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Mailbag: Bag ban yes, but Styrofoam no: Why?

April 30, 2014

Editor's note: This email was also sent to Huntington Beach Councilman Jim Katapodis, who responds below.

Let me start with this basic question of Councilman Jim Katapodis: What is the difference between plastic bags and Styrofoam containers environmentally?

Why is it you voted to ban bags but voted against a polystyrene ban?

Why don't council members want to allow the residents their given right to vote on issues that affect them? Do you not represent the taxpayers? At least let us decide the direction we should take and not force us to follow an anarchistic approach based on your own interests and agenda.

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This seems to be a trend for liberals and conservatives — I am neither. I'm just an educated and opinionated citizen who feels that the rights of the voters are being trampled on by self-aggrandizing political representatives — local, state and federal — who have no regard for the constituency and believe that everyone thinks as they do on every issue. Wrong!

Oh, they will say "this is what I heard" from my contacts in the community, but is that not jaded? How much time do you spend with folks — outside of your comfort zone and network — especially those with dissenting views? What do the majority want? If they agree, fine, but let the people speak and decide for themselves. Remember, we pay your stipends as elected officials.

I was a child of the '60s long before saving the Earth was the Gucci thing to do, and before Prius cars and the maze of newbies decided to save the planet. I've been recycling all my life and been water wise. That was the lifestyle I have grown up with and continue to live.

My bane is political intrusion into people's choices and rights, whether or not you or I agree. Stand by our Founding Fathers' agenda and faith in creating a democracy. Let the people vote on matters that affect them.

It is America, is it not?

Drew Kovacs

Huntington Beach

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Why I voted to ban plastic and not polystyrene

I voted in support of the plastic bag ban based on what I have heard from Huntington Beach residents with whom I spoke, as well as emails and letters that I have received.

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