Beyond Hope?

Mar 21, 2018

To the Editor:

This is in response to the letter submitted by Joseph S. Orrico of Surf City (“Eco-Radical Agenda,” 3/14). 

Maybe reasonable political discourse in this country is beyond hope when someone views an effort to reduce the pollution created by plastic bags as a political agenda driven by the far left. 

Is there anyone who has walked our beaches and not seen plastic bags washed up on the shore or floating in the water? We know these bags are harmful to marine life.

I see them every time I walk along the beach and pick them up to dispose of or recycle them properly. And what about the bags along the side of the road, or floating around in the wind, or stuck in trees? We’ve all seen them, right?

Some may do their best to recycle these bags. However, some don’t and it can take many lifetimes for these plastic bags to decompose. I can’t understand why a person would be against an effort to curtail the use of this environmental menace.

They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Keep reusable bags in the car so you always have them with you when you need them. I don’t think that constitutes taking away one’s freedom. I think it makes one a responsible human being who lives in this world among other human beings – someone who doesn’t treat the world around him or her like a trash bin. 

Barbara Imperiale

Harvey Cedars


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