In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email or Facebook.
Last week's question:
Pittsburg has banned plastic bags, Brentwood and Oakley are now considering it. What do you think about it?
I THINK THEY should just implement a CRV for them and encourage recycling like with plastic bottles and aluminum. We recycle them, but, for the life of me, I can't ever remember my reusable bags.
THERE GOES my extra garbage bags for doggy do, bathroom trash cans, and bags for swap sales
THERE ARE PROBABLY more important issues facing East County cities these days. However, most pertinent studies have acknowledged that a single-use plastic ban bag is an environmental and quality of life issue.
Look around East County and you can see "urban tumbleweeds" blowing everywhere -- a nice little blight. They gum up our street sweepers and sewer drains. They get into our Delta and form a "marine soup" and then, eventually migrate to the San Francisco Bay and the ocean where they cause major harm to sea life. Such a ban does demand public support. Indeed, residents need to voice their honest opinion to their city governments.
PLASTIC BAGS ARE legal items and banning them interferes with commerce. We use ours for groceries, trash and picking up after our dogs. If Brentwood bans them, then I will not shop there, but will do so in Antioch.
This week's question:
Vaping or puffing on inhalers, sometimes known as electronic cigarettes or vape pens, is all the rage now. The devices use small batteries to heat a flavored liquid until it produces a vapor, which may contain varying levels of nicotine, but no tobacco smoke is produced. What do you think of this new craze?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday, Oct. 28.