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Gingersnap
08-19-2009, 11:29 AM
Voters reject disposable-bag fee
Seattle's plastic bag fee went down in big numbers. The most tax-friendly voters in the land said no to a fee that just made people feel picked on and overwhelmed.

FORGET the adage that Seattle voters never met a tax or fee they didn't like. They finally encountered one they could not abide: the 20-cent disposable-bag fee.

In a way, Tuesday's resounding defeat of the bag fee makes sense. This editorial page endorsed the fee for its considerable environmental benefits, but one can understand voters putting their hands up in the air to say, enough already

Nine times out of 10, if you ask earnest, environmentally minded Seattleites to adjust their behavior to benefit the community, they will do their part. Voters nixed the fee because of its nanny-like quality. Many voters also understood the burden of the fee would fall heavily on the poor.

Seattleites are among the most tax-friendly citizens in the land. Over the years, they approved a strong majority of tax increases for housing, education, transportation you name it.

The vote is a repudiation of Mayor Greg Nickels and the City Council, which approved the fee until citizens forced the referendum.

The majority of Seattleites will still switch to canvas bags. They get the message. They rejected the perceived unfairness of the 20-cent fee.

Interesting. I use canvas bags, myself. It's not that I care about landfills much but the canvas bags work better and they don't generate little clones of themselves all over the house the way plastic bags seem to do when I'm not looking.

Seattle Times (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorials/2009686122_editb19bag.html)

megimoo
08-19-2009, 11:34 AM
Interesting. I use canvas bags, myself. It's not that I care about landfills much but the canvas bags work better and they don't generate little clones of themselves all over the house the way plastic bags seem to do when I'm not looking.

Seattle Times (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorials/2009686122_editb19bag.html)
Plus they look rather chic as one strolls about .Does yours have a stencil ?

stsinner
08-19-2009, 11:39 AM
My wife is a strict canvas-bagger, but I can't be bothered when I go to the grocery, because I'm usually there shopping like a single guy-you know, a steak or two, a six pack and a bag of chips.. Oops.. Sorry, left the bags at home.. Just put it in a plastic bag.

A fee would be irritating.

Gingersnap
08-19-2009, 11:40 AM
Plus they look rather chic as one strolls about .Does yours have a stencil ?

I have about a dozen with various logos on them (I hate it when things like that don't match). For walking-around-the-farmers'-market purposes I use a French style net bag. ;)

linda22003
08-19-2009, 11:45 AM
We use the Wegman's reusable shopping bags. I like the large colorful peas, grapes, and tomatoes on the bags.

https://www.wegmans.com/prodimg/767/200/077890162767.jpg

Teetop
08-19-2009, 02:29 PM
We, Americans, are about three decades behind the Germans in this area. When I was stationed over there in the early 80's, the German people used canvas bags to carry their glass, plastic and paper waste to the store. The recycling bins were at grocery stores, so when you went shopping you carried your waste products with you and deposit them in the appropriate bins, then they used the same canvas bags to carry their groceries home. They didn't have paper or plastic grocery bags at all.

FlaGator
08-19-2009, 03:32 PM
I'm doing all I can to destroy the earth so I ask for one item per plastic bag and to triple bag everything just in case. I then throw them away in duck ponds.

asdf2231
08-19-2009, 04:19 PM
I'm doing all I can to destroy the earth so I ask for one item per plastic bag and to triple bag everything just in case. I then throw them away in duck ponds.

You're a pansy!

I wove a bunch of mine together and made a lariet that I use to strangle dolphins with!

jediab
08-19-2009, 08:07 PM
Interesting. I use canvas bags, myself. It's not that I care about landfills much but the canvas bags work better and they don't generate little clones of themselves all over the house the way plastic bags seem to do when I'm not looking.

Seattle Times (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorials/2009686122_editb19bag.html)

My wife is great with those little plastic bags. She reuses them in places with small trashcans, like my office and the bathrooms. Not to mention she uses them to stash my son's used diapers.

Teetop
08-20-2009, 12:18 AM
My wife is great with those little plastic bags. She reuses them in places with small trashcans, like my office and the bathrooms. Not to mention she uses them to stash my son's used diapers.

The last, sounds like a shitty job. :p :D

Stash them, where?! :confused:

;)

Rockntractor
08-20-2009, 12:21 AM
The last, sounds like a shitty job. :p :D

Stash them, where?! :confused:

;)
Woman have a few bonuses they have boobs to play with and great looking equipment but that whole baby diaper thing would make it not worth it!

PoliCon
08-20-2009, 12:23 AM
You're a pansy!

I wove a bunch of mine together and made a lariet that I use to strangle dolphins with!

a man after my own heart!! :D

PoliCon
08-20-2009, 12:25 AM
My wife is great with those little plastic bags. She reuses them in places with small trashcans, like my office and the bathrooms. Not to mention she uses them to stash my son's used diapers.

There is a total hippy at church so I save all mine and then bring them to church and hide them where the hippy is bound to find them :cool:

linda22003
08-20-2009, 09:58 AM
Woman have a few bonuses they have boobs to play with

Outside of women in porn films, you know we don't actually DO this, right?

Shannon
08-20-2009, 10:03 AM
Outside of women in porn films, you know we don't actually DO this, right?

You do realize who you're "talking" to, right?:p

linda22003
08-20-2009, 10:17 AM
You do realize who you're "talking" to, right?:p

Oh. Right. Well, then, maybe he learned something today. :)