|Ban use of plastic bags in Eagle River stores|
Letter to the Editor:
Earth Day is near and in keeping with this special day, think about something meaningful we can do to celebrate the care of our world.
Many cities worldwide (even Chicago) are considering or have adopted ordinances which ban the use of plastic bags, the kind which merchants give to customers to carry their purchases home. The very real danger to wildlife and the harm to the environment in general by these bags cannot be disputed.I’m suggesting that the city of Eagle River adopt such a ban. We live in an area that is remarkably beautiful, yet sensitive to manmade dangers. How inspiring it would be if Eagle River chose to become the environmental leader of the North Woods!
We pride ourselves on the natural beauty of the trails, lakes and woods. Let’s also take pride in our leadership to preserve that which makes the North Woods special. If one business will adopt a self-policing approach, others will follow.
What a demonstration of civic pride it would be if one of our major grocery stores would take the lead, much as Donna’s Cafe did many years ago when the indoor smoking ban was an issue. It seems that such a presentation of Eagle River would enhance our reputation and also boost tourism year-round.
If you agree with this approach to save our environment, our wildlife and our woods from plastic bag harm, then let your merchants know, let the Eagle River City Council know. Together we can make a difference.
|Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:59 AM|