When the wind blows mightily, instead of new spring leaves on Portland’s trees and shrubs, our city’s landscaping is festooned with plastic bags, as is every chain link fence in Portland and environs.

Plastic bags and every description of trash fly through the air. On one particular day, a berm between Hannaford and Back Cove was filled with detritus.

Would a charge for plastic bags limit this horror? Perhaps (I’d vote for it), but shouldn’t we the litterers take responsibility for our own carelessness first? And wouldn’t it be thoughtful if Portland citizens made a concerted effort to clean up our own backyards and neighborhoods?

Sarah S. Meacham

Scarborough