Finding the irony in plastic bag tax

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2007

On April 18, there was an article about lawmakers adding a tax on plastic grocery bags to help with cleanup and discourage their use.

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Quoting the article: "Juneau Democrat and bill sponsor Sen. Kim Elton said the measure was about more than a few cents a bag.

"'The real purpose isn't the fee,' Elton said. 'The real purpose is plastic bags and trying to reduce the use.'"

To further quote:

"Neither (Juneau Rep. Andrea) Doll nor Elton think the legislation will have time to be passed this year. 'This is such a big paradigm change, it is going to take a little bit longer,' Elton said."

While the intent may seem honorable, it is with great irony that I remember the last "big paradigm change" in grocery bags in the late 1980s and early '90s, namely getting people to use the now evil plastic "T-shirt" bags instead of paper bags "to preserve trees and save the environment."

Amazing how things change. Next thing you know, you'll tell me that George Bush's house in Texas is more eco-friendly than Al Gore's in Tennessee.

Rob Kindred

Douglas



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