The Gainesville City Commission has recently taken away our freedom to choose paper straws or plastic straws.
Of course we should clean up our waterways and take care of our environment. The correct solution should be to jail or fine the litterbug. But no, that’s too logical — it makes too much sense.
Obviously, our city commissioners don’t think you can decide things for yourself. Creeping socialism is taking our individual rights away. “He who sacrifices freedom and liberty for anything deserves neither” is an axiom. I would rather be free than live in the gilded cage of a tyrannical government.
As for climate change, what’s worse for the planet, the paper straw or the plastic straw? The paper straw is worse for our environment than the plastic straw.
Paper straws have a higher carbon footprint than plastic straws. Paper straws accelerate global warming faster than plastic straws. Paper straws give off more greenhouse gases to manufacture than plastic straws.
Man-made global warming is bad. We should be doing things to slow down global warming.
To all the environmentalists out there: We don’t like cutting trees! Paper straws are made from trees. Trees oxygenate our atmosphere and provide habitat for wildlife.
Plastic straws are better than paper straws because we don’t have to kill trees. I’m a real environmentalist, a Chief Seattle environmentalist: ”Whatever we do to the web of life, we do to ourselves.”
Water is essential for life. Paper straws use more water to manufacture than plastic straws. There’s an old saying: “You don’t know the value of water until you have none.”
I choose to go with the option that uses less drinking water. Plastic straws are better than paper straws because they use less water to make.
Plastic straws can also be recycled. Plastic straws not being recycled is a waste management issue. Paper straws end up in the landfill because their fibers are too short to be recycled.
Industry needs a better way to recycle. Waste management likes to dump in landfills. Innovative recycling programs are needed to recycle plastic straws and plastic bags.
I choose the item that can be recycled instead of the items that will just end up in the landfill. Plastic can be recycled back into oil and then fuel. Two pounds of plastic straws equals one quart of oil.
Can you decide for yourself, or do you need government to decide for you? I am free to think for myself. Let’s jail and fine litterbugs and keep our freedom and liberty to choose what type of straws we want to use instead.
To all the women who believe that they should be in control of their bodies: Shouldn’t we be pro-choice? The answer is yes. We are guaranteed freedom and liberty by God and the U.S. Constitution.
Freedom and liberty are worth fighting for. We cannot have peace without freedom and liberty.
The plastic straw is better than the paper straw. Plastic straws are cheaper to make, they work better, they use less water to manufacture, they have a lower carbon footprint and are recyclable. Also, beverages taste better to me from a plastic straw instead of a paper straw.
Contact your city officials and tell them how you feel! Email Mayor Lauren Poe and the city commissioners at [email protected] or call them at 352-334-5000 and tell them you want plastic straws back or you’ll be voting them out of office next election.
All it takes for tyranny to prevail is for a few good people to do nothing. Tell them this is the last straw, this is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Tell them you are OK with the compostable food containers but you want your right to choose and use plastic straws back.
Richard Selwach lives in Gainesville.