MontCo officials still committed to bag tax

Re: "MontCo to consider narrowing scope of bag tax," Oct. 5

This article is as misleading as the accompanying headline. It's hard to believe that the reporter and I attended the same Montgomery County Council meeting where Council President Roger Berliner voiced strong support for the law.

The quote attributed to me made it sound like we're uncertain about the environmental impact of the law. What I actually said was that the data showing the impact isn't yet available.

The District of Columbia recently reported that in a survey of 600 residents, 75 percent said they had reduced their plastic bag usage in the two years since enactment of D.C.'s bag law. Environmental groups are reporting far fewer bags in streams and waterways. We expect a similar impact here in Montgomery County.

Mr. Berliner and I both agreed that the law has focused people's attention on an important environmental issue. Montgomery County strongly supports measures to reduce litter and clean up polluted streams. Those reading The Examiner article were misled into thinking that county officials are rethinking that commitment.

Bob Hoyt


Montgomery County Dept. of Environmental Protection


Obama's dismal debate performance cost him votes

President Obama's poor performance in the first presidential debate can only be described as a disaster for him and his campaign. Without a doubt, the president lost more than 5 million votes.

There, in front of live television, more than 55 million Americans saw a president who can't think quickly enough to engage in a discussion about matters that are the staple of the presidency. Obama showed that he cannot function without his teleprompter, cue cards and other props when he makes a public statement.

But the most revealing part of Obama's debate failure was his demeanor and appearance. He looked like a broken, tired man unengaged in what was going on mentally or emotionally. He lacked confidence, and it was quite obvious that he lacked knowledge and preparation as well.

It would be easy to blame the president's aides and advisers for failing to prepare him -- or Mitt Romney for attacking him with a whole bunch of facts. But he can only blame himself for his dismal performance.

Luis Ginesi Dominguez


Obama, not Romney, actually won first debate

Because of work, I didn't watch the first debate between Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama. At first, I took viewers' and the media's word for it that Romney was victorious. But after watching a taped video of the debate a few days later on NPR, I beg to differ.

Obama was profound, calm, cool, collective, concise, mature and focused. The Romney I saw was full of himself, anxious and eager to deliver zingers. Romney's debating style was so artificial and unpresidential, he looked more like a child throwing a baseball to impress his parents.

I believe the media and many viewers were not looking for well-thought-out responses, but instant gratification packed with untrue zingers. In my opinion, the quiet, silent maturity Obama showed in the debate helped make Romney more transparent to millions of voters in the country.

We all know now that we have to watch Big Bird's back.

Alfred Waddell

West Dennis, Mass.