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To the editor:

In the March 23, 2012 issue of the Bainbridge Review your editorial cites that an amazing “more than 8 million plastic bags are used on Bainbridge Island each year.”

Wow. With a 2010 census population of 23,025 that means an average of almost seven bags for each of those individuals every week. Since I know that the three people in my family use nothing like that, and when you take into account all the children not likely using bags, I wonder who is using all the others? Who came up with that number?

And in the same issue a letter from Don Mannino wonders if toilet paper size will next be restricted. Does he know that without regulation we have already been getting less for some time? The width of toilet paper rolls has been getting narrower and the size of individual sheets smaller. We may still be getting “1,000 sheets per roll” but there is a lot less paper — for the same or a higher price! Check beer bottles, too. Some still give you the usual 12 ounces, but watch out for the new 11.5 oz versions. Less for more.

If you want a real issue take a look some night at how many cars are on the road with only one headlight. This state has no annual safety inspection and no apparent enforcement, so there is little motivation to be sure that both headlights (and taillights) are working.

A car pulled out of the Safeway parking lot the other night (no idea how many plastic bags inside) with no headlights and only one working taillight. It virtually disappeared into the night.

NORMAN MARTEN

Bainbridge Island

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