Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Open your eyes, Hailey citizens

     Kudos to Tony Evans for his reporting on the plastic bag vote coming up. I’m disappointed that the plastic bag issue is on the ballot at all. Have our elected officials gone blind? Where is the problem? We have Andy Keller, a self-promoter who expects to profit from the plastic bag ban sounding the alarm that there is a plastic bag problem in Hailey. I quote: “I suspect one of the main issues is litter. I don’t blame them (Hailey) for wanting to do something about it.” Citizens of Hailey, where is all this plastic bag litter that is so bad your elected officials are asking you to vote to ban plastic bags? Look around. Where are the bags? In this past month I have driven to Oregon, Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Hagerman on both highway and secondary roads watching for all this plastic bag litter that Andy Keller and your children say is such a major problem. Instead of plastic bags being plastered on every fence across the state, as you would expect from Andy Keller’s alarms, I didn’t see hardly any plastic bags in 1,000 miles of travel. What’s up, Andy, children and Hailey government?

     I’m feeling a bit manipulated by someone’s self-interest (again). What’s up is the bags are designed to crumble into nothing when exposed to the sun in a very short time, which is why you see very few plastic bags plastered across the landscape. Guess Andy forgot to mention that fact. Children, Andy and Hailey government call these “single-use” bags. Single use? Get real. We were recycling plastic bags at the Hailey Farmers Market since 1992. Further, everyone I know uses them more than once—cleaning the cat box, picking up dog do, trash bags, repotting plants etc.

     I can hug trees with the best of them, but plastic bags littering the landscape is not an issue. Where is this overwhelming plastic bag litter we must ban that Andy Keller tells us is all around us? None. Only one dirtbag floating around polluting the truth that anyone with eyes can see.

     Stores should be able to provide their customers with any legal product to improve their customers’ shopping experience without self-serving manipulators getting in the way. Just because a few people say “this is the truth” doesn’t mean it is truth. Open your eyes, Hailey. Vote “no” to banning the useful, free, plastic bags we all use in so many ways.

Mark Cook


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