Straw Poll: No to plastic bag ban

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon,

The 76th Oregon Legislative Assembly is scheduled to convene on January 10, 2011. Among bills on the agenda likely to be the considered is a statewide ban on the use of plastic bags. Oregon would break ground among states doing away with single-use plastic checkout bags. If passed, the ban would go into effect November 2011. (Oregonian 12-23-10)

A straw poll of over 300 taxpayer activists voters were asked whether they support or oppose such a ban. The great majority say “no” to the ban.

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  • Founding Fathers

    “People who care only about themselves oppose a regulation that would help protect the environment.”

    • Bagger Vance

      A supplemental survey might reveal 83% also support shrink wrapping or at least containing FF’s posts.

    • Steve Plunk

      Painting with a broad brush Founding Fathers? How about people concerned with an already bad economy see this as another cost to burden business? How about people who oppose this see it as none of the legislatures business when more pressing problems have to be dealt with? Maybe people who oppose this understand it should be be the choice of the business and consumer?

      • Bagger Vance

        Like your post, hope FF concurs.

      • valley person

        Except that some consumers also choose to litter the state with plastic, this ends up damaging our common environment, and creates a cost to everyone. Like any form of pollution, it is cheaper for some to pass costs onto others.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      Typical Founding Fathers – when you dont have an argument, demonize.

      83% of the population can be judged as morally wrong based solely on their position regarding plastic bag usage.

      I think it says a lot about someone who would not only judge so many on an issue so small, but who would also go to the extra trouble to make a pronouncement to that effect.

      It is like I have often maintained – No one bears such resemblance to the red faced Bible thumper on the corner as many modern liberals. Few are as quick to judge and voice moral condemnation for differing opinions.

      This is exactly what we see here with FF’s statement.

      • valley person

        83% of the Taxpayer Association membership should not be confused with 83% of the population at large.

        • Rupert in Springfield

          Ahh yes, you are quite correct, I did make that mistake.

          Even so, I do find FF’s condemnation quite Falwell like.

          • valley person

            Falwell like? In what way?

    • Mary’s Opinion

      I carry reusable bags in my car for trips to the grocery store. Once in a while I forget them in the car or I buy more groceries than my reusable bags will hold and I end up using single use plastic bags the store provides. I reuse the store’s bags as garbage bags at home.
      I don’t care only about myself nor do I regularly oppose regulations that protect our environment. However, I do oppose a ban on single use plastic bags. I would encourage and reward folks to use reusable bags as often as possible.

  • Bob Clark

    I wish these activists in this poll were truly indicative of the the typical Oregon voter. But unfortunately, Multnomah County has few such free market, free spirit voters.

    What’s worse is RINO Senator Atkinson is also behind this unfactually founded ban proposal. There should be a rule whereby inorder to effect such new bans an existing ban or negative limitation has to be removed first. This way the government’s noose around our individual necks would not always get tighter after each legislative session.

    Instead of banning plastic bags, I would favor further limits on the government’s use of robotic like photo radar. Now there is a ban I wouldn’t mind.

    • Anonymous

      “What’s worse is RINO Senator Atkinson is also behind this unfactually founded ban proposal. ”

      Me thinks that Rinosuaratkinson is sucking up to the Multnomah socialistic electorate, in hopes of getting bonus points to cash in when Gov Retread has a hard attack, or retires in eight years.

      Me thinks that to win in Oregon, best to be a Democrat/Socialist (the real thing, not a wannabe RINO), rather than a suckup who is neither rodent (beaver) nor fowl (duck).

  • Baglady

    Listen up kiddies! There is so much more wrong with Oregon than plastic bags – this is nothing more than a diversion, funded by the unions, so we won’t even notice the thousands upon thousands of retirees sucking our public coffers dry through PERS. That’s what needs to be banned. Not bags.
    So while we go broke and help lead the nation in unemployment, let’s do something so we all can feel good. Something that will cost others money and time, but not ourselves.
    Great thinking here people. Great.

  • raindropchaser

    Hello Oregon. Just set down your bag of groceries on a day like Saturday (Jan 15) when you are trying to open your car door and you will understand why it is foolish to ban plastic bags in this state. (The reusable bags also leak, folks) I did notice that the idea was brought up last summer when people were not thinking so much about rain. Use the bags for trash can liners. I know someone who crochets them into rugs and even carrying purses.

  • Larryd

    Interesting. Thankfully nobody gives a shit what you lunatics think. Cheers.

  • Ron Swaren

    Plastic bags, along with other plastic packaging, are easy to recycle. In my neighborhood the QFC store has a bin for them at the door. I just stuff them all into another plastic bag and take a basketball size wad in, every few months.

  • ROSIA GREGG

    PAPER BAGS COME FROM TREES, ALL THE TREE HUGGERS REFUSE TO LET US HARVEST OUR TREES WHEN THEY ARE RIPE, INSTEAD WE HAVE TO LET THEM ROT AND BURN..SHOW ME ANY PLASTIC BAG THAT DOES NOT SELF DESTRUCT WHEN IT IS IN THE SUN, MY BACKSEAT, ETC. SHOW ME !!! WE REUSE OUR GROC SACKS FOR GARBAGE,DIRTYRAGS,SHOES,MUDDY BOOTS ETC. WE REUSE THEM !!HOW MANY TIMES CAN U REUSE A PAPERBAG??? SAVE A TREE !! USE PLASTIC GROC.BAGS !!

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