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Letter of the Day: Price of bags

  • An unidentified woman unloads her groceries packed in plastic bags outside Ralph's supermarket in Monterey Park area of Los Angeles Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to ban stores from handing out single-use plastic bags. The law would take effect next year. Supporters say the plastic bags litter cities and beaches and endanger wildlife. Manufacturers say the ban would cost jobs. Los Angeles County and other cities, including San Francisco and Santa Monica, already have bans in place. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Price of bags

EDITOR: Sonoma County shoppers spend $1.6 million every year on plastic bags, a cost that's hidden in the price of the goods we buy. This cost doesn't include the pollution cleanup fees we're stuck with or the devastation that bag production and disposal causes.

Those of us unwilling to trade our waterways, natural resources, wildlife and future for a few seconds of temporary convenience — those of us who bring our own bags, or use our hands, but pay the higher prices anyway — appreciate the leadership of the Sonoma County supervisors ("county gets behind plastic bag ban," Wednesday). This new normal is the only sustainable, sane option.



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