On June 7, 2016 the Town of Watertown’s Town Council (Council) voted to enact, “AN ORDINANCE FOR A SINGLEUSE PLASTIC BAG REDUCTION” (Ordinance) thus eliminating one more personal choice for Watertown residents at the behest of a minority of people and their agenda.
The Ordinance’ position is overly broad and flawed. It puts town based retailers at a distinct competitive disadvantage while inconveniencing everyone who patronizes them. Worse, in its current inflexible iteration it is punitive, where it not only fines our local retailers for non-compliance, but can make town employees ordinance enforcement officials at the whim of the Town Manager.
What is striking is that while the Council knew the Ordinance’ inherent flaws, Council moved to pass it anyway. Those who most vociferously supported this needless Ordinance did so to honor the past opponents of plastic bags or, oddly, out of an urgency to out legislate state and federal governments.
Thus, our current Council clearly prioritizes
- Whims of the past over the current lives of the people of Watertown
- Besting state and federal laws at the expense of protecting our choices
- Enacting an admittedly flawed Ordinance that punishes our local businesses
Council’s proclivity towards acting in the role of nanny to a group of people who neither desire or want childminding is downright intrusive. How much more does the Council get to take from us, before we stop them from intruding on our freedoms?
Resident of Watertown, MA.