Better Off Without – Letter to the Editor, East Hampton Star, January 12, 2015

Dear David:

On behalf of the fish and the birds, I would like to thank the East Hampton Town Board for enacting a ban on plastic shopping bags, despite the threats by the National Plastic Bag Alliance, or whatever the purveyors of such wastefulness call themselves.

A ban on helicopters would be even more popular (with people, as well as fish and birds) on the East End, as helicopters are far more invasive than plastic bags. As for the threat of a lawsuit by helicopter operators, please. Surely we have the rights and resources to defend ourselves from such nonsense. The town board is pledged to protect us and needs to do it.

It is beyond obvious that this community is much better off without helicopters overhead — ever. No one should be asked to do anything more to demonstrate the obvious.