Unless there was "ballot-stuffing" by a few individuals in town, it's unfathomable to me that 40% of the respondents honestly feel that it is justifiable to own assault weapons and large-ammunition clips. I think that those who read the 2nd Amendment, interpreting it as the right for ANY person to possess such powerful weapons that didn't exist at the time, without considering the likely purpose and intent back in 1791, are somewhat misguided. View Comment
It is unfortunate that there remain some in Darien who do not recognize the real damage being done to our environment by insisting on the use of plastic bags; or even worse, that they make not care.
The question of fairness, or rights, is consistently cited as the argument against a mandate. I feel that the persistent efforts of those many who are acting to restore and maintain our waters, are being compromised by fellow Darienites; being forced to work all the more to offset the indifference (or perhaps selfishness) of others. We, in this educated and thoughtful community, have a right and obligation to do what is humanly and reasonably possible to ensure a clean and healthy environment that we can ALL share.
Given the corporate policy of Darien stores contributing most to these plastic pollutants, it’s safe to say now that a voluntary approach will not work. There will still be those consumers who will insist on filling 5, 10 or more plastic bags, only to end up in our rivers or shoreline -- even if they are temporarily repurposed.
I’m sure there were those in Westport who also cited their “rights” in opposition to a ban on plastic bags. However, it seems that the Westport community and commerce survived this action, as they recognized as an ever-worsening situation in their own surroundings. Surely, we in Darien as a whole ALSO care enough and are erudite enough to weather a very temporary inconvenience as we transition to a cleaner environment.
As quoted by Mr. Filmer in an email reference in The Daily Darien, "One of the things good government can do is save us from ourselves…"