Farmer Henry Brockman says he doesn’t like the eco-implications of handing out plastic shopping bags to his customers at the farmers’ market in downtown Evanston every Saturday.

So he started charging them 25-cents for a set of four bags.

Guess what? While some customers got the message, others were outraged, sending him nastygrams and threatening to stop shopping at his stand.

It all made for a big story in the Chicago Tribune, which, in turn prompted blogger and sometimes Tribune columnist Dennis Byrne to tsk, tsk about the inconsistency of folks in politically correct Evanston.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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