Deal to ban plastic bags good for state

This is a response to the recent article, "Deal reached to ban plastic grocery bags in California."

I am a philosophy major who has worked in environmental-conservation projects all throughout high school.

I applaud this movement toward the limitation of plastic shopping bag use. This bill will extend stronger policies throughout California and potentially influence the rest of the nation to follow our example.

This will also help the United States follow in the footsteps of other developed countries such as China and Taiwan. Opponents to this bill claim it will ruin jobs and inconvenience customers; the bill helps alleviate the former problem by providing training to employees to help prepare for the shift in bagging policy, and the cost to consumers is minimal to nonexistent.

Furthermore, the trade-off in limiting the amount of plastic bags in circulation is greatly beneficial, from conserving usage of petroleum in producing the bags to preventing damage to artificial structures or wildlife to the common improper disposition of such bags. Encouragement of having reusable bags as replacements can help foster more environmentally friendly habits among people.

Timothy Ip

Fremont

Writer's facts on Israel are twisted

The writer of a Jan. 28 letter blaming Israeli repression on the victims has the situation so very wrong it is hard to know where to begin a response. I will just mention two obvious errors.

He claims there would be no military rule if Palestinians negotiated in good faith, but Israel's 1967 invasion created this rule, not failed negotiations. Israel could have left any time in the past 47 years but instead uses the occupation to confiscate Palestinian land and resources.

He also writes that the Apartheid Wall would not exist if Palestinians stopped sending suicide bombers into Israel. The last bombing took place six years ago, and the wall continues to grow, not on the border but within Palestine itself, confiscating more land. The International Criminal Court took note of this in 2004 when it declared the wall illegal.

Israel defies international law as it builds the wall, continues the occupation, confiscates land and imprisons children. Readers can see for themselves at the websites of the U.N. and other international agencies.

Barbara Erickson

Berkeley

March designed to help fight abortion

The Declaration of Independence states: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

On Jan. 25, I marched in the West Coast Walk for Life along with more than 50,000 other concerned citizens to end the culture of death in the United States.

We marched to stand up for every human being. We marched to stand up for their unalienable right to life from conception to natural death. We marched for those who have no voices, the preborn. We marched for the sacredness and dignity of every human being and so that every human being has the right to life.

Since Roe v. Wade was decided 41 years ago, more than 56 million unborn babies in the United States have been murdered through abortion. There has been no decision since Dred Scott that has had such an egregious breech of our Declaration of Independence as has the Roe v. Wade decision.

If you are a man or woman who is suffering from the physical, emotional or spiritual effects from a past abortion, you may find support from Project Rachel, go to www.rachelsvineyard.org. Adoption, the noble option, see www.agnusdeifoundation.org.

Elizabeth Sommers

Alameda