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Let's ease up on city retailers

Wow! Dan Rodricks offers an argument against plastic bags based on an old John Waters movie. What a stretch ("We can learn to live without plastic bags," Nov. 13)!

First, my argument against this ban is the way in which City Council refused any input from retailers or city residents. Just when did 100 North Holliday Street morph into the Politburo?

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Second, paper bags are twice as costly as plastic and they fall apart. Trust me, that happened when I forgot my cloth tote and accepted a paper bag. Outside the store, the handle pulled off and my groceries dumped all over the sidewalk. Good it didn't occur crossing President Street.

I agree with the philosophy behind a plastic bag ban, but is it good for Baltimore retailers? It seems the answer is no. That's the main reason Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake should veto the legislation. It's tough doing business in this city, and now the City Council wants to make it tougher.

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Sure, we can learn to live without plastic bags, but I'd prefer not to. And since I recycle my trash, I've nothing to fear from John Waters' "Serial Mom."

Roz Heid, Baltimore

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