Re "Ban single-use plastic bags; they need to go" (Editorial, May 18): The current legislative attempt to ban plastic shopping bags is a punitive retrograde command and control approach that is not in harmony with California's progressive attitude toward solving social problems and concerns. We are willing to spend billions on mega projects such as therapeutic stem cell research, high-speed rail and a water diversion project to save the largest fresh water estuary on the West Coast. Why not devote a small portion of our resources to fund research at our schools and in the private sector to develop a biodegradable plastic bag?
The proposed 10 cents a bag penalty could be redirected to fund this research. The state would retain a small royalty on any patent obtained from use of its funds. This may not be a legacy-creating project, but its effects eventually would be worldwide.
-- Frank Yeamans, Sacramento