuse them. Then the bag tax will not affect you and you will be helping to stop the trash problem.
The reason for the "tax" is to stop people throwing bags down all over the place, not to take money away from poor people or anyone else. All we have to do to avoid it is stop throwing bags down. Reuse them and voila, no more tax. And reusable bags are available all over the place.
As usual, the angry objections we're hearing now are just another example of the way things are — we must be angry and outraged all the time!
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