“It’s enough to put a bag over our heads”

“It’s enough to put a bag over our heads”

Nighan undercover at Wegmans  

In CITY publishes “Picking up the slack”, we lament the incredibly shrinking Opinion/Letters-to-the Editor section of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, reduced to just Sunday and buried halfway in the Business pages.  This week only seven letters were printed.

To the D & C‘s credit, today one of the letters, “Wegmans not the only bag in town,” is by our Michael J. Nighan. Again, credit where credit is due, the D & C did not shy away from Nighan’s critique of its fawning — or at least excessive — coverage of Wegmans’ transition from plastic to paper bags.

OPINION page, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 2/2/20

Democrat and Chronicle, March 23rd, 2019

By the way, the D & C no longer even bothers to post printed letters online.

Editor’s note:

While agreeing with Nighan that the D & C short shrifts other local businesses also impacted by the state ban, I do think moving from plastic to paper and encouraging multiple use carrying bags is overall a good thing.

The East Avenue Wegmans, 2/2/20. (left) David Kramer recycling leftover Wegmans’ plastic bags [Photo: anonymous]; (right) Reusing Price Rite bag bought for 15 cents [Photo: Gilbert, Wegmans staff]


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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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