To the Editor:

"What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long." Thomas Sowell

So, the ban on polystyrene food containers will appear on the ballot in May because it's important to save marine life from the scourge of polystyrene. I've heard nothing from the local high school activists regarding Japan's decision to resume commercial whaling this year; I digress. Polystyrene equals bad so it must be banned because those with selective outrage have demanded so. The facts don't matter, even though the true concern should be pollution of any kind.

I really don't care what type of container a business chooses to use the important word being related to "choice." But the referendum will be put to the people and it will pass because it's been sold as a good cause. With little or no concern for the businesses, the ban will have an affect and no remedy will be offered by those who demand banning polystyrene products. Will the high school activists soon be storming into Stonewall Kitchen demanding that they cease production of strawberry and peanut butter products since polystyrene occurs naturally in both? I doubt it.

At the end of the day, a summer day on York's beaches, there will still be litter left on the beaches.

We hear a slogan from the Watergate-era a lot lately, "Democracy dies in darkness." True, but history has shown us time and again that democracy dies with democracy. Allowing every issue to be decided by the majority of voters, not by representatives of citizens as a whole as our system of government was designed, will eventually lead to the loss of freedom of choice for all.

Lisa Hedger

Cape Neddick