Moral Superiority and Plastic Bags

Dear Starchild;

When I edited what Phil Berg wrote I did it on the basis of the personal aspects of the impact as Phil Berg wrote it. When you added what you did you broke up the original train of thought and ended up with a jumble that went from environmental aspects to the personal aspects - which makes no sense. Secondly it still has to be under 150 words.

The original submission:

Dear Letters;

The Supervisors voted to ban plastic bags in large grocery and drug stores. Then they showed off their canvas shopping bags.

This is another straw on poor people’s backs. The old, sick, blind and handicapped must now carry a canvas bag to shop. Do supervisors regularly carry home groceries from Safeway in the rain, pushing a wheelchair or feeling with a cane? Does the extra $.30 to be added to every grocery trip affect them?

Supervisor Jew tried to justify his dissent against the ban. His gut instincts told him it was wrong to add one more proscription on poor peoples lives and another small weekly expense.

Like a grocery bill - in life and politics it’s the little things that add up that hurt. I know of this personally as a blind HIV- positive gay who is affected by the bag ban.

Phil Berg - Chair
Libertarian Party of San Francisco

Here is yours edited down to 150 words.

Editor:

So the Supervisors voted to ban plastic bags in large grocery and drug stores. National Public Radio reports these bags are more environmentally friendly than paper bags. Grocers report the ban may lead to less recycling of plastic bags.

Have these Supervisors ever carried home groceries from Safeway in a paper bag in the rain, pushing a wheelchair or feeling with a cane? Does the extra $.30 added to every grocery trip affect them, with their $90,000/year salaries?

At least Supervisor Ed Jew spoke out against this injustice. He at least was unwilling to add one more expense and burden to the lives of the poor and disabled.

Like on a grocery bill, it’s the little things that add up. I speak as a blind and HIV-positive gay man who is affected by the ban.

Phil Berg - Chair
Libertarian Party of San Francisco