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Mailbag: Reusing everyday items makes sense

November 19, 2013

If you dispose of your clothes after wearing them once and you throw out your plate at the end of each meal, then our city's new rules regarding shopping bags might seem unnecessarily burdensome. However, if you use your apparel and plates many times, then your shopping bags should be reusable too.

While cleaning the items we use on a regular basis can certainly be inconvenient, it is the proper and sensible thing to do.

Chris Borg

Huntington Beach

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Polystyrene ban would make sense

Councilman Matt Harper will not support a ban on polystyrene and asks what prohibition will be next.

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I am sure someone asked that same question when authorities banned DDT, mercury in our water, bisphenol-A in baby bottles, and on and on. Responsible people take action to protect the world instead of seeing only the benefit or inconvenience to a tiny, tiny portion.

I suggest Harper take a walk along our beach between Brookhurst Street and the Santa Ana River. I have spent a lot of time picking up little pieces of polystyrene from between the rocks and on the beach. To a fish, I am sure, it looks just like food.

Sandra Fazio

Huntington Beach

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Let's move the fight to littering

In the letter "Polystyrene ban would be responsible" (Huntington Beach Independent, Nov. 7), the writer said, "I would like to challenge the youth of Orange County to take on the fight against polystyrene."

I agree with the challenge, but instead of directing action at a polystyrene ban, I would ask the youths of Orange County to take on the fight against littering. The youths should petition town councils to have the police strictly enforce litter laws. Furthermore, these warriors should shame their fellow students and elders when they litter.

Littering should become unacceptable, just like smoking in public places.

Anticipating police department claims of funding and manpower shortages, I would ask for a reassignment of drug and vice squads to the more socially responsible and productive function of enforcing litter laws.

Ernst F. Ghermann

Huntington Beach

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Shipley parking lot unnecessary

I attended the Nov. 13 presentation at the Huntington Beach Community Services Commission meeting on a proposed permanent public parking lot for the Shipley Nature Center.

But I must take exception with some points that were made.

It was stated that the lot would also provide parking for two playgrounds, Kathy Mays and Disc Course, but there already is sufficient parking for these venues closer than the proposed lot.

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