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New Jersey’s ban on single-use plastic retail baggage, and on paper baggage in supermarkets, has run headlong into the regulation of unintended penalties. The NJ Advance Media article, “On-line grocery orders reveal bag ban glitch,” clearly reveals how banning all single-use baggage from some retailers was not properly thought out as to the results.

I agree with the ban on single-use plastic baggage, however the ban on paper baggage was simply pandering to the grocery store foyer. (Reportedly, grocers wanted the paper-bag ban added so they might not have to provide out expensive paper sacks instead of far-cheaper plastic ones.) The unintended consequence is the large accumulation of reusable bags by individuals who get on-line grocery orders.

The easy answer?

Rescind the ban on paper baggage, as steered by state Sen. Michael Testa, R-Cumberland. However nothing is straightforward in New Jersey politics. That is proven by the alternate suggestion of bag-ban co-sponsor Sen. Bob Smith, D-Middlesex, that reusable baggage during which on-line orders are shipped be returned to the purchasing service and reused — after they are sanitized.


Who might be accountable for sanitization? Who will certify that the baggage are sanitized? Extra importantly, who can pay for this, and can that value be handed on to the buyer?

Hopefully, the Legislature will rescind the ban on grocery store paper baggage, as a substitute of maybe organising a complete new state division, The Division of Sanitized Reusable Luggage.

Santi Condorelli, Verona

We’re not Iran, however ladies face threats right here, too

Hundreds of Iranians are protesting within the streets. The dying of a 22-year-old girl arrested for violating Islamic gown code died inside hours of being taken into police custody as a result of her hair confirmed beneath her hijab, and her pants have been too tight.

Masha Amini’s death hit a nerve among women and men. The Iranian authorities is squelching protests and imposing an web blackout. Authoritarianism, with spiritual fervor, is on daring show in Iran.

Will that occur right here? No. American ladies aren’t in peril of arrest for improper head masking or garments. However they, and those that assist them, are in peril of prosecution in the event that they search an abortion within the improper state.

With the Roe v. Wade resolution overruled, there’s no U.S. constitutional proper to abortion. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has introduced a federal ban on abortions carried out after 15 weeks of being pregnant. Rights primarily based on privateness are in peril by a conservative U.S. Supreme Courtroom majority.

Most Republicans in congressional midterm election avoid mentioning abortion. They focus as a substitute on what Democrats have supposedly wrought: extra unlawful immigration, gun restrictions, extra crime, inflation. They favor stricter voting guidelines, continued reliance on fossil fuels, and limits on what lecturers can train. They tout respect for regulation enforcement, however are silent about Jan. 6, 2021, when Donald Trump supporters bludgeoned police and screamed “Hold Mike Pence!”

Bear in mind which occasion is sliding us towards authoritarianism if you vote within the Nov. 8 election. It’s not the Democratic Occasion.

Ann Pompelio, Brigantine

Weak insurance policies, not gun entry, make the distinction

Regarding the headline, “…Most N.J. residents want tougher federal gun laws, but are split on ownership issues,” a couple of current Rutgers-Eagleton ballot:

I discover headlines like this one to be a problem. Residents have been lied to by politicians for years. I feel what residents need is getting criminals off of the road. The catch-and-release insurance policies used on skilled criminals is the issue — and has been, for years.

Get up, New Jersey. If you need a protected place so that you can reside and luxuriate in touring wherever within the state, eliminate elected politicians who observe soft-on-crime insurance policies. Do your homework. If a candidate helps no-bail suspect launch or sanctuary-city insurance policies, vote to take away them by utilizing your “time period restrict” possibility on the voting sales space.

These insurance policies are permitting this mess to happen, not the gun legal guidelines. I feel most individuals perceive this however are afraid to say it. Say it on the voting sales space. Herald new lawmakers who run on tough-on-crime platforms.

Steven Birnbaum, Monroe Township, Middlesex County

N.J. making an attempt bait and swap with sex-ed

Regarding the current Star-Ledger editorial, “The silent majority has it right on sex ed:”

There’s a malicious program coming to New Jersey public colleges. Many years in the past, intercourse schooling could be studied strictly as a organic curriculum. It might cowl human copy through complimentary female and male anatomical attributes. After I studied biology in highschool, Chapter 27 lined that side.

However “intercourse schooling” has been turned the wrong way up not too long ago with new state pointers. What’s actually coming to public colleges is “gender instruction.” Gender is a social assemble, comprising varied psychological traits along with organic ones. The outrage expressed by some mother and father is that they consider gender ideology doesn’t belong in public colleges.

In accordance with state requirements, fifth graders ought to be capable of distinguish between sexual orientation and gender id. What that really means is that fifth graders ought to know the distinction amongst heterosexual, gay and cross-gender identities of their classmates and the world past public colleges.

Even with parental option to have college students choose out of this instruction, the subjects might be conversed about throughout lunch durations and recess. Fifth graders are too younger and impressionable to be contemplating all of those choices, particularly when the steering comes from public faculty sources.

Dan Pryor, Belvidere

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