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The Chat: Two views on the nip ban
August 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
It’s the issue that has grabbed New Bedford’s attention this summer.
Last week, the Licensing Board, at the prompting of Mayor Jon Mitchell, voted 3-0 to ban the sale of nips in New Bedford. The city follows nearby Fairhaven in its ban, as well as four other Massachusetts communities.
Proponents say the nip ban is necessary because they are difficult to recycle, and lead to discarded plastic bottles all over the place, not to mention encouraging alcoholism and drunk driving. Opponents say adults have a right to consume their legal alcohol of choice and that the ban will unfairly damage local businesses. They are asking for the public to be given a chance to weigh in on the issue and talking about legal challenges.
Join Mary Nicholson of Be the Solution to Pollution and Lynn Coish of Operation Clean Sweep as they discuss their support of the nip ban with Jack Spillane in Part 1 on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. And then for the other side, join Mark Riley of Freitas Package Store in New Bedford and Councilor-at-large Ian Abreu for Part 2 on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. as they discuss alternatives to the ban. As always, The Chat is free to attend, but you must register.
There’s two good sides to every issue and The Chat plans to get at both of them this week.