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Dear Editor:

I’m really proud to live in a town where we can stand behind our elected officials when they take a stand for the environment. The Aspen City Council passed an ordinance to ban plastic bags at our two grocery stores starting May 1. This is an important and courageous step.

Yes, it would be better if government didn’t have to step in, but unfortunately, we are making a mess of things, and we are not taking responsibility as citizens. As with speed limits, designated wilderness areas, etc., sometimes the government needs to step in for the greater good. And no, it does not mean they will be taking away your guns any time soon.

Basalt and Carbondale both passed similar ordinances, and the citizens of those towns decided they wanted to vote on this issue. I encourage all residents of Basalt and Carbondale to stand behind their elected officials and support this effort to reduce waste. Our landfills are full, plastic is collecting – to the tune of a “patch” twice the size of Texas in the ocean – killing thousands and thousands of birds and sea animals every year.

This is unacceptable.

Reusable bags, made by a local sewing cooperative in Rifle, are available and will be given away for free by the city of Aspen starting in May. Please help spread the word and keep this positive. I also would like to encourage all other restaurants and shops to voluntarily comply with the bag ordinance and get rid of plastic bags and Styrofoam and unrecyclable containers ASAP. We should be proud to live in a town that takes a stand for the environment.

Thanks to the council for passing this ordinance and thank you to all who have supported it. Get out and vote April 3 in Basalt and Carbondale.

Gina Guarascio Murdock

Aspen


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