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Letter to the Editor
Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

Let me get this straight: State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery County, wants to charge me for every plastic bag that a large retailer uses (“Bill by Pennsylvania lawmaker would tax plastic bags by 2 cents,” Aug. 26 and TribLIVE.com)? I trust that this will not apply to the grocery stores. The plastic bags they use can't hold more than three items with a combined weight of 5 pounds.

At times, they have to double-bag because the “handles” rip off, the food boxes puncture the plastic or, heaven forbid, two half-gallons of milk are in the same bag. I end up having 10 or more bags for 25 to 30 food items. Odds are 50/50 that I can't make it from the car to the house without at least one bag having a hull breach.

Are these the same people who said paper bags were bad for the environment? Back when paper was the only choice (and it's still superior), we only had to worry about condensation wetting the bags.

Plastic bags were a bad idea years ago. That didn't stop retailers from forcing shoppers to use them. Reusable bags will eventually be the way. But please, Sen. Leach, don't tell me that you want me to think twice about how many plastic bags I tote home. I never wanted them in the first place!

Dave Nemcsik

Franklin Park

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