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Pension reforms should apply to city elected officials

I see that our mayor wants new employees to settle for a 401(k) pension plans ("Rawlings-Blake seeks to switch new employees from pensions to 401(k)-style plans," July 15).

I understand why there should be exceptions for the police and fire departments. They put their lives on the line. But the new plan should apply to elected officials.

If the plan isn't good enough for them, you can be sure it's not a good plan. I'm tired of elected officials, including the mayor, thinking that they are so special that they don't have to live within their means. This is supposed to be a republic, not a monarchy.

Pat Harcarik, Baltimore

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