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    A Plastic Bag Ban and the Abuse of Power

    Newport Daily News journalist Marcia Pobzeznik reports that plastic-bag-ban mania has hit Tiverton, and residents should take note of the futility of the advocacy and the disturbing instincts of elected officials. Start with the disturbing instincts.  Council member Patricia Hilton, whose suggested response to the scourge of plastic bags comes straight out of George Orwell's 1984, in which the government unleashes school children as in-the-home spies: ... Councilwoman Patricia Hilton said she has picked up a lot of plastic bags while cleaning Fogland and Grinnell's beaches, and even sees the tattered bags stuck to tree branches. But before an ordinance is drafted to ban the bags, she said, there needs to be discussions with merchants. She also suggested educating children about the benefits of reusable bags versus single-use plastic bags because they will police their parents. Hilton apparently believes that government's providing educational services creates an excellent opportunity to manipulate children into conflict with their parents to advance a cause whenever a handful of elected officials agree with activists that the cause is righteous.  While one would have to research how much class time must be devoted to an issue in order to turn children into a government youth corps, Tiverton parents might rightly wonder whether the school district's academic results illustrate available slack in the school day.  Just 28% of Tiverton high school students are proficient in math and fewer than half in reading.  Perhaps indoctrination can wait until those results improve. On the other hand, perhaps the school department could seize…

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  • Photo of Building and Zoning When the Town Council Doesn’t Act on Broad Agreement

    Building and Zoning When the Town Council Doesn’t Act on Broad Agreement

  • Photo of New Owner of Brayton Point Announced

    New Owner of Brayton Point Announced

  • Photo of Fiore to Greener Pastures Across the Bay

    Fiore to Greener Pastures Across the Bay

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