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What Would You Ban in Portsmouth?

A number of surrounding communities have deep-sixed some interesting items and activities over the past year, but should Portsmouth join the banning bandwagon?

Last October, Barrington passed a plastic shopping bag ban that went into effect on Jan. 1.  

Nearby in Massachusettes, Concord’s so-called bottle ban became a bylaw earlier this week, Brookline recently banned plastic bags and Styrofoam cups, and Arlington’s Town Meeting this fall upheld a seasonal leaf blower ban.

Meanwhile, home-cooked foods have been forced out of many schools, an ostensible attempt to protect against allergies and childhood obesity.

Portsmouth hasn’t exactly hopped on this banning bandwagon, but should it?

Is there an activity or item you would want to see banned out of environmental, health or quality-of-life concerns? Let us know in the comments section below.

dphs18 January 09, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Sorry Joan, I've been driving by that school for 15 years and I have never once seen a child. What about bus stops with children standing on the side of the road. Do you put your hazards on. That is a much more dangerous situation. If that school had children near the road I would be all for the 20MPH. Since there is no danger there, I will continue to drive by you and your blinking hazards at a safe speed.
getreal January 10, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Teapublicans (PCC).....I can not think of a worst council in my past 27 years than the PCC group just voted out..Portsmouth never had a bigger embarrassment!
Mike Kopp January 10, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Absolutely. And I do have 2 of my 4 kids still in the school system. It actually creates a safetly problem since turn signals become difficult or impossible (depending on the lights used for the hazard flasher) to see. Nothing like a car with its flashers on stopping in the left lane unexpectedly to create an unsafe traffic snarl. How about we all just slow down to the speed limit and look out for kids instead of flashers?
Ralph Mace January 10, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Instead of worrying about what to ban, how about we worry about SPENDING LESS!
christina January 12, 2013 at 01:39 AM
I think it could be educational and really fun to add an airsoft gun store, kinda like airsplat.com to the community! It could help get more kids into the sport of actually being outside and not in front of a computer or TV screen playing video games 24/7. I know with resent issues at schools this comment will be controversial but who know's? Just a thought..

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