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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Seattle bag tax
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…

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August 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bag tax: Why did it fail?

Vote against Ref. 1 a vote against liberal agenda Editor, The Times: It’s the same strategy. Just like the right-wing attack on President Obama isn’t really about health care, the vote against a tax on plastic bags was really a vote against the liberal agenda, specifically environmentalism in Seattle. It’s what the Republicans will call a backlash against…

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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…

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August 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bag tax: If passed, will it work?

Before a bag fee, provide incentives to recycle instead Editor, The Times: I find it interesting that Seattle wants to impose plastic-bag fees, yet there has been absolutely no push for deposits for plastic or glass bottles or for soda and beer cans. Over the past three years, I have recycled more than 82,000 aluminum cans, of which…

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August 10, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Seattle’s proposed grocery-bag fee

Phony environmentalism The proposed grocery-bag fee is another example of the feel-good, phony environmentalism for which our beloved Seattle is, alas, famous. The refrigerators we use to keep our food fresh use more energy in a couple of hours than is used to make all the grocery bags we use in a year. “Just keep a bag…

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