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Those who profit from status quo naturally oppose change in mayor’s powers | READER COMMENTARY

A panel of former Baltimore mayors Sheila Dixon, Kurt Schmoke, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Martin O'Malley spoke on a virtual panel with Greater Baltimore Committee President Don Fry, top right.
A panel of former Baltimore mayors Sheila Dixon, Kurt Schmoke, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Martin O'Malley spoke on a virtual panel with Greater Baltimore Committee President Don Fry, top right.

Of course former mayors and the Greater Baltimore Committee don’t endorse changing the strong mayor system (“Former Baltimore mayors oppose government restructuring proposals introduced by the likely next mayor,” Sept. 21). A glance through the member directory of the GBC reveals a lot.

The members are made up of institutions that are thriving in Baltimore: big universities, banks, non-profits, medical groups, sports teams and companies. Why would they want to change a system, where they grow rich with only one person to influence? But look around our city: While the members of the GBC have been thriving, our neighborhoods are stuck with the results of systematic racism, under-investment and neglect.

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If the wealthy “patrons” of Baltimore oppose this move, we should be throwing even more support behind Brandon Scott and changing the system once and for all.

Megan Beller, Baltimore

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