Banning ban on bags

Posted Friday, Mar. 29, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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After reading the article about a Texas lawmaker wanting to end bans on plastic bags, I was appalled to see that anyone in today's society would be against something that would really help out our environment. (See: "Paper or plastic is for locals, not the Lege, to decide," March 24)

State Rep. Drew Springer believes that plastic bag bans interfere with personal choice, but don't all laws do so? Springer also believes there is a "hidden social tax" that comes with bag bans. I think what will be much more taxing on our society and environment is the trillions of plastic bags we leave in ever-growing landfills that can take thousands of years to decompose, clog our waterways and choke animals that mistake the plastic particles for food.

As a student living in Austin, where a plastic bag ban has been recently implemented, I can say the transition has actually been very easy. Although I first expected it to be problematic, the switch to using canvas bags has not been inconvenient. Even if one agrees that bag ban bills represent an overprotected "nanny state," as Stringer describes it, isn't overprotecting our environment better than not protecting it at all?

-- Kim Phan, Austin

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