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August 16, 2009 at 6:11 AM

Seattle’s proposed grocery-bag fee

Why I’m voting against the measure

I am voting against the bag fee because I think it will lay more grief on our low-income neighbors. Quoting advocates of the bag fee, “That claim (that the fee will harm poor people) is utter rubbish. Much of the fee revenue will be used to provide free reusable bags to poor people, and anyone who uses reusable bags will pay no fees.” [“Vote to eliminate disposable grocery bags,” Kathy Fletcher and Denis Hayes, guest commentary, July 28].

In other words, the stresses of time and money that make this additional little task difficult and expensive for poor people will be no problem once they receive some free reusable bags.

When people don’t have enough money, they work two or three jobs, walk to the bus, ride multiple buses each day, and, like others, buy groceries on the way home, raise children, deal with medical problems, and learn a new transportation system.

Punishing stressed people because they forgot a bag is heartless. Let’s reject the bag fee and minimize plastic bags some other way.

— Kate Anthony, Seattle

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