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Bag Hags

In 2000, the government of South Africa banned the free handout of plastic bags in all stores. Shoppers without reusable bags now have to pay a nickel for each bag they use. This same policy has long been adopted in France and the Netherlands, and now in China this June with Australia following by year end. Where indeed is the U.S.A.?

Paper is not an ideal substitute either. Paper bags use more energy to manufacture than plastic, and even these don't rapidly biodegrade in landfills starved of oxygen and light. They also cost significantly more than the one penny plastic bags. Compostable equivalents are even more expensive

So what is a Low Country citizen to do? If we can't pass legislation to ban free plastic bag use in stores, then maybe we can salve our environmental consciences by going reusable.

As for lawn, leaf and trash bags, let's rapidly go the biodegradable route despite the additional cost. The addition of harmless additives renders the plastic microfragmented and degradable in landfills in about six months.

It is easy to dismiss this plastic bag issue as just another misplaced "green" alarm. If we cannot remedy these onslaughts to our environment, that says something about us as citizens of the U.S.A. and the way we wish to leave this earth to our offspring for generations to come. Bag the habit!

David J Waldron
Mount Pleasant

Reading Is Fundamental

I cannot believe you let that mean, malicious article, "Good Neighbors," run in your paper (D.A. Smith, Feb. 13). It is poorly written by an unfeeling and untalented person. Tenants' rights are protected in civil countries for the very reason that they need to be. Please advise your dim-witted writer, D.A. Smith, to re-visit Thomas Hardy or Emile Zola or Charles Dickens or Leo Tolstoy if they have forgotten humankind's history of tenant abuse. Unless, of course, this Smith person hasn't read a book and has to visit, for the first time, these great writers of whose class Smith does not belong.

I expect more of the City Paper. If we can't get fairness and just material from the city's "official" paper then, I would hope, that you, as the editor of City Paper, would turn un-thinking, biased and bigoted writers towards where they belong. Please stay the course from here on: to be a kind, generous, liberal, and socially conscientious report.

Parker Meyer
Mount Pleasant

Worth Repeating

I noticed D.A. Smith calls Gov. Sanford's State of the State speech a "yawner" because the governor repeated some points he's made in the past. Well, maybe. But I can't think of a bigger yawner than another infantile rant from D.A. Smith.

For my part, I'm glad the governor keeps hammering the same themes. In politics, you don't accomplish goals by trying once and then quitting. It was through sheer perseverance that Sanford pushed through things like the first reform to the Department of Transportation since it was created in 1914.

The saying goes that Rome wasn't built in a day. Whether it is in Gov. Sanford's signature issue of watching out for my pocketbook, land conservation, health, or education reform, changes aren't brought about overnight. They take time, and, yes, repetition.

These kinds of changes haven't come about because Sanford is afraid of repeating himself or of making D.A. Smith yawn.

Edward F. Seeger
Mt. Pleasant


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