To the editor of THE EAGLE:

The Berkshire Eagle’s letters to the editor section never fails to amuse. This time it’s Richard Needelman’s March 6 letter concerning the ban on disposable shopping bags in Great Barrington.

If I understand him correctly, he is upset because "I am being forced to fill my car with reusable bags since I don’t know in advance what I’ll be buying in the store until I am in it... and I am being forced to plan my purchases in advance." Richard, I think you will find that the proper way to handle this complicated technical problem is to keep a few bags in your car at all times, that way you don’t have to plan your purchases in advance. And unless you are a candidate for the TV show "Hoarders," you will find that storing four large reusable shopping bags takes up approximately 1.7 percent of your trunk space -- yes, I did the math.

In addition, the comment that the disposable bag ban does little to actually save the planet is simply unsupported by fact. Disposable bags are used for a couple of minutes and then end up in landfills. In the US, over 2.5 million tons of plastic are used to produce disposable bags each year with only 4 percent of that being recycled. So by slightly changing your behavior, you can help keep this waste stream out of our landfills.

And to address your last concern, the cost of buying the reusable bags, Please email me (