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Jim Patterson is out of touch 

Atascadero

Over the years, one of the hardest people to pin down is current supervisor Jim Patterson; I have ensured that he had his vegetarian meal at functions I worked on, walked by him on the street, and, unless I walk up to him face to face, he has yet to acknowledge my presence. On one of these occasions, I told him I didn’t think the plastic bag ban was fair and was not “the right thing to do.” Of course he expounded on all the statistics, but he didn’t really listen to what I had to say.

I do use reusable bags and take them to the store, but if I don’t have enough with me, I don’t want to have to pay for an additional bag! I reuse my plastic bags to take books to the library, to use in my kitchen waste bag, to give to customers at a swap meet. For my entire life, grocery bags—paper or plastic—have always been made available to the customer without a charge! Sure, there’s a “hidden” charge factored into the cost of whatever one buys, but an upfront charge for bags? Come on!

This 2012 election is about the culture of our county. Do we want more over-reaching ordinances like the unpopular plastic bag ban that has heavy fines and even potential jail sentences for businesses that don’t comply, or do we want an environment that encourages new-job-creating businesses in our county? We are living in America! For me, the choice is clear. We need to be encouraging economic development, not throwing up barriers to potential new businesses. If you agree, I would urge you to join me in voting for Debbie Arnold for 5th District supervisor on June 5.

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