I completely disagree with Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich's "no" vote on banning single-use plastic bags in the county and his reasons for doing so ("Not the proper time for a bag ban," Nov. 24).
He claims it puts an unfair burden on the consumer and businesses. I say not banning single-use plastic bags puts an unfair burden on our environment. And, like it or not, we need our environment to be healthy or we won't have anything left to consume.
No one can deny that our environment has been badly abused. Anyone who wants to argue the point should do so from the top of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch floating off the coast of California. From smog alerts, to toxic waste flooding entire villages, to massive oil spills (those plastic bags are petroleum products, folks) we are all consumers in every sense of the word and, frankly, it's time to pay the piper.