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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

Bags aren't cheap

EDITOR: Thirty years ago, I was a college student living in Germany. I remember the first time I visited the grocery store down the hill from the dormitory. I was stunned when the checker charged me for each bag I needed for my groceries. What? I pay for bags? They aren't free? After about a month of trekking to that little grocery store, I started to reuse my bags.

Recently, there have been many articles about whether to ban plastic bags in Sonoma County. It seems that stores and shoppers must have their bags, and the Legislature will be the only force to change people's habits.

As you probably guessed, I cart my bags to stores. In reply to those who say, “Oh, I just can't remember my bags,” it took me about a year to completely solidify the habit. And, if I forgot them, I would penalize myself by buying a bag at the grocery store.

How many people realize that we are already paying for single-use plastic bags? Our taxes are paying people to help keep our communities, oceans and open spaces clean.

LISA NUSSDORFER

Petaluma

Friends or bullies?

EDITOR: How can neighbors be friends when one lies to, devalues and deflects the fact-based concerns of the other (“Neighbors, not always friends,” Pete Golis, Sunday)? Easy: require a socio-economic impact assessment for consensus.

One can walk through empty county and city office spaces and easily imagine a safe haven for homeless of all ages. Each office could become an apartment. Gosh, what a wonderful way to help them.

No, instead find a subset with high percentages of addiction, mental problems and behavior resulting in judicial corrections and rent to them in a free building needing millions of dollars in upgrades. Have a tiny staff, just 30 percent of them professionally licensed. Upsize a 1970s housing model that results in frequent police intervention. Make weekly police calls the norm.

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