Wednesday letters: Voters should nix strong mayor

November 13, 2013 

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TRACY GLANTZ — tglantz@thestate.com Buy Photo

— Columbia does not need a strong mayor. We have lived peacefully and abundantly successful under our present form of government.

This 4-2-1 arrangement was set up in the 1980s after a long, bitter battle and has stood the test of time. It is equal; it is fair; it is justifiable; it is accountable. It is diverse and truly representative of all of our citizens.

Representative is the key. It is based on the principles of the Founding Fathers: the separate branches (legislative, executive and judicial) set up for checks and balances that guarantee limitations of terms and authority, and the power of individual voting rights. This strong-mayor concept obviates the need for any other elected representative.

Our U.S. government is the most envied and longest-standing democracy in the world. I would like to know why anyone wants to change our representative form of government into a dictatorship.

Read their ridiculous reasons for change.

Please look up the definitions of a democracy and a dictatorship. Dictators do not follow laws, they make laws, often ruthless and corrupt. Look around our world today — wars, turmoil, fleeing refugees and grief — all dictatorships.

Read the list in the brochure by the Columbia League of Women Voters of the powers granted to a strong mayor: appoints, sets salaries and removes employees at will. That is super, transforming and dangerous power. It will take another revolution to take down a no-term-limit, visionary strong mayor.

We cannot afford to leave our children with this obscene inevitability. Vote “no” for a strong mayor.

Albert L. Reid

Columbia

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