Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The people demanding a ban on plastic drinking straws are all young and hip. They think it’d be easy to switch to paper straws and way cool.
Those of us who are old and unhip remember paper straws. They collapsed when sucking a malt. They got soggy and mashed in your mouth when drinking a Coke so you had to keep ripping the end off, making the straw shorter and shorter. They were skinny and tasted bad.
But hey, bring back the past, by all means – trains and paper straws and bicycle-only-streets. I can’t wait for buggy whips.
We’re getting a lot of the big innovations from the LBJ and McGovern era. Why not paper straws. And Cnevy Citations.