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Opinion

April 15, 2014

Plastic bag ban the smart thing to do

To the editor:

We stop at stoplights, not because the government tells us to, but because it is the smart and safe thing to do for ourselves and others.

We don’t smoke in public places, not because the government tells us to, but because now it is the smart and healthy thing to do for ourselves and others.

We pay our taxes, not because the government tells us to, but because it is the smart and only way we can have schools and parks and playgrounds.

Hopefully in the future, we will refuse to accept single-use plastic bags, not because the government tells us to, but because it is the smart and environmentally friendly thing to do for ourselves and all of God’s creatures.

But until we can do this ourselves, maybe we need a little push and some reminders like the proposed ban in Newburyport, along with lots of voices speaking up and people practicing this good habit.

Joan Baily

Newburyport

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