The Baltimore City Council is weighing a plastic bag ban that would encourge people to use more reusable bags.
The Baltimore City Council is weighing a plastic bag ban that would encourge people to use more reusable bags. (Fiona Goodall/Getty)

I sent the following note to members of that Baltimore City Council Committee who amended and weakened the legislation for a plastic bag ban in the city, as well as the mayor, council president, Councilman Bill Henry and Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke:

Shame on you!

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The headlines in the Baltimore Sun’s October 8 paper included the front-page, top of the fold “Kitchen Castoffs Become Food Again” and “683 acres could go to agricultural preservation” and “Climate activists block roads, march in global protests” and “Md. official: Hogan administration is committed to climate efforts.” And then there’s you all: “Council amends bag ban to allow for some thicker bags.”

How “ridiculous,” to quote Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke.

I do hope you realize that your people are already leading you in the best direction — to maximize ALL efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, pollution, waste, litter — and re-evaluate your stance. Take the lead. Be brave. Join your people.

Make real changes that benefit future generations. Read the Sun’s editorial, ("What’s the point of a plastic bag ban if plastic bags are allowed, Baltimore?” Oct. 8) and make a strong statement, that Baltimore can lead.

Susan Walther

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