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Critique of ‘fossilized’ leaders smacks of bias

In her Jan. 14 op-ed “A generation gap at City Hall,” Jennifer Graham forgets one thing: “Calcified” mayors are elected by their constituents.

Using Thomas Menino as an example of a “fossilized” mayor flies in the face of Boston’s growth as a city. People, young and old, desire to live here. Tax revenues are up. Menino has encouraged programs to get Bostonians to move — on foot and on bike paths.

I think the premise of Graham’s argument is ageist. To equate “old age” with “treachery” and “youth” with “skill” is sloppy reasoning.

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Replace “old age” with “black” or “female,” and people would be incensed.

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Let’s stop name calling and discuss issues.

Patricia Steiner

South Boston