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August 19, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bag tax rejected: Was Seattle’s “no” vote sensible or bought?

Bag vote hijacked by well-funded opponents

Thank you Seattle for once again proving that big money buys politics. With fliers, ads and phone calls flooding the residents of this “enlightened” city, how can anyone possibly say defeating the bag tax was the public’s will?

If the proponents and opposition had been evenly funded, one could claim it was the public’s will. But the way it was done proves otherwise. The poor didn’t win — the chemical industry did. Everyone else lost.

What a bunch of suckers we are!

— Jack M. Pedigo, Seattle

Like in health-care reform, public is the loser in bag-tax defeat

They’ve done it again. In voting down the bag tax, people have allowed themselves to be duped by disinformation, lies and distortions, becoming stooges for the oil and chemical industries and not realizing they already pay for plastic bags directly and indirectly in many ways.

The same thing has happened with health-care reform, with people allowing themselves to become pawns of the insurance companies out to protect their profits at the expense of us all.

Some undoubtedly just hate the president and will do anything to bring him down. Either way, they’re working against themselves.

And in voting for Mr. Anti-Tunnel, Mike McGinn, they’re jeopardizing the chance of a lifetime to make Seattle one of the magnificent waterfront cities in the world.

What a shame it all is.

— Tim Walsh, Seattle

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