Rob Roper, in his article, "Plastic bag ban an overstep," is out in left field on this one. He creates a picture of a law outlawing plastic bags as a government edict, not a legislative bill. Government is at times needed to order people to do things, like in times of war. Roper is right about government and seems to omit the fact people need these laws to do the right things.

It's the human nature problem: most folks disobey common sense issues, like seat belts and littering, that make laws needed.

Our environment is more important than an intellectual essay on totalitarian government. These plastic bags are not biodegradable and need to be banned.

Thomas W. King

Shaftsbury

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