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It is time for citizen legislators, term limits

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and the House of Representatives by Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ).

This session of Congress marks the first time in nearly 20 years that a serious term-limit bill has appeared in both houses with co-sponsorship.

According to the a nationwide poll on term limits conducted by Public Opinion Dynamics in September 2010, term limits have wide bipartisan support.

The poll showed that 78 percent of Americans support congressional term limits, including 74 percent of independents.

Major votes on state legislative term limits have been held in California, Maine and South Dakota over the last few years and voters have overwhelmingly supported term limit laws.

To become part of the constitution, a term limits amendment needs a two-thirds majority vote in the both the House and the Senate and subsequent ratification by 38 state legislatures.

Speaking of reader feedback, I received an email from Bob Klima, a senior citizen, who shared the following thoughts on the cultural changes that have taken place in the United States.

“Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary,” Klima wrote.

“We take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others. However, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was not the senior citizens who took the melody out of music, the pride out of appearance, the courtesy out of driving, the romance out of love, the commitment out of marriage, the responsibility out of parenthood, the togetherness out of the  family, the learning out of education, the service out of patriotism, the Golden Rule from rulers, the nativity scene out of cities, the civility out of behavior, the refinement out of language, the dedication out of employment, the prudence out of spending, the ambition out of achievement, or God out of government and school.

“We certainly are not the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others.

“We do understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our country.”

Thank you, Bob, and all who have shared their thoughts and concerns.

Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@denpubs.com

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