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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Large Crowd as RTM Okays Plastic Bag Ban

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UPDATE A large crowd turned out tonight as Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approved an ordinance encouraging use of reusable checkout bags and banning the use of plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods. Many Westport residents urged approval of the ordinance while the only opposition from the public was expressed by representatives of Connecticut’s food industry and plastic bag manufacturing interests. The final vote just before midnight was 26 in favor, 5 opposed, and one abstention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Unfortunately I couldn’t attend this evening’s gathering of the un-enlightened.  Those residents who are urging the RTM ban the use of plastics bags from retail sales, should have their collective heads examined.  Once again, the tyranny of the majority, will most likely force us all to pay higher prices for goods and services, and will have little to no impact on our quality of life, all the while they can go about their merry little way, driving their SUV’s and living in their 10K Sq. Ft. mansions, pretending they are doing something for the environment of Westport, while the residents of the surrounding towns laugh us.  I hope those wishing to ban the plastic bag, realize that the precious trees they are trying to save, will be cut down in ever greater numbers, and the collective waste from all the paper bag usage, which will increase, will continue to pile up in our limited landfill space.  I have an idea, why doesn’t the RTM ban the use of all petroleum products, and we, the residents of Westport can set an example for the rest of the USA, that progress and technology is a bad thing?  Nah… bad idea, how would we get little Johnny to soccer practice, while he’s watching the latest Barney video in the backseat of a $70K gas guzzler, in air conditioned comfort while mom talks on the phone to her therapist or personal trainer?  Hippocrates doesn’t even begin to describe the issue.

Posted by Tom Werner on September 03, 2008 at 04:37 AM | #
 

Tom,
If you hate Westport that much, I suggest you move!

Posted by Ana Rogers on September 03, 2008 at 02:31 PM | #
 

Tom, have you forgotten that you live in the US.  Democracy is the basis of our country, so if the majority says no plastic bags then no plastic bags.  If you dislike the voting process in this country then move to another communist country.

Posted by Barbara Babash on September 03, 2008 at 05:45 PM | #
 

No I don’t hate my town, it’s still a great place to live.  Nowhere in any of my comments suggest otherwise Ana or Barbara.

With regard to the US, it’s actually a republic.  The founding fathers in their infinite wisdom realized that there could be something called tyranny of the majority in a true democracy, and came up with something called the Consitution, Bill of Rights, the 3 branches of goverment, etc.  Maybe you should have paid attention in school?

Regarding your comment about the majority being for the ban, we’ll never know since it wasn’t put up for town vote, but was decided upon by a majority of our elected town officials, many of whom I suspect if they ran on the platform of banning the plastic bag, wouldn’t have been elected.

Posted by Tom Werner on September 03, 2008 at 06:43 PM | #
 

By that rationale, everyone that’s upset with Bush should leave the U.S. or just not complain.

Posted by John Raho on September 03, 2008 at 07:17 PM | #
 

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