The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): A Texas state representative has asked Attorney General Greg Abbott to issue an opinion on whether cities have the legal authority to ban plastic bags. What is your opinion on whether cities have that right and, even if they do, should they exercise it?
Less government in our life decisions the better. Eric Stonitsch
If you live in an area where plastic bags cover chain link fences and covers the brush in low lying areas and the city can’t afford the manpower to clean it then yes, ban the bags. If you live in an area where you don’t see the bags and people are actually responsible about recycling them then why should it matter? Joe Black
This morning I picked up one cup and 10 plastic bags from my yard. There are seven blowing around in my trees that I cannot reach. I’ve used reusable bags for five years, so I know these bags didn’t escape from me. Rachel Pilcher
Having recently moved here from a country where supermarkets encourage you to use your own bags, I was very surprised by the amount of plastic bags used here. An overall ban is not the answer. Heidi Bishop
The city should think about litter control more than banning bags! We should be ashamed. We need a new slogan. Bags are not the problem. Brenda Celedonia Niska
It’s worked in Europe for decades. I’m fine with it. Scott Fielder
Not only do they not have the right, they absolutely shouldn’t attempt to do so. It is absolute tyranny and meddling in free trade. If the bag banners’ case were so solid, then no laws would be needed — people would naturally choose to use reusable bags. Rob Turk