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Paul Robeson Jr.

Five years is too many

Five years is too many

Since 1794, the voters of Charm City have had the same political reality as most: a four-year ritual of choosing the most qualified mayoral and City Council candidates vying for their support, to serve a prescribed term understood by those very voters to be of a certain length. The reality that if you pick an official who does not live up to your expectations you would have to live with that public servant representing your interests for a four-year period has always been recognized and understood.

Most citizens would not expect their voter-approved contract to be breached by these officials based on selfish ambitions, seeking to extend said term to five years instead. But that is...