Is Oregon going to follow California down the rabbit hole of plastic straw illegality? Eugene City Council recently held a work session to see if it would be feasible to Outlaw single use plastic food containers or use items. They are discussing drafting an Ordinance toward the goal of making it illegal to disseminate single use plastic items for food or drink consumption. While having already banned plastic bags in 2013. This reporter makes a simple choice when it comes to Eugene and their plastic bag ordinance, while I am concerned about the environment, it is not your job in government to choose for me whether or not I want a plastic bag, so I choose to buy my products elsewhere and Eugene just does not get my money. Springfield, I am sure appreciates the boon in business as there grocery stores and retail centers saw increases across the board after the 2013 ban. I am sure the same will happen this time if there is a ban on straws and plastic spoons, sporks, and such. We will see the fast food businesses in Springfield boom and the ones in Eugene suffer under government oppression and regulation. Remember it at the polls people, less government is good for Capitalism, more Government is bad. With Portland banning single use plastic items for food consumption, what worries me is that we may be following California down the Rabbit Hole they went down, a place of silliness and over regulation, who knows, next they will want us to be strapping fart collectors on the back of our deer so as to limit their effect on the environment. Regulation to a point is okay, but as we saw with former President Obama, over regulation will stifle an economy like a damper on a stove, open the damper, elect officials who will lift some regulation and watch your economy flourish. Contact your legislator and tell them, straws are okay, spoons and sporks are also okay, this is not California and if people want California then move there, please, don’t ruin our state just because you get your feelings hurt.
Written by Marie