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Now that the hoopla has died down, can we look at the reality? I agree with Sen. Barbara Mikulski on most issues, but six terms for any senator is four terms too many ("Hail Baltimore's happy warrior," March 2).

We celebrate political longevity like it is something good. It isn't. It is a shameful blot on our system that those who are in power tend to have all the money to stay in power.

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Then we elect their children and relatives because they inherit the power and wealth. I know there are exceptions, but this is all too often the rule. As a result, we get the Bush family. As a result, we get the gerrymandered 3rd Congressional District and Rep. John Sarbanes.

As a result, we get Strom Thurmond in office — and out of touch — at age 100.

Even when they call themselves outsiders, winning candidates have the political family or money connections like Gov. Larry Hogan, Gov. Martin O'Malley or House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

So best wishes to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (44 years in office), Sen. Ben Cardin (48 years in office), and especially to Rep. Debbie Dingell who just took over the seat her husband held for 60 years (after succeeding his father).

Go for the gold and be just like Strom and to hell with term limits.

Frank Fletcher, Baltimore

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