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September 7, 2010
I was stunned by the contradictions between two recent editorials published by your newspaper. In the first ("Term limits are back," Sept. 2), you bemoaned new calls for legislative term limits in Maryland. You stated that term limits would suck the experience out of the legislature and transfer more power to the governor, staff, lobbyists and political parties. You called it a "formula for machine politics. " You then declared that frustrated voters could overcome the lock entrenched politicians have on their offices by simply voting them out. In a subsequent editorial about redrawing political districts ("Drawing a line," Sept.
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NEWS
January 1, 2014
In the Maryland General Assembly, newly-elected lawmakers inevitably have one experience in common. Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, rural or urban, it doesn't matter. When they arrive at the State House, they soon discover that the management of government and the issues they face are a lot more complicated than what they'd envisioned on the campaign trail. That's not to suggest first-term legislators are ill-informed or uneducated. Often, they are well suited for the job - better than their predecessors in many cases.
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NEWS
January 23, 2012
Once again, the Sun is advocating public financing of Maryland political campaigns. ("Limited thinking," Jan. 18). Forget it! The taxpayer is not going to vote an increase in the already excessive amount of money taken from his hard earned paycheck to finance redundant TV ads for a government that is dysfunctional. The same editorial is against term limits for Baltimore County Council members because elected officials "will be less experienced. " What are they experienced at - corruption and rubber-stamping anything Governor Tax wants?
NEWS
December 27, 2013
Regarding your recent editorial on state lawmakers' salaries, you write that the pay for part-time members of the General Assembly needs to be raised modestly in order "to maintain a diverse, part-time legislature" ( "Raising legislative pay," Dec. 18). I have a much less expensive way to increase the diversity of the legislature: Term limits. Restrict lawmakers' terms to six or 10 years, then make them move on. This would guarantee a continuous flow of fresh, diverse ideas through the legislature as well as ridding the system of the 'Good Old Boys' network currently entrenched in Annapolis.
NEWS
March 13, 2010
Congress sits in intractable inaction. Every perceived personal or political affront is etched into the memories of our representatives, spurring partisan retribution when future opportunities arise. The will of the people is sacrificed for the preservation of the party and the tenure of the person. Only by wresting control from career politicians can we infuse fresh attitudes, fresh ideas and much needed solutions into our government. We must impose term limits for members of the House and Senate.
NEWS
August 20, 2012
Senate President-for-Life Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker-for-lifeMichael E. Buschare the poster boys for term limits. There should be a referendum on November's ballot to this effect: Twelve years and you're out. It's the most efficient and effective way to do away with the Papa Docs. Jean Bernstein, Baltimore
NEWS
January 9, 2014
Letter writer Mark Brown asks "What's to fear from term limits?" (Jan. 7). The answer is: Plenty. In the late 1980s, "term limits" were sold to Ohio voters as a way to remove career politicians and their cronies. Instead, it transferred power to party bosses and their cronies, who used term limits to their benefit. So instead of "John Doe" leaving the state house when he was about to be term-limited out, he swapped his seat with state Sen. Jane Roe, who was appointed to Mr. Doe's former seat.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2012
John Delaney, a Democratic candidate in Maryland's 6th District, is calling for 12-year term limits for members of Congress, an extended “cooling off” period before lawmakers can become lobbyists and a plan to allow some illegal immigrants to stay in the country, his campaign said Tuesday. The proposals were included in a broader platform document posted on the Potomac financier's campaign website. Though many of the ideas are short on specifics, the document represents a shift in focus toward issues after weeks in which the two most active candidates in the Democratic primary have lobbed attacks at one another.
NEWS
March 26, 2012
Sen. Barbara Mikulskiwas recently honored as the longest-serving woman in Congress. I do not find this cause for celebration. Congress was not meant to be a life-long job. Career politicians like Ms. Mikulski, on both sides of the aisle, are a large part of the problem in Washington. Term limits need to be imposed. Patricia Turlington, Cockeysville
NEWS
March 31, 2010
In response to the article in the Sunpapers on March 30 concerning the call for congressional term limits ("Idea of term limits for Congress gets new wave of support), such a change in the Constitution seems highly unlikely. It was easy for Congress to vote for term limits for the president, since they were not affected. But it is virtually a certainty that today's self-serving politicians would ever seriously consider passing any sort of term limits that would effectively shorten their own careers.
NEWS
December 25, 2013
Marylanders should consider supporting higher pay for lawmakers in Annapolis only when legislators start supporting term limits for themselves. R.J. Stryjewski, Towson - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
December 2, 2013
The Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning is seeking applicants to volunteer to serve on its Odenton Town Plan Oversight Committee. the committee works to help facilitate the Odenton Town Master Plan, adopted in 2009 to promote development of a transit-oriented, mixed-used community. The committee is comprised of nine members, all of whom are appointed by the county executive and serve a three-year term. There are no term limits. The committee meets the last Tuesday of each month.
NEWS
November 6, 2013
The health care debacle is yet another example of the ineptitude of a popular president who is not qualified to be this country's leader. Obamacare was foisted onto the representatives at the last minute while those who wanted more time to examine this law were cast as being against poor people and health care. When President Barack Obama gave exemptions to various and sundry businesses, he would not give the same considerations to the people he was suppose to be helping, many of whom could not read this complex edict.
NEWS
May 23, 2013
Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. insults voters ("Councilman didn't disclose jobs," May 19). Did he think he was smarter than everyone else? After holding office for 15 years, he suddenly forgot how to fill out a financial disclosure form? This is another reason for term limits because the longer politicians hold office, the dumber they become. Joe Heming
NEWS
March 1, 2013
I could hardly believe my ears when President Barack Obama chastised lawmakers for focusing on the next election instead of the nation's business ("Military bases in Md. brace for U.S. budget cuts," Feb. 27). President Obama started his run for a second term right after the results of the first election were in. The last four years seemed to be one long campaign, but now with the term limits in effect this is wrong. Mr. Obama wants to keep "early education funding," which is just another way of saying free day care for the poor.
NEWS
August 27, 2012
If ever there were a compelling justification for term limits, the ongoing partisan stalemate in the current Congress is it. This privileged class would have us believe that only professional politicians with vast tenure can enact legislation that deals responsibly with complex national problems. Actually, most of the heavy lifting in the legislature is done by congressional staffers and special-interest group lobbyists. The guys (and gals) in Congress have only one driving interest - maintaining their own incumbency.
NEWS
March 31, 2010
Paul West's article on term limits ("Idea of term limits for Congress gets new wave of support," March 30) was objective and non-partisan, as it should be. But such an approach ignores the central problem with the idea of term limits: They will not solve the problem of the corrosive influence of money on public policy. And that money comes primarily from lobbyists stalking the halls of power, which makes term limits nothing more than a gimmick that is easily circumvented. Politicians will gladly step down after their term is up so they can get hired as lobbyists and have as much or even more influence than they did while in office.
NEWS
March 31, 2010
Regarding term limits, Andy Harris states "I think that the people should be able to decide how long their member of congress should serve" ("Idea of term limits for Congress gets new wave of support," March 30). I thought we already have that power. Congressmen have to re-run for office every two years, and the people are then able to decide if they want the incumbent to serve again. The only thing term limits accomplish is to prevent a popular effective leader the people are satisfied with and have repeatedly re-elected to serve again for the same office.
NEWS
August 22, 2012
The ballot questions were released Monday for all of Maryland to preview before the election. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller managed to find a way to get his precious casino where no one else wants one. He knows most of Maryland wants casino style games and very few want the 6th casino. Question 7 lumps both the new casino and casino style games all in to one. Our "lawmakers" continue to maintain dishonesty and further cement our trust in them - or lack thereof - by leading us to believe this would be treated as two separate issues.
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