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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.

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

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

Let’s stop name calling and discuss issues.

Patricia Steiner

South Boston

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