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Bag ban casts Baltimore as 'Chump City'

Nobody asked columnist Dan Rodricks about banning plastic bags, and nobody asked Baltimore retailers or shoppers either ("Nobody asked me, but City Council needs spine," Nov. 23).

However, Mr. Rodricks may yet get his beloved plastic bag ban if Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fails to honor her veto threat.

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Right now the legislation is on her desk, yet if no pen is raised to either sign or veto the statute, it will become law early next year. Hopefully, the mayor will do the right thing, as she promised.

I'd have nothing against the plastic bag ban if some input from merchants and shoppers had taken place. Last year a tax on bags failed to pass in the City Council, and the merchants I spoke to didn't know it was considering the measure again this year.

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I happen to believe in democracy and representation. If the mayor fails to act, we can look forward to more high-handed treatment from the council. It's time Baltimoreans took an interest in what's happening at 100 N. Holliday St. Do we really want to live in "Chump City?"

R. Heid, Baltimore

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