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Are career politicians like Mikulski what the Founding Fathers had in mind?

The article "Mikulski at ease with decision, record in Senate," (March 4), plus other succeeding articles about Sen. Barbara Mikulski compel me to make the following comments.

I guess I should congratulate Senator Mikulski on her public service career. Forty plus years of being an elected politician — is that what the founding fathers of the Constitution had in mind ? I don't think so. These career politicians whom Ms. Mikulski personifies are a major reason why our state and our country are so screwed up. Career politicians engage in making decisions based upon their own selfish, ambitious goals instead of making decisions that are to the benefit of their constituents.

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Here's an example. About 11 years ago, as a teacher, I asked approximately 300 of my students to contact Senator Mikulski's office to express support for her to introduce a piece of legislation designed to call upon all of the nursing homes in the United States to try to reach a 6-to-1 ratio of nurses' aides to patients. The major problem in nursing homes then, and still today, is the shortage of nurses' aides in taking care of individuals who reside in nursing homes. Because of Maryland's weak laws regarding nursing care, nursing homes can have as many as 50 patients under the care of 1 nurse's aide. Is it any wonder why nursing homes are virtually warehouses for the elderly despite attempts on the part of nursing home owners to con the residents' relatives into believing they are doing a good job?

How did Senator Mikulski, a champion of the elderly, respond to the wishes of her constituents? She ignored them. The health care industry carries a lot of weight with politicians.

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Now what has happened following Ms. Mikulski's announcement of not seeking a 6th term of office? Most of the Maryland delegation plus the mayor of Baltimore City are trying to manipulate themselves into position to grab at this plush elected office. What a stepping stone for any of these politicos! What's more important to them — caring about the constituents they are supposed to represent or doing what they have to do to move into the next political hierarchy? Ms. Mikulski's remarks, that she will use the next two years to campaign for the people instead of campaigning for herself, give credence to this point.

Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

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