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Letters to the Editor

Tips on cutting plastic use

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter because July is International Plastic Free Month. Here are some recommendations for eliminating plastic:

• Call upon City Council members and our mayor to enact a plastic bag fee at checkout, at stores in Joliet. This fee could be from 10 cents to up to a dollar a bag for people who don’t bring their own bags when shopping. The fee needs to be high enough to provide a strong incentive for all of us to bring our own cloth shopping bags with us when we shop. And store bags should be made of recycled paper only, not plastic.

• Stop buying water in plastic bottles and instead use a stainless-steel bottle filled with filtered water. High-quality water filters are available.

• Use an alternative to plastic sandwich bags such as cloth food wraps, available online and at Trader Joe’s. Also, metal bento lunch boxes are a great alternative to plastic bags when packing a lunch.

• Recycle plastic bags in the recycling receptacle at Jewel and other stores; other items that can be recycled there include cereal box plastic bags (shake out the crumbs first), clean plastic produce bags, plastic newspaper sleeves and punctured plastic packing pillows and bubble wrap. These items are recycled by the Trex Company, and the recycled plastic is used to make park benches and bird houses.

• Check Will County Green’s website for information on styrofoam recycling. It is possible to recycle it locally.

Let’s celebrate International Plastic Free Month by taking action to reduce our use of plastic and increase our recycling of plastic (when it is not possible to avoid using it).

Jenifer Garlitz

Joliet C.A.R.E. (Citizens Against Ruining the Environment) member

Homophobic letter troubling

To the Editor:

Wayne Lela, your July 9 letter, I believe, shows you to have a huge homophobia.

As one that believes in live and let live, I’d like to ask, how does the Gay Pride parade or a person being gay affect your life? Have you ever been assaulted by a gay person? If not, then why are you so incensed by their being?

Like you, I also believe it’s abnormal to be gay. If it were normal, humans would cease to be, but unlike you, I refuse to condemn someone for what is probably a hormone imbalance they were born with.          

Not being an expert on the writings of Plato like yourself, I’m unaware of his and “thinking people’s” opinion on homosexuality. I find it odd that you tout Plato’s and “thinking people’s” knowledge from centuries ago that homosexuality is immoral and yet assert that gays are now trying to drag us back 2,000 years when “primitive and ignorant people valued being gay.”

I ask that you join the thinking people and acknowledge that our whole system of government in America is based on Greco-Roman organizational ideas from 3,000 years ago when behavior that harms no other was at least allowed to be.

I think myself to be a “progressive” and you think my values are “warped.” That’s fine, we’re all entitled to our opinion on whom to hate, despise and ridicule.

But again, I’ll wager that your list of people to hate is far longer than mine. I’ll pray for the day that you understand, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!” My Lord was a progressive! That’s why the ruling party’s conspired to kill him.

Charles M. Dettlinger


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