Plastic bags and freedom

Dear Editor:I agree wholeheartedly with Victor Malagon. ("Better Options for Plastic Bag Ban," Letters to the Editor, 8/11/11) Because "some people" are slobs, why do all of us have to change our ways of many years? Do you really think WalMart is going to give up plastic bags? I once asked for a paper bag and was told they only stock plastic. as for the canvas bags, we don't live in Europe where they shop day-by-day. I have read that unless you wash those bags after every use, the germs build up and you could get very ill from the food you carry in them. As for the use of plastic bags in the home, I am sure everyone has numerous ideas on what to use them for - just as I do. I line my trash cans, I put giveaways (for the Salvation Army) in these bags, I stuff soft shoes with them so the shoe keeps its shape, etc. I do not understand why officials were so quick to jump on the bandwagon. Did anyone actually think first? --Doris Hannon, Downey Editor's note: Although a growing number of municipalities are establishing ordinances prohibiting the use of single-use plastic bags at markets, the city of Downey has not introduced such an ordinance.

Dear Editor: When did Downey get overrun by the Nanny-state, San-Fran, Blame-America-First Democrats? -- Drew Kelley, Downey

********** Published: August 18, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 18