San Francisco gets it; Anchorage does not

The good news: A city is moving to ban reusable shopping bags to prevent coronavirus from reaching grocery carts and counters.

The bad news: It is not Anchorage.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is barring customers from bringing their own bags, mugs, or other reusable items to essential stores. Like grocery stores. It should be noted the City by the Bay was not only a leader in the war on one-time-use plastic bags, but in 2007 was one of the first cities in the U.S. to ban them.

In Anchorage, a ban on the one-use plastic bags remains solidly in effect despite the obvious health risks. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz did, however, suspend the city’s ridiculous 10-cent fee for disposable paper bags in retail establishments, such as grocery stores. We feel so much safer.

The fee was supposed to browbeat us into using grocery-supplied paper bags or bringing our own reusable bags to stores to rid the land of the one-use plastic bags that were introduced years ago to save trees and prevent the extinction of critters such as spotted owls.

Three Bears grocery stores temporarily have banned reusable bags because of the health risks. The Anchorage Assembly should move to do the same and ban use of reusable bags in critical locations and allow the one-time-use plastic bags.

And quickly.

3 Responses to San Francisco gets it; Anchorage does not

  1. RevBill April 3, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Lower your expectations.
    Here’s one lesson Anchorage’s San Francisco Treat should learn from his beloved home town. Maybe it’s the one thing his mentors weren’t aware of at the time.

  2. Freefall April 3, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    You expect the current (and probably future, since only public employees seem to vote) Anchorage Assembly to LEARN and ACT RATIONALLY?!?
    Oy vey.

  3. John London April 4, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Berk no wiz…said on a radio program one time that something or other would drag women back into the kitchen like the 1950’s.
    This lock step, knee jerk bromide of utter contempt for the American family has it’s roots in early communism in the Soviet Union and only strengthens fraudulent Identity Politics.

    Maybe now women are being dragged back into the kitchen because of Covid -19 and maybe that is a good thing?
    Maybe we will see less family disfunction, stronger marriages, less divorce and less substance abuse for the leftist dems to prey upon creating lucrative jobs and big money with their VIC Victim Industrial Complex and fake “We Care” programs as they stiff Alaskans out of their PFD to pay for all of the evil black gravy train from engine to caboose.


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