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posticon Editorial - The Coming Bag Ban (Bad)

Opinions | Friday, November 29, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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In only three months plastic grocery bags will be a thing of the past across New York State, and it will cost five cents in Tompkins County for each paper bag you get at the checkout counter.  The State and County are pushing us to bring our own reusable shopping bags whenever we need groceries. No doubt we'll adapt, but there are two major issues with this plan.  The first is the most obvious: remembering to bring our own bags is a lot less convenient. 

If you take environmental issues out of the mix, the current system is the best match for human nature.  You go to the store. You get stuff. The store gives you something to carry your stuff in.  No additional activity by the shopper is required (except paying).

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posticon Thoughts - DC Dollars, the College Board Sells Your Data, and Math

Opinions | Friday, November 29, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts Quick, what/who do you think is the biggest (by dollars spent) lobbying organization in the United States? I'll bet you didn't think of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, did you?? Howsabout $94.8 million spent by those proponents of American free enterprise to sway congressional opinion and action?? As a matter of fact, the C of C was a primary presenter of a 'friend of the court' memo in the DACA case before the Supreme Court last week (the organization strongly supports the 'Dreamer' program, with good reasoning).

Who's in second place in the dollar race in Washington? Would you believe the National Association of Realtors ringing up $72.8 million in lunches, dinners, snacks, swag and 'favors' (should I say quid pro quo?) for our esteemed legislators. Third place? The 'Open Society Policy Center', a progressive organization tied to George Soros.

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