Letters for week of March 6

Mar 06, 2013

Is plastic bag ban causing theft?

Editor, The Beacon:

This from Seattle PI online. I wonder if QFC or Rite Aid has this problem [“Paper bag use up since plastic ban,” The Beacon, front page, Feb. 27]:

When the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a ban on plastic bags and required businesses to charge a nickel for paper bags, city leaders believed it would be better all around.

"I think we've gotten to a place where it's really going to work for the environment, businesses and the community in general," Councilman Mike O'Brien said at the time.

But the bag ban is contributing to thousands of dollars in losses for at least one Seattle grocery store, and questions have been raised about the risk of food-borne illness from reusable bags that shoppers don't often wash.

Mike Duke, who operates the Lake City Grocery Outlet with his wife, said that since the plastic-bag ban started last July, he's lost at least $5,000 in produce and between $3,000 and $4,000 in frozen food.

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Store-owners-say-plastic-bag-ban-causes-more-4314744.php#ixzz2MFD28gf9

Paul Luczyk,


Not up to council to change our habits

To the Mukilteo City Council and especially Jennifer Gregerson:

It is not your job to change my habits. If I didn’t know any better I would think you all are a bunch of progressive, elitist snobs that think you know better how to run my life than I do. Oh… wait, I don’t know better.

To people like you, I guess we citizens are just a bunch of dumb rubes that need your enlightened leadership. Just remember, you are not our rulers but merely our representatives, elected by us, to protect our rights and liberties, not to change our habits.

You are everything that is wrong in government today.

Jon Rickey,


Don’t just talk to letter writers

Of all the shoppers in Mukilteo, how did The Beacon manage to interview two men who write a steady barrage of negative letters about our City Council decisions? In my experience, one sees many more women grocery shopping anyway.

To be more objective, let’s try that survey about the bag ban again – perhaps talking with people you have never met before.

If people are so desperate for plastic bags for their trash, they go out of our city to shop, they should know QFC sells plastic wastebasket liners.

Concerning the main issue of plastic lasting for decades, any first grader knows if you put a paper bag in the rain, the paper bag will be the one decomposing.

Susan Davison,


A capella choir was a real treat

So often we hear about teens who are unruly or in trouble – but we want to tell you about 18 awesome teens.

They are the a capella choir from Kamiak High School. These talented young people were the entertainment for the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church Hilltoppers seniors.

Not only was the music wonderful, but these young people were courteous, kind, helpful, appreciative and a real treat for all of us!

Thank you to their teachers and especially to the parents of these wonderful young people – they must be so proud!!

We all wish them great success in the future and hope they’ll come back to see us again.

Pat Weber,

Judy Kawabori,

Mim Loree and

All the Hilltopppers

Comments (1)
Posted by: John T Baker | Mar 06, 2013 15:44

I apologize that my comments regarding plastic bags so offended Ms. Davison.  First, "going out of our city" to shop for groceries involves turning left at the first stop light on the Speedway rather than at the second one.  Life does go on just outside "our" city.  Sales taxes slip away from it as well.  Also, I had no idea that the plactic bags they SELL at QFC caused no pollution, while they ones they use to use for sacking groceries were such environmental disasters.   Whodathunkit?

Also Ms. Davison might want to consider not just the decomposition properties of the two types of bags, but also the manufacturing processes involved in their production. Perhaps a call to the ports of Bellingham or Everett might provide some background on the pollution footprint caused by paper manufacturing...oh but that wouldn't impact her little world of Mukilteo by the Sea, I guess.

Oh the humanity!

John Baker

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