Proposition 67, the ballot measure banning plastic bags, should get a no vote. Here’s why.
While it makes good sense to ban these single-use grocery bags for all of the obvious reasons like litter, animal safety, non biodegradability, etc., the authors of the measure have slipped in a provision that will require a merchant to charge the customer 10 cents for a paper bag. Grocers will not have the option to give them away or even to set their own price. Big Brother will require the 10-cent fee.
There is no place for this type of socialistic law imposed on the free market. What’s next, Sacramento setting the price for grocery items?
One other thing: If you think that the cloth bags are the answer, just wait to see how often they will have to go in the washing machine after your meats, fish and produce have been dirtying them up.
Let’s vote “no” on this poorly written measure and make them rewrite it so that poly/plastic bags eventually get banned with no provision for forcing grocers to charge customers for paper or anything else.
Larry Beston, Clovis