Ya gotta love how elitists always call people who espouse populist ideas "faux populists."
what a bunch of dinosaurs.
"When Does It End?"
I wonder how many people say that when they read your frivolous "sexism" posts.
Plastic bags aren't currently provided "free of charge" -- the cost is baked in to the cost of goods/groceries. The new tax wouldn't cover the cost of providing the bags, either, as it would (in most cases) go to the city's coffers.
I hate it when people are given an idea and before they even give the potential benefits of it long, hard thought, come up with 150 reasons why the idea won't work.
If this had been the history of man, wouldn't we still be in caves sleeping in our own shit?
Hey, I resent that remark. Sleeping in your own shit isn't really all that bad.
This is a telling quote from the Bruce Ramsey in the Seattle Times article: "I don't want to use a cloth bag. I don't want to carry the bag to the store, and I don't want to limit my shopping to the capacity of my bag.". Hard to argue with the desire to do nothing. This is a writer in search of a cause ... and this invented cause has his panties in a pinch.
I'm thinking maybe the City should assess a 20 cent tax on free weekly newspapers, as well.
After all, they're wasteful to print, costly to recycle, and most likely going to a landfill where they will refuse to decompose, anyway....
If it's so important to the well-being of society, let's see the Mayor and Council out in front of an initiative to ban the bags in Seattle. Have the courage of your convictions to stand up and try to convince the majority of Seattle-ites to do the right thing. Stewardship of our environment is a cause worthy of a referendum. Taxation is the refuge of cowards.
You might be surprised to hear that some people kind of get annoyed when self-righteous do-gooders try and tell them what to do.
We tried the "selfishness is a virtue" model for a while and ended up with an island of floating plastic the size of Texas. So now we're trying it this way.
I mean if you have a non-self-righteous, non-do-gooder way to get rid of all that shit don't keep it to yourself.
@1: Ya gotta love how some people look at broke-ass writers for alt-weekly newspapers and call them "elitists" while siding with Republican daily newspaper columnists who make more than 100K a year.
Yes, how dare the government tell me what I can and can't put in my garbage! It's mine, I should be able to throw out whatever I want, regardless of the consequences of my actions taken in aggregate! No one else matters but me! My comfort and routine come first!
The way you squinted down your nose at the square ladies who wanted to meet the author of a book of small things to help the environment was kind of stuck up, Erica.
ECB @ 13
X doesn't necessarily side with Ramsey, and how do you know Ramsey is a Republican? Is that a fact or a speculation? How do you know Ramsey's salary? Is that a fact or a speculation?
What about a tax on paper dailies and weeklys? Don't evade the question.
The key words in Erica's post being "and what Iíve said over and over and over again."
Apparently she thinks those who disagree with her will come around if she just...keeps...repeating......
The reality is that a substantial majority of our citizens don't like the "bag tax".
Make it a mandatory "bag credit" for reusing bags and you'd win far more taxpaying voters than you will with your "tax the poor" scheme.
Most of us wouldn't mind a 10 cent automatic credit for bringing bags. Especially if it was coupled with a 5 cent bag tax. That would make it a CHOICE.
Back up your accusations Erica or eat your words.
How do you know Ramsy's political affiliation and salary? Have you been digging in his trash?
When "playing journalist" please at least pretend to play by the rules.
I'll bet a dollar that Ramsey is a Republican. Any takers?
There was the same kind of moaning and hand wringing (but no "nanny-stating" - Limbaugh wasn't around yet) when Iowa started the nickel deposit on aluminum cans.
Thirty years later, the program is still going strong, the streets are cleaner, and fascism hasn't come to Iowa.
Elitist is as elitist does, ECB.
And honestly, has there ever been a "real" populist in your view - that is, one who you disagreed with but would at least credit as "real"? Anyone who espouses populist positions always gets branded by Stranger writers as a "faux populist" - in no small part because they usually do an effective job of pointing up your own glaring elitism.
@9, you're right (I think).
Did you know the Mayor's daily commute involves two round trips -- by towncar -- between West Seattle and downtown?
This is why the proposal is difficult to swallow. I'm being told this is a necessary inconvenience by a mayor who wouldn't know inconvenience if it bit him on his (rather ample) ass. The council's not much better, either: witness Erica's favorite, Mr. Steinbrueck, who used to commute by car from Jackson Park.
Meanwhile, the Duwamish is mess of toxic sludge. Hopefull this whole plastic bag thing will solve that too.
Why? WHY? That would be trying to legislate the same incentives that a bag tax would, with the same effect, but without bringing in any money for the city. Please, tell me, bag-credit fans, why is this better?
I'll bet a dollar Ramsey is not a Republican.
Art. Art will decide this debate when words fail. The baggers can display heart-wrenching images of poor people choosing between food or a bag to put it in, juxtaposed with responsible shoppers happily returning their used bags to the store for recycling. Enviros can display heart-wrenching images of parks, waterways, and playgrounds covered in filthy plastic bags, juxtaposed with smiling people holding reusable bags. May the best art win.
I'm terribly sorry, I'm late again:
There will be bag!
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