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Opening Arguments

Killer plastic

What, you use plastic bags, you Nazi sympathizer you?

Having your heart in the right place is a nice quality. But it often makes for bad public policy, and in the case of Baltimore City Councilman James Kraft, D-1, the practice of putting his emotions first seems to have displaced his head.

He equated using plastic bags with Nazi extermination tactics at a City Council meeting earlier this week.

“We don't want to be criticized by future generations for not doing enough now as were those who dealt with the Germans then,” Kraft said.

So what follows? Should those who use plastic bags be charged with murder? Genocide?

There was a time when such talk would have been dismissed as eccentric exremism. Now, it sounds positively mainstream.