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February 24, 2014
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Letter: Term limits not needed in politics

Just vote out the scoundrels

While I always appreciate Jeff Ackerman’s wonderful humor and writing skill, I do not always agree with his point of view. However, his article in the Feb. 16 edition of The News-Review concerning term limits has led me to heave a sigh of relief and conclude that being conservative, per se, does not entail being brain dead.

I have never understood why the Tea Party has embraced the notion of imposing term limits and thereby mindlessly and unconditionally chasing experienced legislators out of office regardless of how capable, productive, and beneficial they may be. They suggest that incumbency somehow raises a shroud of invisibility over the criminality and incompetence of politicians. They claim that power leads to manipulation of the media, buying of influence, and construction of indestructible political dynasties. It’s paranoid baloney, pure and simple.

As Ackerman so ably noted, it is up to the public to vote incompetent nitwits out of office. There is no reason why they can’t. Indeed, if the Tea Party can convince people to sign petitions for term limits, then they can convince the same people to vote out the scoundrels who are the objects of their concern. Does my logic fail me?

Scott D. Mendelson

Roseburg


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