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Opening Arguments

Warmed-over tyranny

They came for the flush toilets, and I did not say anything, because I always flush twice anyway. Then they came for the incandescent bulbs, and I said nothing, because I've come to appreciate wine by candlelight lately. Then they came for my plastic bags:

The inevitable question faced by shoppers at the grocery checkout, how to tote their food home, may soon get simpler.

Faced with a growing push in some states and cities to ban or limit use of plastic bags, many grocers are encouraging consumers to recycle bags or bring their own. At least one, Whole Foods Market Inc., plans to do away with the bags altogether.

But many grocers report that about 90 percent of their shoppers still ask for plastic. And the bag makers, a billion-dollar industry, oppose bans, calling instead for consumers to reuse or recycle the bags. They favor recent legislation that encourage the recycling of bags but don't ban them outright.

As a single grocery shopper, I can tell you there's a reason most of us ask for the plastic bags. We can grab the handles and take all our groceries into the house with one trip instead of two or three. That's why it's a billion-dollar industry. It's one of the signs of progress, like light bulbs that illuminate the house without making us squint or giving us migraines and toilets that get rid of the waste with one flush.

People are willing to die to fight the tyrants who will take our liberty at the point of a gun. But they seem to be willing to go back to the Stone Age  and live in caves at the command of the Global Warming fascists. 


Mon, 01/28/2008 - 12:27pm

Most of the time they don't ask, and I forget to tell, they just give me plastic. Personally, I prefer the paper -- since it tends to consolidate the groceries into a smaller space. Regardless, the stuff they feel like they need to bag is sometimes amazing. I go in for one item -- BAG IT! Umm, you've just turned my one easily carried item into two items. Thanks for that.

My wife has gotten greener and acquired about 4 or 5 canvas bags with handles. When I do the shopping and I can remember to take them, these things are far superior to either paper or plastic. You get the handles *and* the space consolidation. Occasionally the store employee will give you the stink eye for being an environmental weirdo, but that's no biggie.

Bob G.
Mon, 01/28/2008 - 3:04pm

I always bag our own and primarily use paper.
The ONLY time I use plastic is for frozen items and meats (something has to keep everything else DRY).

Plus, I've been bagging my own groceries for ever, it seems. And I've got it down to a science.
(hint - eggs and breads always go on TOP)
*store baggers TAKE NOTE!