The Beaufort Gazette (Sunday) - - Opinion -

I read with in­ter­est the re­cent con­trib­u­tor who opined on the fruit­less­ness of our county ban on plas­tic bags. I whole­heart­edly agree, but for an en­tirely dif­fer­ent rea­son.

You see, like most re­spon­si­ble dog lovers, we take our ca­nines for fre­quent walks to let them sniff out their sur­round­ings and to re­lieve them­selves. For years, we had re­lied upon those han­dled gro­cery store plas­tic bags to se­cure and trans­port the de­posits — all without in­ci­dent.

No more.

Here’s the prob­lem. Our neigh­bor­hood gro­cery stores have been guilted into the re­cy­cling myth and no longer of­fer pa­per or plas­tic — only en­vi­ron­men­tally-sen­si­tive pa­per.

Pa­per bags may save the planet, but they sim­ply do not work for dog­gie de­posits. Ask any dog owner. Our en­viro friends quickly point to the ex­emp­tion pro­vi­sion au­tho­riz­ing han­dle­less dog­gie lit­ter bags. The prob­lem is that the ap­proved bags are de­signed for a dog the size of a ham­ster — mine are 80 pound labs.

Rather than fight Town Hall, we have re­sorted to hoard­ing old gro­cery store plas­tic bags with han­dles. Youmay be sur­prised as to how many friends and neigh­bors have a stash. Those sym­pa­thetic to our plight have gra­ciously gifted many of them to us. As our garage fills to ca­pac­ity, my thoughts have turned from ne­ces­sity to op­por­tu­nity. Given the num­ber of dog walk­ers in our com­mu­nity, we plan to start a lit­tle Bluffton cot­tage in­dus­try. We will call it The Bag Lady.

Only in Amer­ica. – Joel Ru­di­cil Bluffton

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