Starbucks plans to phase out plastic straws by 2020. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Regarding the July 10 Economy & Business article “Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws by 2020, switch to recyclable options”:

Once one has been weaned from breast or bottle and has passed safely through the sippy-cup phase, there is no reason to drink anything through a straw. Neither children nor adults need to suck their nourishment. It’s unattractive, noisy, gaseous and thoroughly silly.

Margot J. Fromer, Silver Spring