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By Luke Broadwater and Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
Baltimore might impose a 10-cent fee on every plastic and paper bag distributed by merchants in the city - a move praised by environmentalists as a litter deterrent but decried by some businesses who say it would hurt them and their shoppers. City Councilman Brandon M. Scott introduced a bill Monday to charge the fee on bags not just from supermarkets but from convenience stores, shops, service stations or any other "sales outlet" in Baltimore. He says the revenue could be used for parks and recreation but sees the legislation as an environmental measure.
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May 12, 2014
The bag tax is back, and we must admit it's current incarnation is a lot less objectionable than the earlier attempts. The proposal that's getting shopped around the Baltimore City Council (including at a public hearing to be held Tuesday morning at City Hall) would impose a 5-cent fee on plastic bags handed out by city stores. We still don't think it's the right time to impose yet another tax on city residents - and a particularly regressive one at that since the affluent are more apt to buy and use reusable bags - but we concede it's a much closer call than previous attempts.
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NEWS
May 12, 2014
The bag tax is back, and we must admit it's current incarnation is a lot less objectionable than the earlier attempts. The proposal that's getting shopped around the Baltimore City Council (including at a public hearing to be held Tuesday morning at City Hall) would impose a 5-cent fee on plastic bags handed out by city stores. We still don't think it's the right time to impose yet another tax on city residents - and a particularly regressive one at that since the affluent are more apt to buy and use reusable bags - but we concede it's a much closer call than previous attempts.
NEWS
January 29, 2014
Where does letter writer David Liddle get off saying Baltimore's proposed tax on shopping bags would not have hurt anyone ( "All can afford a 10-cent bag," Jan. 27 When you go to the grocery store, there are usually 10 grocery bags at least. No one has the right to tell another person they can afford anything. Everyone's circumstances are different. If the "bag tax" were affordable, why are there so many people out of work and living on the streets, robbing and killing to get money any way they can?
FEATURES
By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | December 30, 1990
Q: How can I find out the value of some old Tarzan books I've had since I was a kid?A: Send for a copy of "A Reference and Price Guide to U.S. Books Written By Edgar Rice Burroughs," by James A. Bergen Jr., available for $11.95 postpaid from JO-D Books, 81 Willard Terrace, Stamford, Conn. 06903; phone (203) 322-0568.Q: My 94-year-old mother has a bag full of old pearl buttons she collected over the years. She insists they are of some value.A: Write to the National Button Society, c/o Lois Pool, 2733 Juno Place, Akron, Ohio 44313, or call (216)
NEWS
June 22, 1994
Two men, one of whom implied he had a gun, robbed the T. J. Maxx store in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway Monday of more than $300 worth of clothing, county police said yesterday.Both men escaped in a silver Mazda truck.Toni Coates, the night manager, told police the men came in about 7:15 p.m. and filled two shopping carts with men's clothes. They left the carts in the back of the store and walked to the front of the store, where one of the men reached behind the counter and took several shopping bags, police said.
NEWS
By Mike McGrew | March 4, 2009
Germans are widely praised - and sometimes, widely ridiculed - for their ruthless efficiency in business and government. They famously make the trains run on time. As I discovered while living in Badem, Germany, those traits carry over to the household level, too. The average German's environmental habits leave the average American's in the dust, whether by using natural fertilizers, recyclable shopping bags and energy-efficient appliances or by refusing to live in sprawling, car-dependent suburbs.
NEWS
By JACQUES KELLY | June 23, 2007
On a warm Saturday earlier this month, the Inner Harbor looked as good as the pictures in the travel brochures. I was downtown on a mission - shopping, now that a handful of new stores have opened on Pratt Street. Given the brisk business they were doing, I'll guess more will follow.
NEWS
January 24, 2014
If Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County residents and business are content with taxes on shopping bags, that's fine ( "Bag tax economics," Jan. 23). This is Baltimore. I believe residents and businesses should have a say about the 10-cent a bag charge. To enact this law without input from voters would be taxation without representation (and we know what that led to). When Baltimore citizens are gunned down on city streets, our mayor and City Council should have more on their minds than shopping bags.
EXPLORE
February 10, 2012
The proposed new tax on plastic shopping bags in Prince George's Countyproves once again that Maryland politicians are not only out of touch with reality but arrogantly push their personal agendas at the expense of the citizenry ("Lehman, Frush pushing for disposable bag fee," Leader , Feb. 2). Do they not see the thousands of empty, abandoned homes in this state? Do they care at all about the number of people who are in foreclosure because they cannot find jobs to pay for them?
NEWS
January 24, 2014
If Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County residents and business are content with taxes on shopping bags, that's fine ( "Bag tax economics," Jan. 23). This is Baltimore. I believe residents and businesses should have a say about the 10-cent a bag charge. To enact this law without input from voters would be taxation without representation (and we know what that led to). When Baltimore citizens are gunned down on city streets, our mayor and City Council should have more on their minds than shopping bags.
NEWS
January 24, 2014
With reference to the "bag tax" in Baltimore, how can 10 cents hurt anyone? To say that we are overtaxed is pretty ridiculous ( "Shoppers in city may see 10-cent bag fee Jan. 21). If a 10-cent tax is going to hurt someone, then certainly they are not paying any taxes already, so 10 cents won't hurt. Anyway, the whole point of the charge on shopping bags is to reduce pollution, so the answer should be obvious - don't throw the bags away. Take them back to the store with you next time and reuse them.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | January 20, 2014
The bag fee is back, at least in theory. A bill aimed at fighting litter in Baltimore by levying a fee on disposable plastic and paper bags is to get a hearing this week in City Hall. The City Council 's Judiciary and Legislative Investigations committee is scheduled to review the measure at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. If it's ultimately approved, Baltimore would join the District of Columbia, Montgomery County and about 100 other communities, most of them on the West Coast, in banning or charging fees on disposable bags.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
Baltimore might impose a 10-cent fee on every plastic and paper bag distributed by merchants in the city - a move praised by environmentalists as a litter deterrent but decried by some businesses who say it would hurt them and their shoppers. City Councilman Brandon M. Scott introduced a bill Monday to charge the fee on bags not just from supermarkets but from convenience stores, shops, service stations or any other "sales outlet" in Baltimore. He says the revenue could be used for parks and recreation but sees the legislation as an environmental measure.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2012
For the first time in decades, flouncy, flowered dresses, hat boxes and shopping bags filled a storefront window at Howard and Lexington streets, once the center of Baltimore's retail district. Ladies in pearls and long gloves, wild-haired hippies and a giant bag of Utz potato chips whirled around the first floor of the former Stewart's Department Store Sunday afternoon — on roller skates. The performers, part of Fluid Movement, a Baltimore group best known for its elaborate and creative water ballets, staged a play on skates commemorating the area's history as "The Hub," the center of city shopping in the era before malls.
EXPLORE
February 10, 2012
The proposed new tax on plastic shopping bags in Prince George's Countyproves once again that Maryland politicians are not only out of touch with reality but arrogantly push their personal agendas at the expense of the citizenry ("Lehman, Frush pushing for disposable bag fee," Leader , Feb. 2). Do they not see the thousands of empty, abandoned homes in this state? Do they care at all about the number of people who are in foreclosure because they cannot find jobs to pay for them?
NEWS
November 18, 1990
Fewer people this Thanksgiving than last can give thanks for the food on their table. A Maryland Food committee survey of 30 Central Maryland soup kitchens found their clientele to be up one-third in a year to 18,000 people. That's not the Third World; it's Greater Baltimore.The Bags of Plenty campaign of the Maryland Food Committee gives everyone an opportunity to help feed someone who desperately needs it. Contributing food or funds to this campaign will not save the world. It will keep a hungry Baltimorean fed a little longer.
NEWS
By Kristi E. Swartz and Kristi E. Swartz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | November 18, 1997
County police arrested three Chesapeake High School students yesterday on charges stemming from the theft of a car from a Mountain Road shopping center and a hit-and-run accident near another one.A man police did not identify was dropping off clothes at The Point cleaners at the Long Point Mall in the 4700 block of Mountain Road about 1: 30 p.m. when a youth approached and asked for 50 cents. He told the youth that he would give him the money when he came out of the store.But when he returned, the man's 1990 Mitsubishi, which was left running, and the youth were gone, police said.
EXPLORE
January 25, 2012
While the good intentions of a "plastic bag tax" for store shopping bags to prevent pollution is admirable, I do take one issue to Mr. Pasalic's letter (Leader, Jan. 19). Specifically the line "five cents never put anyone into poverty. " One thing is for certain, once you give the government an inch with taxes, they eventually take the mile. Take a look at your phone bill. Many years back the government said, "We're gonna add just a teeny weeny tax on your phone bill. It's just a few cents and it's for the children's education!"
EXPLORE
By Jeannette Kendall | July 27, 2011
Fall is a get-cozy season full of nostalgia and homey memories. We anticipate the newness of what Seventh Avenue will preview, yet we find security in a certain amount of predictability. Uncluttered is a word that captures the mood of many designers' new lines. Classically man-tailored looks are expected on the menu of this season's offerings. Think Faye Dunaway (you young ones can look that up) and you understand the classic elegance we have come to love in fall. These latest trends provide a winning combination of new twists with enough warm and fuzzies to satisfy designers and consumers alike.
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