Meg Tuthill wants to ban plastic bags in Minneapolis

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Tuthill used to own a balloon shop, but now she wants to ban plastic bags.
Meg Tuthill wants Minneapolis to join the growing list of cities across the country to pass laws banning plastic bags.

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"You know how we have certain things in our lives that we just can't stand? This is one of them for me," Tuthill told Ward 10 residents during a neighborhood meeting earlier this month, the Southwest Journal reports.

Unlike San Francisco, for example, Tuthill says she isn't interested in making people pay a small fee for plastic bags. Instead, she supports a total ban and says she might introduce an ordinance toward that end before the year is through.

More from the Journal:
Tuthill said she never liked plastic bags, expressing particular annoyance at their tendency to end up as "tree ornaments."

At Tuthill's Balloon Emporium, the small Uptown business she operated for 30 years, large plastic bags corralled balloons for transport. Otherwise, Tuthill avoided using them.

"We did handled paper bags so that people could re-use them as gift bags," she said.
Tuthill's history as a longtime balloon shop owner prompted this quip from Ben Clark: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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ksamejim
ksamejim

No matter your opinion of Meg Tuthill, plastic bags are a scourge to our environment on so many levels and it's easy to bring your own bag to the store

John Zellie
John Zellie

If you don't like plastic, simply ask for paper, but please don't force your opinions and spurious judgements on to everyone else,

John Zellie
John Zellie

What is wrong with plastic? Meg needs real life, maybe a diet too.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

Meg Tuthill is a condescending wing-nut and a bitch, I feel REALLY sorry for her husband.  I wonder if he needs permission to go to the bathroom...

solutionspm
solutionspm

Next up...how many squares do you REALLY need to wipe your ass?

Do people ever get tired of government telling them what they can and cannot do?  What they can and cannot  eat. What they can and cannot carry their belongings in?

I'm so glad Meg and others know how many bags I really need as this conveniently eliminates the need for me to think for myself.  

solutionspm
solutionspm

This coming from a lady who made a living with a balloon store on Hennepin until just a few years ago? How many birds did her mylar and latex balloons kill? This is nothing more than a ploy to get traction to beat Bender for city council.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

I am sickened that I agree with this horrible person.

Seriously though...I think we're all very excited to see Meg leave come November/January. Between her arrogant, unhelpful, mean-spirited and entitled tone to lies about the ability of councilpersons to make exceptions to a stupid old ordinance to encourage business growth, the her outright discouragement of private business growth in her ward (that isn't a chain store), Meg is as out of touch with the demands of her area as Diane Hofstede is in mine. Good riddance to these two.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I think we ought to have to pay for them if we want them.  Same for paper bags, too.  Now that we don't have to use paper bags for recycling, there's no need to have a lot of them on hand.  A bag is an item with a use and a cost; why not pay for it.  I would buy a few every so often.  They're great to have for pet leavings, or swimsuits, or various purposes when traveling.  But I don't need nearly as many as I get, and I hate they way people litter them all over.

I find Meg Tuthill to be an incredibly annoying, arrogant, entitled NIMBY-type, but she's got a point this time.

SalinasGal
SalinasGal

As a recent transplant from Monetery, California, I would welcome this ban.  We banned them in Monetery and people still managed to buy groceries, transport their lunches to work, pick up after dogs--and we did all of those things with no increase in poeple getting violently ill from contaminated reusable bags. The landscape is far less littered with plastic, and the landfills will be reclaimed by the earth much faster.

Surely if we in California can figure out how to do this, you the friendly people of the Northern Plains can figure it out, too.  Even if your accents are weird.

TC4L
TC4L

I grew up in a large Mong community but never realized until adulthood so never asked.  Why do Mongs always use plastic and not paper?  They would not like this ban.  I live across the street from a Mong family now but they're new.  First impression can't be asking why the hell they always use plastic.

fredflintstoned
fredflintstoned

I support this ban. I also support a ban on music at Hidden Beach. I can't stand those hippies. I'm cereal.

yeah
yeah

The author obviously think it's fashionable to trash meg tuthill. How does it feel when your public doesn't agree with you mr snarky reporter? 

Jessicat ST
Jessicat ST

Yes. You'd have to provide your own bag for your own lunch. Novel idea, I know.

Jessicat ST
Jessicat ST

Yeah because your delicate senses are far more important than the effect on the world at large. It's all about you.

Jessicat ST
Jessicat ST

Why did you add the balloon shop bit to immediately attempt to discredit her opinion? Many cities are banning plastic bags. And rightfully so.

Idalia Robles De León
Idalia Robles De León

I just hate it when the glue in the paper bags freezes, and, well... There go your groceries.

Erika Frankel
Erika Frankel

Austin, TX banned plastic bags earlier this year. It isn't really so bad, get cloth reusable bags so you can wash them often or ask for paper.

Laura Cederberg
Laura Cederberg

surprising that in a city that considers itself to be so progressive and forward thinking that this hasn't happened yet while its been incredibly successful in other parts of the country...

Charley Holden
Charley Holden

So she has tried to ban outdoor bar patios, backyard bonfire pits and now plastic bags? If she's so concerned about being "green" maybe she should quit sending laminated campaign ads to my house.

Rajean Moone
Rajean Moone

In DC you have to pay 5 cents for any plastic bag including the little ones at Subway. Plastic bags are non-existent in many places.

patrick_massey
patrick_massey

I'm ok with a plastic bag ban.  I guess I'd just prefer to see it coming from someone that didn't build a business on wasting one the worlds most precious resources, helium.  It's used for super cooling and medical imaging to name a few, and she made a living wasting as much of it as possible.  There is less than 20 years worth of He left in the world.  Coming from her, this is a pot calling the kettle black.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

its too late...robots consume plastic bags for energy. How will the robot overlords subsist without these?

John Lilja
John Lilja

So if I need some cheap plastic bags for carrying my lunch to work, I have to buy them? And pay for the packaging they come in? Perhaps Minneapolis should amend their recycling contract to include these bags. Currently we cannot recycle them here. From http://www.minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/recycling..."Do not place plastic bags in your recycling cart. You may collect your recycling in plastic bags, but you must dump the recyclables out of the plastic bag into the cart and place the plastic bag in the garbage..."

Nicholas Rupar
Nicholas Rupar

2 things I think of when I read this, 1st, now that it's no longer convenient for her to use plastic bags, she wants to ban them, and 2, I think MN lawmakers are just trying to introduce and pass their own "ban law."

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

but i DO mind plastic bags discarded carelessly on the breeze, or stuck, twisting like a tattered flag, in the trees. please put an end to all of these ecologically unsound proclivities before we all end up on our knees with a bag on our heads, which makes it difficult to breathe.

Cale J Soukup
Cale J Soukup

BUT it is convenient to always find a poop bag (for my dog) floating around when I don't have one.

Cale J Soukup
Cale J Soukup

Good, maybe it won't look like a scene from American Beauty in my yard.

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

I don't mind bagging my own groceries at all. not a problem.

Johann Sailer
Johann Sailer

We must find ways to reduce this mess. Plastic bottles, too. I refuse to buy any beverages in plastic.

DESTROYMEGTUTHILL
DESTROYMEGTUTHILL

Someone needs to utterly destroy her campaign for this. We need a Frank Underwood level schemer to fucking ruin her. 


ksamejim
ksamejim

There is so much wrong with plastic. Inform yourself and make a decision.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@TC4L You grew up in the Hmong community but never learned how to spell Hmong?

Hmong or not: Plastic bags are inexpensive in comparison with paper, which is why anyone uses plastic bags.

yeah
yeah

@Charley Holden outdoor bar patios=noise pollution. backyard bonfires=air pollution. plastic bags=litter. getting the theme here Chuck? 

ksamejim
ksamejim

Most are not biodegrable, they instead degrade into microscopic pieces that are mistaken for plankton by fish, whales, etc

yeah
yeah

@John Lilja you recycle them at grocery stores genius. you've obviously never cared enough to find out. 

solutionspm
solutionspm

@DavidFoureyes TC4L may have been spelling it so it's easier for people to pronounce. Put an "H" in there and people will say "Ha-Mung". And for what's it's worth, not every Hmong says it or spells it like we're familiar with.   Different Hmong regions/clans may spell and pronounce it differently. One way to correctly say it is "MONG" with a long "o" sound, so maybe he spelled it right after all.

solutionspm
solutionspm

@yeah @DESTROYMEGTUTHILL A better place by more government telling us what we can and cannot do to the minutia of bags? Yes, bend-over for Meg Tuthill.

solutionspm
solutionspm

@DavidFoureyes You are wrong. Dead wrong. Mong isn't a derogatory spelling.  In addition to the numerous derogatory western names, there are other derogatory words that came from other SE Asian countries to describe them in a derogatory way that Hmong find even more offensive. 

There are at least three sub-groups of Hmong that I know of off hand. White, green and blue.  A "white" Hmong will dress, write and speak differently than someone from the "green" Hmong group. They're all Hmong in the general sense, but Mong may (I'm pretty sure as my Hmong wife said so) be indicating a specific Hmong group. Not sure if Mong refers to the white, green or blue Hmong sub-group.

You are right, that surely everybody in MN knows how to spell Hmong (although almost no one knows how to properly pronounce it), the spelling, MONG is more than likely coming from somebody indicating a sub-group, as some Hmong have strong sub-group identities.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@solutionspm Are you kidding me? Anyone that lives in the Twin Cities knows how to say and spell Hmong. And show me a piece of lit that comes from within that community that using "Mong" instead of H'mong or Hmong...

Mong is a shortened version of "mongoloid" and is derogatory in most parts of the english speaking world and is an analog of "retard". No one is spelling Hmong "Mong" unless they don't know better.

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