Earlier this week, the Eugene City Council decided to ban check-out plastic bags for all of the usual reasons – clogging storm drains, wildlife threat, wasting oil to make them, filling landfills, and on and on. In order to drive shoppers to invest in durable re-use bags they slapped a five cent fee on paper bags. So, no plastic. Less paper. More reusable bags. No emotion. No screaming. No name calling. No political correctness, just unapologetic common sense. Here’s a comment on how it all happened in this piece from the Eugene Register Guard, which Newport anti-baggers might want to read as they move forward on putting the issue on the ballot here on the coast. Click here.