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July 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bag tax: Will outside funds or dirty bags change your mind?

Dirty bags in the grocery store? No thanks, bag tax

Editor, The Times:

While shopping the other day in a local supermarket I put some corn on the cob on the conveyor belt unwrapped. The clerk told me I should bag everything before putting it on that belt. Since people started bringing in their own bags, they said, you wouldn’t believe how filthy some of them are, even with cat urine on them. These reusable bags go on the counter where people put their food items. What a thought.

Maybe it would make more sense for our elected officials to worry about public health and begin considering a ban on the use of personal containers in stores that sell groceries.

— Joan Benze, Silverdale

Outside funds lose my vote against bag tax

I’m almost sorry I don’t live in the city of Seattle to vote on the referendum to overturn the proposed bag tax.

I’m not naturally disposed to being enthusiastic for the proposed tax and might be inclined to support the referendum against it if I could. But the outside interference and the outlandish amounts of money [“$500,000 given to stop 20 cent bag fee,” page one, July 21] from obviously biased supporters to pass this referendum would make me reconsider my vote in an instant.

I would hope voters in Seattle are equally incensed in this blatant power play to buy an election to vote this referendum down. Any thinking person should realize the upcoming outlandish scare tactics will be nonsense and will consider it an insult to think they can be so easily swayed.

— Brian Hogan, Kent

Bag tax offers little inconvenience, potential for jobs

I’m all for the bag tax. I think it would create a tremendous amount of jobs in Seattle. Think of all the homeless and the formerly low-paid unemployed who would congregate outside supermarkets and other establishments with quantities of used plastic bags for sale for five or 10 cents each.

We always have three canvas shopping bags in the car. If we forget to take one into the supermarket, as often happens, we either carry our purchases out in our hands or, if too large a quantity, while one stands in line for the cashier the other goes to the car, gets the bags and always returns in time to prevent anyone else in line from waiting.

Vote “Yes!”

— Val Herman, Bremerton

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