Plastic bags provide a safe and clean alternative for grocery purchases. We should be focused on recycling efforts and enforcement of litter laws, not banning products.

Carol Woodworth

Huntington Beach

CAROL WOODWORTH is a member of Surf City E.A.T. Team.

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Ban on plastic bags is waste of time

I am distressed by our Huntington Beach City Council's priorities and direction.

With all the important issues our city faces, they choose to waste time and resources on non-issues, such as, the banning of plastic bags in the city. How is this new regulation going to improve the quality of our lives?

I, my neighbors and everybody else I know who lives in the city are already recycling their plastic bags. This ban will have negligible impact on our environment, both locally and globally. However, we do know that it will have deleterious consequence on the health of our citizens by forcing them to use reusable bags that will breed bacteria, which will contaminate our food.

So what is the real purpose of this ban? Is it for council members to score an achievement in their political resume? Is it to score political points with the environmental special interest groups? Are they testing the limits of their power? Or is it all of the above? Where will it stop? Is the next step, the banning of garbage bags, Zip-lock bags, Styrofoam containers, etc.? And how is this ban going to be enforced? Are the police going to be burdened with this task? Or is the council going to set up a new agency to enforce this ban?

Enough of nanny government by our City Council.

Raymond Raines

Huntington Beach