October 13, 2008
CITY Council needs a two-term limit. Eight years is enough. Council folks know they'll keep getting re-elected. They get the sense that they can do whatever they please, and the law no longer applies to them. They're supposed to be public servants, yet some of them are only interested in serving themselves. Joseph Wolos, Philadelphia
April 16, 2010
WHEN anyone is elected to an office on the city, state or federal level, term limits should come into play. The voters should be able to put a candidate in for two terms - and then they have to get out. Most of these old geezers want more and more. They believe they have the power to do as they please. Deals are constantly being made behind closed doors. They all preach the same thing, "Do as I say, not as I do. " A lot of incumbents are up for re-election. I'll bet Harry Reid and that disgraceful woman Pelosi are sweating.
June 14, 2007
STU BYKOFSKY'S column on state Rep. Mark Cohen's expense habits highlights precisely why I am an ardent supporter of term limits. Our founding fathers never intended for citizens to make a lifelong career of serving in elective office! Dale Septer, Cherry Hill The forgotten day D-Day, June 6, 1944, the invasion of Normandy. "The longest day. " The beginning of the end of World War II. June 6, 2007, the 63rd anniversary of D-Day and not a word in either the Daily News.
March 10, 1995 |
Among the proposals soon to be haggled over in Congress is a measure to limit the number of terms each U.S. representative or senator would be permitted to serve. Although some may believe the 1994 elections stand as a strong argument against term limits, they remain a necessary political reform. The purpose of term limits is to change the present Washington mentality that makes self-preservation a higher goal than responsible government. If a politician approaches his job knowing that his service will be temporary, he will be more likely to look beyond narrow, parochial interests.
October 29, 1991 |
The specter of term limits haunts politicians everywhere. Last year voters in California and Colorado approved referendums curtailing the tenure of state legislators, and the matter is now in the courts. Now an initiative in Washington State threatens to unseat House Speaker Tom Foley. Although term limits seem to have an irresistible appeal to a disgruntled electorate, many experts are skeptical. They see the idea as a Republican ploy to win a House majority, and say it would sacrifice valuable expertise by forcing experienced legislators to retire.
April 25, 2007 |
Michele Masterfano lives and writes in Philadelphia When I drive across the Schuylkill on 34th Street, coming out of University City, I always think that the Center City towers, with the sunlight reflecting off them, looks like the Emerald City. It looks prosperous, bustling, and happy, even though you are just looking at buildings. But I've also come to realize that there really is a wizard behind the curtain pulling the levers that run the city. That wizard is not a man speaking into a booming microphone but the machine politics of this city.
February 7, 2002 |
THE QUESTION of auditor independence is at the heart of the Enron fiasco. Although many of the current proposals to ensure this independence are worth considering, the best of them is one borrowed from the world of government and politics: term limits. Like elected officials in New York City and elsewhere, auditors of publicly held companies should be allowed to serve the same company for only a set number of years. An auditing firm that knew that its contract had a defined time horizon - say, five years - would have far less incentive to compromise its standards to accommodate a management whose accounting practices were questionably aggressive or problematic.
April 18, 2011 |
MIAMI - Dissidents in Cuba on Sunday dismissed Raul Castro's call for term limits, branding it an empty gesture designed actually to extend the Castro brothers' 52 years in power. The proposal, if implemented, would mean Raul Castro would have to step down as head of government in 2018, when he would be 86. His older brother Fidel transferred power to him after emergency surgery in 2006. Fidel Castro was 79 then, as his brother is now. The proposal is positive but "doesn't resolve our essential problem, which is the monopoly on power by a group whose policies have failed for 50 years," dissident economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe said by phone from Havana.
January 21, 2011
STU, great column on the Deferred Retirement Option Plan. I'm from Northeast Philly, and you can count on me to pass the word not to vote for Verna, Rizzo, Tasco and DiCicco. These Council members are a disgrace. They are so arrogant they truly believe there's no one else out there who could do a better job than they do. The only way to stop this is to put term limits on City Council. Three are all you get, and then you have to find another office to run for - or get another job. How about another article explaining how we, the citizens of Philadelphia, can vote to put term limits on City Council - and, while we're at it, on any office that allows unlimited years in office.
October 1, 2010
IFOR ONE AM a proud senior citizen. I've seen many come and many go. I say we need term limits to any elected office. Some of these geezers are like fixtures on the wall. Two terms and hit the road. We need some young blood in office to represent the taxpayers. Vote the bums out, the people must push for this resolution. Pat Panichelli, Philadelphia