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Today, ban on bottled water; tomorrow, ice cream?

BRIAN MACQUARRIE presented a remarkably balanced article on the new bottled water ban at the University of Vermont (“At Vt. school, no admission for bottled water,” Page A1, Feb. 15). The article also discussed the larger underlying issue — selling water in plastic bottles.

As a 7-Eleven owner, I sell bottled water, a lot of it, to people heading to the gym or to work, or to folks who simply prefer to buy and drink their water bottled. It is convenient and safe, but most important, it is their choice.

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The word “banned” bothers me. It really bothers me when someone decides what I can and cannot buy. Banning littering is a more reasonable alternative.

The bottled water companies have made huge improvements in eco-friendly bottles and responsible recycling. My fleece jacket is made from recycled plastic bottles.

To University of Vermont students: Be careful what you wish for. Those students who were standing in line for free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream may one day find that someone has banned it for their own good. Too much sugar, bad for your heart, etc.

Dennis Lane

Quincy

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