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Plastic bag ban: ‘It’s about time!’

RE: “Time to ban single-use plastic bags in Brattleboro” [Letters, Feb. 22]:

One of my greatest pleasures and also a source of frustration comes from my role as advisor to a local school environmental group.

I get frustrated trying to decide which important steps we should take to make our school more Earth-friendly, and I feel pleasure is felt when I see their passion and commitment to address some of the environmental issues we face today.

I want to share a comment made by one student when I told her about a question that will appear on the ballot in Brattleboro on March 7. Article 2 advises and encourages the Selectboard of Brattleboro to enact a law that would ban the use of single-use plastic bags.

“It’s about time!” she said.

I will not repeat all the facts that Tim Maciel stated in his letter, in which he laid out the ban and his support for it, but I will remind everyone that people in this country throw away 100 billion plastic bags a year.

These bags are made from petroleum, which must be drilled, imported, and shipped so that we have a cheap, disposable way to carry a few items for a short distance.

Is this necessary? No. Please support the ban on bags and decide what you can substitute for them in your own daily lives.

Stephanie Nyzio
Brattleboro

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Nailed it - Thank you.

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TB Smith (Ba, Oklahoma, US) says...

The divisiveness brought on by this shamefully poor excuse for a president has been once again, borne out by this article, and the responses to it .. his most devoted followers are the most gullible and easily swayed sheeple since the \"Kool-Aid party in Jonestown\" ... those who stand up the most fervently to this dictator \"wanabe\", will , inthe end, see him and the fellow purveyors of his garbage rhetoric like FOX News, Alex Jones, Breitbart, etc., crumble and be dumped like stale crackers (pardon the pun) .. we must impeach this tyrant before too much damage is done, either from within or outside our borders.

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So it’s OK that access to outlets that simply recognize Trump as President is indeed being shut down? But isn’t that exactly what this editorial is against? Should outlets that cheered on Obama’s wars and love of Wall St have likewise been shut down? Only John Birch Society–inspired screeds against Trump indicate the “legitimate” press?

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Bev Matias (Connecticut, US) says...

Thank you for your efforts to disseminate the news of the day and resist the hate-filled and deceitful rhetoric of this administration. I cannot believe, still, in this country that it is necessary for the press and regular citizens to defend themselves. Only one quarter or less of the citizens believe a word he says yet you are forced to defend yourselves because his speech is so incediary. The press is now officially our last line of defense.

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Janet (Venice, Florida, US) says...

You nailed it perfectly.

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