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Big retailers muscle up in bag fight

I was disappointed to see the editorial opposing the plastic shopping bag ban ("Bag it, City Council,Please do not allow the mayor to go unscathed with her review of fees and taxes ("Rawlings-Blake seeking study of Baltimore's taxes and fees," Nov. 12).

The cynical might say the opposition to the bag tax or ban is due to the large retail operator constituency. On the same morning the editorial board endorsed the mayor's desire to veto the tax, reporter Luke Broadwater writes that the mayor's office is considering a trash fee, which may not affect an organized constituency or at least not one as affluent as the retail operators. Perhaps The Sun's powers-that-be ought to allow a good reporter like Mr. Broadwater to investigate the jurisdictions that have a bag tax.

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Gosh, at least one supermarket chain (its name begins with an "A") charges for paper and strong reusable plastic bags, and they have continued to expand in our region (and around the country). Duh, maybe their pricing is more important to consumers.

David Kinne, Baltimore

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