By Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views
Government when it acts never cares about the unintended consequences. In this case, we KNEW the consequences of ending the right to use plastic grocery bags without paying a fee. Now we use dirty, unhealthy cotton or solid plastic bags that we all knew would hold germs from vegetables, meats, chicken, fruit and other purchases. Now, it could be a cause of the coronavirus.
“The COVID-19 outbreak is giving new meaning to those “sustainable” shopping bags that politicians and environmentalists have been so eager to impose on the public. These reusable tote bags can sustain the COVID-19 and flu viruses — and spread the viruses throughout the store.
Researchers have been warning for years about the risks of these bags spreading deadly viral and bacterial diseases, but public officials have ignored their concerns, determined to eliminate single-use bags and other plastic products despite their obvious advantages in reducing the spread of pathogens. In New York state, a new law took effect this month banning single-use plastic bags in most retail businesses, and this week Democratic state legislators advanced a bill that would force coffee shops to accept consumers’ reusable cups — a practice that Starbucks and other chains have wisely suspended to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus.
Regressives running the legislature could be the cause of the spreading of the coronavirus. The Left is both scientifically and economically illiterate—and we pay the penalty with health problems and economic disasters.
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Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views. Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant. http://capoliticalnews.com/