A D.C. mayor we can talk to

Sunday, November 21, 2010; 7:42 PM

Regarding the Nov. 18 Metro article "A debt Gray has to deal with":

D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles, speaking of the city's union employees, stated: "I think they've got a chokehold on the chairman. I fear for the return of a culture of complacency. . . . It's the question of what people think every day, every hour every minute what they can get away with." The irony is that this was the exact mentality of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration.

As a union member, I hold no illusions of what a new contract will bring. It will probably be nothing, considering the economic state of the nation, and that is fine with me.

I do know that with Vincent C. Gray as mayor we will gain the ability to sit down and talk with management at the table, a common decency that was never offered by the Fenty clan.

Stephen Kuhn, Alexendria

The writer is a lieutenant in the D.C. Fire Department.

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