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From: Michael Greven
Received: Oct. 22
Cities, states and nations the world over are beginning to recognize that single-use plastic bags are a significant environmental, social and financial negative for their communities. There are no positives to the single-use plastic bag other than convenience. For that convenience there is a tall price for all.
Plastic bags do not degrade for hundreds of years ... yes, hundreds of years. They clog sewer systems, wreak havoc on our land and river systems, damage farm machinery and just look plain terrible hanging from trees and fences.
They do offer a splendid place for breeding mosquitoes and other undesirable pests, but that is far from a positive. Burning plastics is horribly unhealthy to individuals and the environment. Most critically, burning plastics releases cancer-causing dioxins into the air.
My question is simple. Can Mayor Kristen Brown, the City Council and County Council take the brave step forward and make Columbus and Bartholomew County a plastic bag-free city? That will take a bit of backbone. Columbus will be much the better for it, and hopefully other communities in our state would take the initiative and follow suit.
I have been a proud Hoosier for 55 years, and although we may not always be the first to do something, we do recognize when something is good or bad. Single-use plastic bags are bad for Hoosiers, and we need someone to take the lead for positive change in our state.
It would be great if that change could come from Columbus in lieu of Lafayette, Indianapolis, South Bend or Bloomington. Given that Brown is a champion for the recycling program, I think she has the backbone that it takes to help improve our community and state by leading the charge to eliminate single-use plastic bags.
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