Yet another tax
I've read and reread our governor’s tax proposals. Quite a list! I'd like to add one of mine! He also is taxing us by daring us to stay in Connecticut!
John O. Roy, WallingfordThe fewer ‘nips,’ the better
I write in response to the Feb. 22, front-page story in the Record-Journal on retailers’ concerns regarding deposits for wine and liquor bottles — including “nips.” Discarded nip bottles are a scourge on the landscape and something needs to be done to address them.
Several times a week, my wife and I walk through our Meriden neighborhood. Last fall, I made the effort to count the empty “nips” along a 150-foot stretch of road in front of our house — and stopped counting at 200 nips. We routinely pick “nips” out of our landscaping and flower beds along the roadside. This infestation of discarded nips is replicated along roadsides and in parks across the entire state.
It is the height of irresponsibility for any wine/liquor retailer to object to measures intended to address this source of litter and pollution simply because of cost or inconvenience to their business. Consider the inconvenience to property owners and park visitors caused by retailers selling nips in the first place.
The retailer interviewed in the article stated that once people begin bringing hundreds of empties back for the deposit, they probably won’t be selling nips anymore. From where I stand, that would be absolutely great! Fewer nips bottles sold equals fewer nips bottles littering the roadsides and lawns.
Donald Smith, Meriden
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