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Letters to the Editor: 9-11-17

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September 11, 2017 - 12:05am

The brown bag conspiracy

Why is it that we the people allow our politicians to hoodwink us into being taken advantage of over and over? In this case, it is all about getting rid of plastic bags (an impossibility) and, most allusively, force us to buy paper bags to place our merchandise in.

It is so dumb and stupid for us to allow this disservice of charging for a bag after we have purchased their, the stores’, merchandise. Back before the “ban plastic” bag craze hit, our merchandise was packed into a paper bag to be followed by merchants converting to plastic. All at no cost to the customer. That was because the cost of those bags, known as a “hidden cost,” was simply incorporated into the cost of whatever and wherever you did your purchasing (Ace, Macy’s or the super market).

Now, when it comes time to do away with plastic, why are we penalized and inconvenienced by first having to buy a carry in bag (that we mostly forget in our cars) or second, purchase a paper bag over the counter to bag stuff we bought from the purveyor. A bag whose cost is already factored into the mix of things. It’s simply “double-dipping” by the purveyor brought on by politicians who (are working for you) allow merchants to in this case pick up an extra 5 cents a bag (soon to be following I followed by Honolulu’s fine on their people or is it just another tax of 15 cents per bag).

If you don’t believe that the businesses haven’t already factored in the cost of bags into your merchandise you are the one I want to sell beachfront property in Waimea to.

Hugo von Platen Luder

Holualoa

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