Plastic bag ban not a good idea

A statewide plastic bag ban would not be a good thing, especially if the option given is to buy a paper bag (a new store-profit center).

Remember, many plastic bags are recycled at your favorite grocery store. Plastic bags provide a good option where strength and moisture are concerned.

In addition, many of these bags are repurposed: cleaning up neighborhood dog and cat droppings; retaining used, damp cat litter; under sink trash can liners; and my favorite, lining small trash cans around the house. None of these uses can be accomplished as well with paper.

So what happens when I run out of my supermarket-issued plastic bags? I go to aisle 10 and buy plastic bags! What has been accomplished?

I am assuming this discussed ban is only for retail store sales. Imagine finding your morning newspaper on your driveway on a rainy morning without a plastic bag (porch delivery is only a dim memory), or your child taking home her goldfish in a leaky paper container.

David Pastor

Pleasanton

More overboard nanny nonsense

Yes, let's ban plastic bags -- and everything everywhere.

We should ignore the needs of the elderly who count on the light weight and ease of carrying the few groceries they can afford back to their homes. We should make it harder for the people who do recycle carry bottles, plastic containers, papers and cans out to the bin.

So much for the grandkids' dirty clothes bag for a night at Papa's house.

It is important for us to teach our children to ban or tax irritants, rather than teach them how to take personal responsibility for their actions.

It is the minority that is causing the problem, so why is it politically correct to punish the masses for the inconsiderate few? Years ago, if you littered, you got a fix-it-ticket.

Of course, businesses provided trash cans outside their doors if they sold finger foods, and if you purchased a single item, you did not get a bag.

I just love this overboard nanny nonsense!

Roy Larkin

Concord

Problem of rainy-day newspaper delivery

On damp days, we appreciate our newspapers thrown on the driveway in plastic bags.

If the carriers agree to place the newspapers on the doormat on rainy days, as far as I'm concerned, the state can put a ban on plastic bags.

Mary McMahon

Livermore

Plastic in ocean

is a huge problem

I go to sea for a living and have seen the result of plastic. On ships we are not allowed to put anything but food waste into the ocean. All the trash I see in the ocean is from shore.

There is a layer just below the ocean surface that is a film of plastic. You cannot get fish from the ocean that doesn't have traces of plastic in its system.

Sailing on the Bay after the first heavy rain looks like a floating garbage dump. I see birds, fish and seals tangled up in plastic.

We can't solve the Earth's trash problem, but we can clean up our backyard. Currently, California is leading the world in how to deal with trash. Getting rid of plastic bags is a big step forward and an easy one.

Two movies that I recommend to see on this problem are "Trashed," with Jeremy Irons, and, on Ted.com, see a 20-minute talk, "Capt. Charles Moore on the seas of plastic." Watch them and you'll never look at plastic the same way.

Peter Veasey

Martinez

It is inconvenient and it's intrusive

I don't want a ban on plastic bags. I can't stand it that Alameda County banned plastic bags.

It's very inconvenient. I walk in a store and I forget my bags in the car. Also, when I have family and guests over for dinner and they want to take leftovers home, I would put it in containers and put the containers in the plastic bag. Plus I lined my waste baskets with the plastic bags instead of buying them from the store.

They still sell plastic bags in stores, and they still have plastic bags in the produce departments.

Our state government is too intrusive in our lives. All they care about are abortions and the environment.

The environmentalists run this state in my opinion.

Cathy Ledbetter

Newark

Don't ban bags, fine the abusers

The use of plastic bags is fine. The misuse of plastic bags is not fine, and so the misuse should be fined. False logic:

Guns, misused, kill innocent people. Let's ban guns.

Knives, misused, cut and kill people. Let's ban knives.

Automobiles, misused, kill people. Let's ban cars.

Plastic bags, misused, or poorly disposed of, pollute the environment. Let's ban plastic bags.

And ban alcohol: Oops, we tried that already.

It is the bad behavior that causes problems, not the guns, knives, cars, plastic bags: All have good uses. One example: I use plastic bags to contain pet litter. Is it better to put loose litter in the trash?

Educate the proper use and disposal of plastic bags, punish misuse, do not deprive us of good uses.

B.F. Minton

San Lorenzo

Consumers know when, and how, to use bags

No, freedom-loving Americans should not tolerate this latest example of government run amok.

Americans are smart enough to figure out which bags to use when, and consumers and businesses should be free to make that choice without the interference of politicians and environmental zealots.

Out of billions of bags, an insignificant number end up in the wrong place -- but so do newspapers, furniture, clothing, toys, cars, and lots of other things.

There is simply no compelling reason to outlaw bags. Nor is there any good reason to force stores to charge a per-bag price dictated by politicians, other than to punish people who don't happen to have their own bag.

If the bureaucrats think plastic bags are so bad, then let them make their case through an educational campaign, but the final choice must rest with individuals. Bag laws are bad for people, bad for business, and bad for freedom.

Dick Patterson

El Cerrito

Just making it hard on everyone

Stores should supply plastic bags to their customers free of charge. It is a pain in the neck to remember to bring your paper or cloth bags into the store. I have forgotten mine more times than I like to tell, and with discussions with other shoppers, there are many in the same boat.

I can't count the number of times I have entered the store and it dawned on me that I forgot the bags.

By the looks of the recycling bins that were provided before the "bring-your-own-bags" era, most people recycled. How many jobs were lost due to companies not making bags and/or recycling? I wonder how many states have a similar ban on plastic bags. California does it again.

This is another example of the environmental people making it tough on everyone.

The high gasoline prices we pay are a result of them delaying the Alaskan pipeline. They are against the oil industry, but I don't see many horse and buggy vehicles on the road, because they all have gasoline driven cars. Until we can develop a more efficient battery, electric car sales will be a small fraction of gasoline driven cars.

Robert V. Beaudreau

Fremont