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Let's just ban the bags

I have a problem with plastic bags and the bag tax issue ("Council passes body camera bill, plastic bag ban, but veto looms," Nov. 17). So much time and energy has been spent on this issue. When we take a step back and look at the bigger picture, there are so many daily issues, each much more pressing that the city must encounter on a daily basis. There is a simple resolution to it — through emergency legislation, cease the use of plastic bags immediately and impose daily heavy fines on those store owners who continue using the plastic bags.

I, like everyone else, am personally sick of seeing plastic bag remnants snagged in the trees, on the water and in our streets. They are an ugly environmental travesty.

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Suddenly, it is a major monetary issue with bulk pricing of paper versus plastic for store owners. Entrepreneurs are singing the blues. Before the introduction of plastic bags, stores did just fine with paper bags for decades. Yes, decades. The cost was a non-issue then.

So why, I ask the grocery store owners of Baltimore, why is it such a major issue today?

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Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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