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August 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bag tax: Why not ban bags now?

Ban bags, don’t just tax them

Many people, my wife and I included, would strongly support banning plastic bags but voted against the ill-conceived measure we were offered in Referendum 1.

A ban would require shoppers to bring or buy reusable bags or otherwise carry purchases in their arms.

Longer checkout times and ugly checkout disputes in our view seemed destined to ultimately doom needed regulation. In any case, this loss should not be interpreted to mean that Seattle voters want to continue using disposable plastic or paper bags or wouldn’t adopt a more sensible regulation.

— Charles and Wendy Ordine, Seattle

Poor marketing may have lost bag campaign

Seattle missed the marketing and terminology boat with pitching a bag “tax.”

I just got back from Austria and Germany and found that when you grab a plastic bag there, you have to pay for it. That changes people’s habits in a hurry.

It’s not a tax, it’s the cost of doing business or “cleaning up the bag mess.”

Just require all bags to cost 25 cents as a cleanup fee, and you’ll be surprised how many folks starting bringing their own.

— Andrew Nemethy, Adamant, Vt.

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