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The dilemma

Hannie Wolf
Albion, Neb.

Whenever I enter a grocery store I am overcome with a pang of guilt.

After I finish my shopping I wheel the loaded grocery cart to the check-out counter. As the clerk empties the cart and rings up the price, she invariably asks me, “How would you like the items bagged, in paper or plastic?” While the customers behind me patiently wait for my decision, I am in a quandary. I am not sure how to answer her question.

Should I decide on paper sacks I am reminded of how many trees will have to be cut down to make millions of paper sacks? On the other hand should I choose plastic bags, our landfills will overflow, because plastic will never disintegrate.

I think I may have found the answer to the dilemma. It’s as simple as that. Over the years I have accumulated a supply of large cloth bags, which I will carry with me whenever I go grocery shopping.

From now on I can shop to my heart’s content without a feeling of guilt, knowing that I am doing my part in keeping Planet Earth from harm.